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  • 7 years ago

    When the Wordless Music series first invited legendary Krautrock giant Manuel Göttsching to Lincoln Center to unveil the American premiere of his 1981 composition E2-E4 at its upcoming "800 Years of Minimalism" showcase, the organizers might ...

  • 7 years ago

    Forty years ago, Bill Cosby was the closest America came to a black president, garbed as he was in I Spy tennis whites. Unfortunately, the role of ambassador is a thoroughfare, and Cosby—along with other crosstown-traffic '60s crossovers lik...

  • 8 years ago

    Alice McLeod came from the church, but who would've thought that by the end of her life, she would be the church? When the late pianist and harpist died of respiratory failure in January at the age of 69, she was long known, by her followers at th...

  • 11 years ago

    Little Richard's hit-making days lasted about as long as the Verve's and, though protean, he was no less derivative—a natural mimic who could filch Esquerita's shtick one minute, Mahalia Jackson's the next. But genius steals, and time waits f...

  • 12 years ago

    The goofball dancehall aggregate Ward 21's first album, Mentally Disturbed, came out a couple of years after its breakthrough singles, and will forever be tainted by association with its imitators—I suppose you could call this the Led Zeppeli...

  • 15 years ago

    Cheese is often the result of deep talent and a forward vision. David Axelrod was to studio funk what Joe Meek was to Merseybeat: a mad-scientist insider who twisted further and further toward the margins until all that was left was twist. For thi...

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