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The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach DVD/CD

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Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach UME/Mercury Studios/Rolling Stones Records 2021 Rolling Stones concerts have been synonymous with spectacle since the Seventies, but never more so than in recent years, especially in the case of their free concerts as documented on A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach. Like the similarly-conceived and executed Havana Moon (Eagle Rock, 2016), this stage production is the definition of grandiose, here including a bridge specially-constructed to ...

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The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency To Legacy

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There are plenty of fictional stories about utopian societies where life is good and everybody gets along. Of course, the word utopia literally means “no place," suggesting that an actual utopia is nothing more than an illusion, but that hasn't stopped people from trying. Although there are many utopian societies that didn't work, there are a few real world attempts that have come close. One such example could be The Music Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts. Even though it wasn't a ...

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Sisters With Transistors

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Sisters With Transistors Director: Lisa RovnerMetrograph Pictures86 minutes 2021 The history of electronic music has always been a male-dominated tale, which is odd given just how formative women have been in its development. Writer and director Lisa Rovner's fascinating documentary Sisters With Transistors addresses this historical imbalance in honoring the pioneering women who forged uncharted paths in electronic music/experimental sound. As narrator Laurie Anderson relates, it is a story of ..."women ...

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Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac

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Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac BMG 2021 Enclosed in a hardbound book format similar to Then Play On -The Celebration Edition (BMG, 2020), this homage to the late Peter Green, British guitarist and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac group, is a formal affair no less deeply felt for the equitable sharing of the spotlight for its duration. Whereas sit-ins have become increasingly common to ...

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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth '76

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Live At Knebworth Eagle Rock Entertainment 2021 By the time Lynyrd Skynyrd appeared at the Knebworth Festival in England on August 21. 1976, the group had risen to an estimable plateau of popularity. But, in keeping with the band's increasingly tumultuous history, it had also plummeted somewhat from the commercial pinnacle of its sophomore album Second Helping (MCA, 1974) and, in the midst of a grueling tour schedule to support the subsequent albums ...

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Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity

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Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity Director: Adam Kahan Distributor or Film Company USA: 90 minutes Premier Date: Nov. 12, 2019 This is an exceptional jazz film that most likely would have made its way into art theaters around the world were it not that four months after its premier in jny: New York City, the pandemic struck, and most theaters closed down. However, it is readily available on the web, for example at Amazon ...

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Angela's Ring: An Opera Revue of the European Debt Crisis

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Kabir Sehgal, Marie Incontrera, et al. Angela's Ring Tiger Turn 2021 Opera, we are told, has long been political, and not just since Verdi and Wagner. What would West End musical theater be without Les Mis? Or drama without Barbara Garson's 1966 play, Macbird? Yes, even economics makes a token appearance in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. In fact, Wilde's famous line “Cecily, you will read your Political Economy in my absence. The ...


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