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Ziga Koritnik: Cloud Arrangers

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Cloud Arrangers
Ziga Koritnik
376 Pages
ISBN: 978-961-288-626-4
Drustvo Pega
2019

Most of the music we experience today is heard removed from the presence of the performers. That is the result of the invention of the phonograph and every other invention to date following in its footsteps. The invention ...

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Ricochet: David Bowie 1983

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Ricochet: David Bowie 1983
Denis O'Regan
328 pages
ISBN: 9781846149726
Particular Books
2018

1983 was a great year for David Bowie. In the previous two years he bowed out of music for a spell in order to act, debuting on Broadway as The Elephant Man and on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Ilija Apelgren and Gordan Spasovski: Midnight Conversation

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Duet records can be very revealing. They can demand the utmost attention from two musicians who play either in support, in discussion or entwined. Playing with another person means playing solo and in support at the same time and, when this works well, it can be magical. Something magical happens with the pairing of Macedonian jazz ...

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A Conversation with Music Author Alan Light

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It is not an overstatement to label music journalist and writer Alan Light as one of the premier biographers and music historians. Light's heralded books include “The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah," “Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain," “The Skills to Pay the ...

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U2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin

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U2
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Berlin
November 13, 2018

There is a popular adage about the value of perseverance that says it doesn't matter how many time you get knocked down but what matters is how many times you will get back. That certainly applies to the malady that hit U2 during their ...

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Dead Can Dance: Dionysus

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In Greek mythology, Dionysus represents the god of the grape harvest, winemaking, and wine, of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre. In ancient times, he was worshipped fondly by his followers with cultural festivities, wine-induced ritualistic dances, intense and violent orgies, and secretive various depictions of drunken revelry (the Dionysian Mysteries). What he embodied was ...

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Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black

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Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black
Alan Light
216 Pages
ISBN: 1588346390
Smithsonian Books
2018

In recent years, there hasn't been a shortage of books and documentaries on the subject of late singer and songwriter Johnny Cash. During his lifetime, Cash himself wrote two ...

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Dine Doneff: Rousilvo

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There is more to bassist and composer Dine Doneff's record Rousilvo than simply a blending of styles and genres and eras and approaches. Certainly among his many talents is his uncanny ability to blur the line between the avant-garde, free-improv, classical, world music and jazz. It's a maneuver he has perfected over the years as the ...

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Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
400 Pages
ISBN: #
Reel Art Press
2018

It was 50 years ago when a group of four people gathered in the basement in Central London for a rehearsal in order to fulfill touring obligations from the band they ...

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Bryan Ferry at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall, Macedonia 2018

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Bryan Ferry
Macedonian Philharmonic Hall
Skopje, Macedonia
September 9, 2018

Everything about Bryan Ferry's grand performance at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall seemed to revolve around style and presentation. The Philharmonic Hall was dimly lit and filled with smoke, effects trying to achieve a certain after-hours intimacy. Ferry's backup singers and the ...