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Best Self-Guided Walking Tour of New York's Underground Music History New York 2012 - Love Goes To Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

To aboriginal Australians, song lines marked the Creators' paths across the land during the time of the Dreaming. Will Hermes's Love Goes To Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever, out now in backpack-ready paperback, is only a few Google Maps mash-ups short of becoming a path through modern American music's equivalent. Chronicling the niches of punk, disco, hip-hop, minimalism, salsa, free jazz, and more, Hermes tracks musicians' precise coordinates across the boroughs as a matter of course. A read-through with a pencil to underline might make for any number of walking tours, or deeper, through the glitzed-out ruins of Lower Manhattan or any other neighborhood. One can check out the sixth-floor walk-up where Yoko Ono staged the city's first avant-garde loft performances (112 Chambers), the building where the Talking Heads practiced downstairs from saxophonist Don Cherry (9-01 44th Drive in Long Island City), Richard Hell's living quarters downstairs from Allen Ginsberg (437 East 12th), or hundreds of other spots where the song lines crossed, and loudly. Faber and Faber, $16. lovegoestobuildingsonfire.com

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