Articles tagged music history

‘Cigar Box Banjo’  Is a Nice Parting Gift From One of Canada’s Most Talented Writers

Cigar Box Banjo is less a memoir than it is an epitaph: Paul Quarrington wanted to be taken seriously as a bluesman, less so as an author.

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Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd by Glenn Povey

In an oversized edition, lavishly illustrated, this is a book that will put Floyd fanatics over the dark side of the moon.

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19 Jan 2010 // 8:59 PM

Rolling Stones: In the 1960s

This two-disc set is a decent attempt at encapsulating the group's early career -- a formidable task given the complexities of both the band and the era.

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King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records by Jon Hartley Fox

The story of dozens of artists great and small, and the record label that helped define both R&B and country music in the '40s, '50s and '60s.

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Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music by Patrick Huber

Patrick Huber's counter-narrative of Piedmont country music's complicated origins and characteristics deserves to be the dominant one.

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Black Postcards by Dean Wareham

As a participant in the rock 'n' roll scene in the late ‘80s and throughout the ‘90s, Wareham proves to be an invaluable guide and an incisive observer.

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Grunge Is Dead by Greg Prato

Prato's book makes one misty eyed for the good ol’ days, when flannel was the fashion and sludge rock was king.

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Hot Burritos: The True Story of the Flying Burrito Brothers by John Einarson with Chris Hillman

It seems like Einarson was more eager to include multiple perspectives, no matter how much they overlapped, than he was to craft a flowing narrative.

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I Want to Take You Higher by  Jeff Kaliss

Although the Viscaynes had disbanded by the time their music hit the airwaves, Stone had solidified his decision to continue pursuing a career in the music industry.

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The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross

Alex Ross' tome, winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, offers a history of the 20th Century as seen through the prism of the modern-day composer.

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Dusty! Queen of the Postmods by Annie J. Randall

As Randall thoroughly explores, Dusty Springfield's physical transfiguration and visual impact were only the tip of her transformation.

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Miles on Miles, ed Paul Maher Jr., Michael K. Dorr

Davis never wanted to stop moving, always wanted to be doing something, pissing somebody off, and driving people wild.

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Mind Over Matter 4: The Images of Pink Floyd

Do consider this book as a gift for the Floydian in your life ... just make sure she only looks at the pictures.

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It Still Moves by Amanda Petrusich

Petrusich is not concerned with how many records are sold or what tactics artists use in the studio. Her approach is more intangible, hence more emotionally tactile.

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The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, ed. Chad Berry

This collection of essays makes as much of an effort to raise questions about the National Barn Dance's disappearance from public memory as it does to rectify the problem.

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The Nightmare and the Dream by Dax-Devlon Ross

Author Dax-Devlon Ross reminds us that the personal is -- still -- political. And music is terribly personal.

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Revolution in the Head by Ian MacDonald

In spite of some troubling, reactionary views, the late MacDonald's song-by-song analysis of the Fabs' music remains a Top Five acquisition.

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2 May 2007 // 2:08 AM

Ahmet Ertegun If you’re a pop music buff and don’t recognize the name Ahmet Ertegun, you have to watch “Atlantic Records: The House

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Ahmet Ertegun The new documentary Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built, an “American Masters” installment, is required viewing for anyone who’s ever scanned

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Kiasmos: 26 May 2015 - Rough Trade NYC (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Kiasmos is the exciting, dark and trippy electronic project from Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen.

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