Category Archives: Music

Jajouka Or Joujouka? The Conflicted Legacy Of The Master Musicians

“‘Telephone Man’ was a gimbri player who used to play in the village of Joujouka (just as often spelled Jajouka), decades before mobile phones finally connected the hilltop base to the outside world around ten years ago. He would visit … Continue reading

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“Crawdaddy was an American rock music magazine launched in 1966. It was created by Paul Williams, a Swarthmore College student at the time, in response to the increasing sophistication and cultural influence of popular music. The magazine was named after … Continue reading

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Ronnie Spector: You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory

Publicity photo of the Ronettes—Nedra Talley, Veronica Bennett (Ronnie Spector) and Estelle Bennett “On Wednesday, in the hours after Ronnie Spector’s family announced her passing from cancer at seventy-eight, I played, on loop, her cover of the Johnny Thunders punk … Continue reading

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A Huge Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music (1920-2007) Featuring John Cage, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart & More

“If you’ve taken any introductory course or even read any introductory books on music, you’ll almost certainly have heard it described as ‘organized sound.’ Fair enough, but then what do you call disorganized sound? Why, noise of course. And all … Continue reading

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Philip Glass – Two Pages / Contrary Motion / Music in Fifths / Music in Similar Motion (1969-1971)

“The Philip Glass sound is easily caricatured in the minds of some listeners: a few minor-key notes are rattled off, and then repeated. By proposing to leave it at that, the composer’s critics reveal they haven’t listened to very much … Continue reading

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Cafe Au Go Go

“The Cafe Au Go Go was a Greenwich Village night club located in the basement of the New Andy Warhol Garrick Theatre building in the late 1960s, and located at 152 Bleecker Street in Manhattan, New York City. The club … Continue reading

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An Introduction to E.A.T. – Engineers, the Avant-Garde and a Tennis Court

Set of Documentation of the Workings of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) between 1966 and 1968 “On March 18th, 1960, a sculpture on the roof of New York’s Museum of Modern Art began to destroy itself. Engines attached to … Continue reading

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“Stand by Your Man” – Tammy Wynette (1968)

“‘Stand by Your Man’ is a song recorded by American country music artist Tammy Wynette, co-written by Wynette with Billy Sherrill. It was released on September 20, 1968 as the first single and title track from the album Stand by … Continue reading

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When The Angels – and 400,000 others – said Goodbye to Brian Jones.

“His was the driving sitar on ‘Paint It, Black,’ the syncopated marimba on ‘Under My Thumb.’ Brian Jones, progenitor of the Rolling Stones, died 50 years ago today, drowned in his swimming pool not long after frontman Mick Jagger and … Continue reading

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Lost John Coltrane Recording From 1963 Will Be Released at Last

On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his quartet recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey. The session was never released — until now. “If you heard the John Coltrane Quartet live in the early-to-mid-1960s, you were … Continue reading

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