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Article: Book Review

A Song For Everyone: The Story of Creedence Clearwater Revival

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A Song For Everyone: The Story of Creedence Clearwater Revival John Lingan 384 pages Pages ISBN: 978-0306846717 Hachette Book Group 2022 At least according to the back-cover blurbs, John Lingan conceived and executed his chronicle of Creedence Clearwater Revival as more than just the biography of a band. It ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Kenny Roby & Forest Sun: Kindred Spirits of Americana

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For all the attention garnered in recent years by the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, et.al., a raft of other Americana artists go largely unrecognized. The Felice Brothers top the list of the unsung nouveau folksters, but Kenny Roby and Forest Sun should be in that tally too: with the former's eponymous album and ...

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Article: Album Review

Grateful Dead: Dave’s Picks Volume 38: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 9/8/73

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For all the most practical of reasons, the Grateful Dead were never better in live performance than in 1973-1974. Those pertinent virtues of this iconic rock and roll band on stage are fully on display over the course of this three-CD edition of Dave's Picks, a clear depiction of the sweet spot between structured and open-ended ...

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Article: Book Review

The Music Never Stops: What Putting on 10,000 Shows Has Taught Me About Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Magic By Peter Shapiro

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The Music Never Stops: What Putting on 10,000 Shows Has Taught Me About Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Magic Peter Shapiro 352 Pages ISBN: 978-0306845185 Hachette Book Group 2022 By the time readers finish poring through the three hundred fifty-two some pages of The Music Never Stops, ...

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Article: Album Review

Matt Choboter's Hypnopompia: Sleep Inertia

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In keeping with its title, these eight tracks of just over fifty-minutes comprise a waking/sleeping dreamscape where conscious thoughts crystallize. then turn amorphous in an engrossing cyclical pattern. The fourteen or so minutes of the two-part “Converging Diverging" elucidate the most literal instrumental explication of the concept: replete with far too much ornate detail to fit ...

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Article: The Big Question

How many listens does it take to grok an album?

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A neologism coined by American writer Robert A. Heinlein for his 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1961), “grok“ is summarized in the Oxford English Dictionary as “to understand intuitively or by empathy, to establish rapport with" and “to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with)"; “also, to experience enjoyment."

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Summer 2022

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Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note, spotlighting titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. The Phantom Blues Band Blues For Breakfast Little Village Foundation 2022 The hyperbole of Bill Bentley's ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith: Inspiration Incarnate

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Wadada Leo Smith's The String Quartets Nos. 1-12 and The Emerald Duets are right in line with his well-established, iconoclastic means of creativity. Material composed and arranged with consummate care and attention to detail is also fodder for improvisation replete with a dignified abandon. And much like the trumpeter/composer/bandleader himself, Tum Records bestows a supreme reverence ...

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Article: Film Review

The Rolling Stones: Licked Live In NYC

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Rolling Stones Licked Live In NYC Mercury Studios 2022 It is no little poetic justice, but also a perfectly appropriate gesture of respect on its own terms that, when the Rolling Stones first appear on the Madison Square Garden stage in Licked Live In NYC, vocalist Mick Jagger is ...

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Article: Film Review

The Beatles And India

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The Beatles The Beatles And India Renoir Pictures/MVD 2022 The Beatles And India is not an authorized piece of film approved for release thru the current Apple organization, but perhaps it ought to be. This feature-length documentary collects in one place the various story lines arising around the iconic British band's ...


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