Category Archives: Music

‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, a hymn for Civil Rights

Cassius Clay & Sam Cooke, 1963 “… Just after releasing this song and recording with his friend Muhammed Ali, Sam Cooke was murdered under somewhat mysterious circumstances. The story behind this masterpiece – and the song itself – is enough … Continue reading

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The Impossibly Cool Album Covers of Blue Note Records: Meet the Creative Team Behind These Iconic Designs

“If you stepped into a record store in the 1950s and 60s, you would likely be drawn almost immediately to a Blue Note release—whether or not you were a fan of jazz or had heard of the artist or even … Continue reading

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We’ll Never Turn Back (1963)

“We’ll Never Turn Back contains unique footage of share croppers and voter registration activists telling their stories of heroism and hardship encountered in their fight to gain the right to vote in Mississippi in 1963. Fannie Lou Hamer tells her story of … Continue reading

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“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” – Bob Dylan (October 23, 1963)

“‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll’ is a topical song written by the American musician Bob Dylan. Recorded on October 23, 1963, the song was released on Dylan’s 1964 album, The Times They Are a-Changin’ and gives a generally factual … Continue reading

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Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles (1959)

“The Hypnotic Clamor of Morocco. In 1931, a twenty-one-year-old American composer in Paris named Paul Bowles visited Morocco at the suggestion of Gertrude Stein. His travel companion was his composition teacher, Aaron Copland. They rented a home in Tangier, where … Continue reading

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The Factory

Andy Warhol and assistant Gérard Malanga blocking a silk screen with glue, 1960. “The Factory was Andy Warhol‘s New York City studio, which had three different locations between 1962 and 1984. The original Factory was on the fifth floor at … Continue reading

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Richard Brautigan – Listening to Richard Brautigan (1970)

“This node of the American Dust website (formerly Brautigan Bibliography and Archive) provides comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan’s record album Listening to Richard Brautigan, and Brautigan’s recording of his poem ‘Love’s Not the Way to Treat a Friend’ included on … Continue reading

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