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Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

Crowley's 'Surf Beat' rides wave after wave of music

Kent Crowley's Surf Beat (Backbeat Books) is, at long last, a correct, detailed history of the rock 'n' roll idiom known as surf music. All previous books on the subject can be tossed from the shelves or deleted from electronic reading devices...
Album Reviews
Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (Egyptian/CMF/Columbia)

This is the second recording on Bob Dylan's private label, Egyptian, the first since 1997's The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute. The Rodgers' CD contained artists paying tribute to him. The Hank Williams, Sr.is quite different in that the...
Monday, March 28, 2011

Scully examines the role of Rounder Records

The revival of traditional music in America by young, urban singer/scholars began in the postwar years and peaked in the early to mid-'60s. Even as we have come to another revival...
Album Reviews
Friday, March 4, 2011

Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson (Ryko)

The guest artists on this recording include B. B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, Cedric Burnside, David "Honeyboy" Edwards and Chris Goldsmith. Todd Park Mohr, founder of Big Head Todd and The Monsters, re-names his band Big Head Blues Club and membership includes the...
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

Famed music producer offers engineering, compositional insight

Producer culture in American popular music took off with Rick Rubin, who restored or recreated Johnny Cash as the folk-singing Man in Black. Rubin failed to entirely reinvent Neil Diamond and Kris Kristofferson, but with his imprimatur those artists received some kind of renewed pretense regarding...
Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

Clinton Heylin chronicles the work of seminal American songwriter

In volume one of Clinton Heylin’s chronicle of a great artist, Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973, the author meticulously cataloged and analyzed Dylan’s canon for the first half of his career. With Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1974-2006 (Chicago Review Press), he brings the subject almost up to date...

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