Category Archives: Music

Dion: The Wanderer Has Never Left the Building

November 18, 2022: “When Dion DiMucci was attending junior high school in the Bronx, not long before he became a rock and roll sensation with the Belmonts—named for Belmont Avenue, near his home—his grandfather came over every morning to perform … Continue reading

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Ascension – John Coltrane (1965)

“Conventional wisdom—and many people’s understanding of jazz history—asserts that John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is the saxophonist’s masterpiece. Recorded in a single session with his indomitable Quartet on December 9, 1964, it almost makes sense as a variety of Christmas … Continue reading

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Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Brothers Anthology (1969 – 1972)

“Gram Parsons was overrated. Listen closely and you can hear the howls of outrage, but think about it for a minute: His voice was gentle and clear, but not particularly strong; he was no guitar whiz, playing mainly acoustic rhythm; … Continue reading

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Bob Weir on Psychedelic San Francisco and the Birth of the Grateful Dead

Fillmore West at Van Ness and Market, 1970, with marquee advertising upcoming Grateful Dead shows. “Bob Weir’s long, strange trip with the Grateful Dead began on New Year’s Eve, 1963, when he followed the sound of a banjo into a … Continue reading

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Love Never Dies: The Beatles’ Revolver Revisited

The Beatles in Abbey Road Studios, 19 May 1966. Courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd. “‘London swings… it is the scene,’ declares TIME magazine’s 15 April 1966 cover story. The most ‘with it’ ‘fab’ ‘groovy’ ‘kinky’ place on earth. Hopping from … Continue reading

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The History of Jazz Visualized on a Circuit Diagram of a 1950s Phonograph: Features 1,000+ Musicians, Artists, Songwriters and Producers

“The danger of enjoying jazz is the possibility of letting ourselves slide into the assumption that we understand it. To do so would make no more sense than believing that, say, an enjoyment of listening to records automatically transmits an … Continue reading

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Dexter Gordon – GO (1962)

“When Dexter Gordon recorded ‘GO’ for Blue Note Records on August 27, 1962, jazz wasmoving in many different directions. Tenor/soprano saxophonist John Coltrane and trumpeter Miles Davis were leading the modal explosion, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Cecil Taylor … Continue reading

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How New Orleans’ Creole Musicians Forged the Fight for Civil Rights

“While New Orleans’ Congo Square is acknowledged as the heart and birthplace of American music, New Orleans’ unique Creole musical community was the engine for what became America’s early civil rights movement. During French and Spanish rule, a combination of … Continue reading

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#13 – “I Fought the Law” – Bobby Fuller Four (1966), Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon (1962), Del Shannon – Runaway (1961), etc.

“The song ‘I Fought the Law’ was written in 1959 by singer-songwriter Sonny Curtis, who was with The Crickets. (Curtis played the guitar with The Crickets after Buddy Holly’s death). The song was on their 1960 album In Style with … Continue reading

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Nuyorican movement

THE LIFE AND POETRY OF JULIA DE BURGOS, Directed by Jose Garcia Torres, 1979, 28 minutes “The Nuyorican movement is a cultural and intellectual movement involving poets, writers, musicians and artists who are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent, … Continue reading

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