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the reason to listen to music before 1960

Filed under: — adrian @ 1:30 pm

People listen to the Beatles, maybe the Beach Boys, but not a lot else from the first half of the 60s and certainly not (usually) from decades earlier.

There are reasons to dig further back. Most of this is from emails to some KZSU list over the past few days.

50’s: the start (for all intents and purposes) of Rock N Roll, Motown, Phil Spector, R&B coming out of gospel as a twinkle
in Sam Cooke’s voice, folk as a traditionalist revival (and the release of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music), folk as a mainstream genre, cool jazz, hard bop, classic country, one of the only reasonable periods of musical theater, etc.

30’s and 40’s: perhaps one of the two most important collection of traditional folk music from the American South, the Lomax field recordings. the turning period of jazz from a dance genre to essentially an art music genre, the signature American sound in classical music and theater (in the Copland and Gershwin sense).

(As with all broad sweeping statements, these can be argued with, but they’re generally accurate)

purchased, ordered

For my upcoming South Africa trip:

  • 3 X 2GB SD cards (in addition to the 2 I already have)
  • 6 X Velvia 100 color slide film, 6 X Tri-X 400 black and white negative film

Just because:

[another update:] I also bought a few tickets to this year’s Noise Pop:


Filed under: — adrian @ 11:19 am

I hope you’re paying attention, because this is really exciting; I’m a little giddy.

Possibly the second of many.

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