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“Louisiana Hayride’s” Horace Lee Logan Dies at 86

Founder/host of seminal radio show coined phrase “Elvis has left the building.” Logan began in radio when he was 16, after winning a contest to become an announcer on KWKH-AM in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mrs. Logan said. He began producing the “Hayride,” a country music show performed before a live KWKH …

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The Search for Ambience

Mark Prendergrast’s The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Trance – The Evolution of Sound In the Electronic Age is an enthusiastic and exhaustive tour through a century’s worth of biography of the music’s creators and disseminators. Included are early-twentieth century fathers Mahler, Satie, Debussy, Ravel; mid-century pioneering electronic composers Varese, …

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Darlene Love and Freda Payne Live

Review of the ongoing Love/Payne show by Stephen Holden in the NY Times: Darlene Love and Freda Payne are prime examples of rhythm-and-blues singers who are considerably more complex than the sound of the vintage hit singles that typecast them vocally on the nostalgia hit parade. And in their exciting …

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Timothy White Benefit

I still can’t believe classic rock writer and Billboard editor Timothy White died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in June: it’s a real tragedy and 50 sure sounds young. I met White on a few occasions and he was very gracious and encouraging of our work …

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Tribute to Legendary Trumpeter

From the Jazz Alliance International: A Tribute to Fats Navarro, a trumpet player extravaganza benefit concert, will be held at The Jazz Standard in New York City on Tuesday, September 24 at 8:00 PM. A virtual who¹s who of jazz trumpeters set to perform include Jon Faddis (Artistic Director for …

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“Transracial” Pop Culture

Michiko Kakutani reviews Leon E. Wynter’s American Skin: Anyone who’s been watching television the last couple of years will be familiar with what Leon E. Wynter calls “the browning of mainstream commercial culture” in America. It’s not just the high profile of black superstars like Michael Jordan and Oprah, and …

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New Carter Family Bio

There is an evocative review of the new Carter family bio in the NY Times: Today’s popular musicians, morbidly alive to the anxiety of influence, labor to manufacture strangeness. (Except in Nashville, where they labor to manufacture normality.) But the Carters’ strangeness was just them being them. Like Dock Boggs …

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The Hammonds

Sons of legends never have it easy. Life is difficult enough without the burden of comparisons impossible to meet. Most either run screaming in another direction or coast in the slipstream of parental greatness. Perhaps most difficult of all is the attempt to achieve independence within the same field. Such …

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