Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!
1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love written by Harvey Kubernik (Format: Print Book):
During late spring 1967, tens of thousands of young people began streaming into San Francisco, kicking off a counterculture revolution and cultural explosion that was the Summer of Love. Now, on the 50th anniversary of that revolutionary event, acclaimed journalist and pop culture historian Harvey Kubernik takes us on an insider’s look at the happenings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and beyond—in the months leading up to, during, and after that seminal summer—through the lens of rock music. This lush volume features a trove of little-known and previously unpublished interviews with scenemakers and musicians of the time and the people who knew them; psychedelic festival posters, concert flyers, and other 1960s ephemera; and stunning images from acclaimed photographers of the era.
“Packed with new interviews with principals like Carlos Santana, Michelle Phillips and Roger McGuinn,  gives month-by-month accounts of the scenes in London, San Francisco, New York, and even Australia, where the Bee Gees were scoring their first hits. The result breathes new life into a wide-open cultural moment.”—Rolling Stone
Some of the many musicians featured in the book include Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, The Buffalo Springfield, Otis Redding, The Doors, The Mar-Keys, The Byrds, The Bee Gees and Pink Floyd.
The Big Red Songbook: 250+ IWW Songs Edited by Archie Green, David Roediger, Franklin Rosemont & Salvatore Salerno (Format: Print Book):
In 1905, representatives from dozens of radical labor groups came together in Chicago to form One Big Union—the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), known as the Wobblies. The union was a big presence in the labor movement and everywhere its members went, they sang.
Their songs were sung in mining camps and textile mills, hobo jungles and flophouses, and anywhere workers might be recruited to the Wobbliers’ cause. The songs were published in a pocket-size tome called the Little Red Songbook, which was so successful that it’s been published continuously since 1909.
In The Big Red Songbook, the editors have gathered songs from over three dozen editions, plus additional songs, rare artwork, personal recollections, discographies, and more into one big all-embracing book.
IWW poets/composers strove to nurture revolutionary consciousness. Each piece—whether topical, hortatory, elegiac, or comic—served to educate, agitate, and emancipate workers. A handful of Wobbly numbers have become classics, still sung by labor groups and folks singers. They include Joe Hill’s sardonic he Preacher and the Slave” (sometimes known by hit famous phrase “Pie in the Sky”) and Ralph Chaplin’s “Solidarity Forever.” Songs lost or found, sacred or irreverent, touted or neglected, serious or zany, singable or not, are here. The Wobblies and their friends have been singing for a century. May this comprehensive gathering simultaneous celebrate past battles and chart future goals.”
Some of the 250+ songs chronicled in the book include:
If You Workers Would Only Unit written by Richard Brazier
Scissor Bill by Joe Hill
Stung Right by Joe Hill
Stand Up! Ye Workers by Ethel Comer
The Parasites by John E. Nordquist
Larimer Street by Utah Phillips
Union Maid by Woody Guthrie
Blues For Dracula (1958) by Philly Joe Jones (part of the CD set “Six Classic Albums”):
Drummer Philly Joe Jones’ debut recording as a leader, made shortly after he left Miles Davis’ Quintet, starts out with his amusing but overly long monologue on “Blues for Dracula,” during which he does his best to imitate Bela Lugosi. The remainder of the set (which has been reissued on CD) is more conventional, with fine playing from cornetist Nat Adderley, trombonist Julian Priester, the great tenor Johnny Griffin, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and the drummer/leader. Dizzy Gillespie’s “Ow” and Cal Massey’s “Fiesta” are heard in lengthy versions on the worthwhile but not overly essential release. Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review
1. Blues for Dracula
2. Trick Street
The other six LPs in this set are:
Drums Around The World (1958)
Philly Joe’s Beat (1960)
Serge Chaloff – Blue Serge (1958)
J.R. Monterose (1958)
Halloween Stomp by Various Artists (Format: Music CD):
I know Halloween seems like it is a long time off, however, it will be here before we know it! And as the library only has a handful of Halloween music CDs for adults – I think now is the time to recommend my favorite Halloween CD – Halloween Stomp!
This disc features 27 big band and jazz songs recorded from the 1920s to 1950.
And here’s the AllMusic Review for more info! This collection of “spooky” performances is dominated by songs dealing with ghosts and monsters, everything from “Mysterious Mose” and “Got the Jitters” to “Zombie,” “Skeleton in the Closet,” “The Ghost of Smokey Joe” and “With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm.” Most of the music is from the swing era with such bands as those led by Red Nichols, Don Redman, Glen Gray, Louis Prima, Ozzie Nelson, Cab Calloway, Tommy Dorsey and even Rudy Vallee alternating with much more obscure groups. The producers at Jass have also “enhanced” the music by inserting odd sound effects between songs. This CD certainly qualifies as the definitive (and also only) Halloween jazz album. –Scott Yanow, AllMusic
If you’re having a Halloween party this year, you’ll enjoy this humorous, swinging collection!
1. The Haunted House by Ray Noble & His Orchestra
2. Shivery Stomp by Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra
3. Mysterious Mose by Harry Reser & The Radio All-Stars
4. The Boogie Man Is Here by Tom Gerun & His Orchestra
5. Haunting Blues by Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey & Eddie Lang
6. Bug-A-Boo by Red Nichols & Wingy Mannone
7. Got The Jitters by Don Redman & His Orchestra
8. The Boogie Man by Todd Rollins & Chuck Bullock
9. The House Is Haunted by Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra
10. Zombie by Gene Kardos & His Orchestra
11. Mr. Ghost Goes To Town by Louis Prima & Pee Wee Russell
12. Skeleton In The Closet by Nat Gonnella & His Georgians
13. The Goblin Band by Glen Gray & Casa Loma Orchestra
14. Hell’s Bells by Sid Peltyn & His Orchestra
15. With her Head Tucked Under Her Arm by Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees
16. The Black Cat by Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra
17. Strange Enchantment by Gil Evans
18. The Ghost of Smokey Joe by Cab Calloway & His Orcehstra
19. Ol’ Man Mose Ain’t Dead by The (Nat) King COle Trio
20. Swingin’ At The Seance by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
“Horror Fantasia For Spooks And Wild Indians” (Tracks 21 – 24) by Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra with Peggy Lee on vocals
21. Fanfare/Cherokee (Theme)
22. Old Man Mose Is Dead
23. Redskin Rhumba
24. Pompton Tunrpike
25. Haunted Heart by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
26. The Headless Horseman by Kay Starr
27. Dry Bones by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Moanin’ In The Moonlight (1959) by Howlin’ Wolf:
Moanin’ in the Moonlight was Howlin’ Wolf’s first collection of sides for the Chess label, packed with great tunes and untouchable performances by the man himself. The last word in electric Chicago blues, Wolf was possessed of fine guitar and harp skills, a voice that could separate skin from bone, and a sheer magnetism and charisma that knew (and has known) no equal. This disc is outstanding throughout, and features some of his best sides, including “How Many More Years,” “Smokestack Lightnin’,” “Evil,” and “I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline).” Highly recommended for the uninitiated and a must for collectors. -Rovi Staff, AllMusic Review
Moanin’ At Midnight
How Many More Years
Baby How Long
No Place To Go (You Gonna Wreck My Life)
All Night Boogie (All Night Long)
Evil (Is Going On)
I’m Leavin’ You
Moanin’ for My Baby
I Asked For Water
Somebody In My Home
Videos of the Week:
Break On Through by The Doors
Down On Me by Janis Joplin (with Big Brother & The Holding Company)
For What Its Worth by Buffalo Springfield
My Back Pages by The Byrds
White Rabbit by The Jefferson Airplane
Solidarity Forever written by Ralph Chaplin and performed by Pete Seeger & The Almanac Singers
There Is Power In A Union written by Joe Hill and performed by Utah Phillips
The Tramp written by Joe Hill and performed by Joe Glazer & Bill Friedland
Blues for Dracula by Philly Joe Jones
Fiesta by Philly Joe Jones
Glen Gray & Casa Loma Orchestra
Headless Horseman by Kay Starr
Skeleton In The Closet by Nat Gonella & His Georgians
Swingin’ At The Seance by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
No Place To Go by Howlin’ Wolf
Smokestack Lightening by Howlin’ Wolf
Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf
Have a great weekend!
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
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