Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!
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1973: Rock At The Crossroads by Andrew G. Jackson (Format: Print Book) (Genre: Classic Rock):
A fascinating account of the music and epic social change of 1973, a defining year for David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Eagles, Elvis Presley, and the former members of The Beatles.
1973 was the year rock hit its peak while splintering—just like the rest of the world. Ziggy Stardust travelled to America in David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane. The Dark Side of the Moon began its epic run on the Billboard charts, inspired by the madness of Pink Floyd’s founder, while all four former Beatles scored top ten albums, two hitting #1.
FM battled AM, and Motown battled Philly on the charts, as the era of protest soul gave way to disco, while DJ Kool Herc gave birth to hip hop in the Bronx. The glam rock of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper split into glam metal and punk. Hippies and rednecks made peace in Austin thanks to Willie Nelson, while outlaw country, country rock, and Southern rock each pointed toward modern country. The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, and the Band played the largest rock concert to date at Watkins Glen.
Led Zep’s Houses of the Holy reflected the rise of funk and reggae. The singer songwriter movement led by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell flourished at the Troubadour and Max’s Kansas City, where Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley shared bill. Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite was NBC’s top-rated special of the year, while Elton John’s albums dominated the number one spot for two and a half months.
Just as U.S. involvement in Vietnam drew to a close, Roe v. Wade ignited a new phase in the culture war. While the oil crisis imploded the American dream of endless prosperity, and Watergate’s walls closed in on Nixon, the music of 1973 both reflected a shattered world and brought us together. – From The Publisher
“Jackson’s book paints a vivid portrait of the year through the lens of popular music — mostly rock, but also country and hip-hop … His analysis of sexuality and rock music is particularly interesting … Jackson also proves to have a real talent for evoking the places that made 1973 such a consequential year in music.” —NPR Review
Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded The World by John Szwed (Format: Print Book) (Genre: Music History, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Regional Music, Americana):
The definitive biography of Alan Lomax-from John Szwed,”the best music biographer in the business” (L.A. Weekly).
One of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century, Alan Lomax was best known for bringing legendary musicians like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Burl Ives to the radio and introducing folk music to a mass audience. Now John Szwed, the acclaimed biographer of Miles
Davis and Sun Ra, presents the first biography of Lomax, a man who was as influential as he was controversial-trailed for years by the FBI, criticized for his folk- song-collecting practices, denounced by some as a purist and by others as a popularizer. This authoritative work reveals how Lomax changed not only the way everyone in the country heard music but also the way they viewed America itself.
Country Fuzz (2020) by Cadillacs Three (Format: CD) (Genre: Country)
Country Fuzz is the sixth album by the Nashville based country trio, whose music is built on the foundations of country, Southern rock and Outlaw rock. The trio features Jaren Johnston on guitar vocals, Neil Mason on drums and Kelby Ray on bass. Johnston writes most of the bands material and the trio’s music can be well described as country rock with a side order of swagger!
Bar Round Here
Hard Out Here for a Country Boy
All the Makin’s of a Saturday Night
Crackin’ Cold Ones With the Boys
State Of Nature (2008) by Stanley Jordan (Format: CD) (Genre: Jazz, Guitar):
State Of Nature is the twelfth album by Princeton graduate, music therapist and incomparable modern Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan.
A Place in Space
Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 (Andante in F Major)
Song for My Father
Mind Games #1
Time Is Tight: My Life Note By Note by Booker T. Jones (Format: Print Book) (Genre: Classic Rock, R&B, Soul):
The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones’s earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios — all while still in high school. Not long after, he would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone’s list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era’s most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Nearly five decades later, Jones’s influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story.
Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca. Culminating with a definitive account into the inner workings of the Stax label, as well as a fascinating portrait of working with many of the era’s most legendary performers — Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tom Jones, among them — this extraordinary memoir promises to become a landmark moment in the history of Southern Soul.
Videos Of The Week:
Band on The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) by George Harrison
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
Mind Games by John Lennon
Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin
Photograph by Ringo Starr
The Real Me by The Who
Time by Pink Floyd
Watch That Man by David Bowie
61 Highway Blues by Sonny Boy Nelson
County Blues by Dock Boggs
Diamond Joe by Bessie Jones
Whole Heap of Little Horses by Texas Gladden
Freedom In the Air: A Documentary on Albany, Georgia (1961-1962) (Produced by Alan Lomax, available on the Lomax Archive YouTube channel) Time: 41 minutes, 26 seconds.
To Hear Your Banjo Play (1947) produced by Alan Lomax & narrated by Pete Seeger
Back Home by The Cadillac Three
Bar Round Here by The Cadillac Three
All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night by The Cadillac Three
Eleanor Rigby by Stanley Jordan
Stairway To Heaven by Stanley Jordan
State Of Nature by Stanley Jordan
Everything Is Everything by Booker T. Jones
Green Onions by Booker T. & The MG’s
Melting Pot by Booker T. & The MGs
Have a great weekend!
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
Alan Lomax Man Who Recorded The World, NPR Review from All Things Considered (2011),
Booker T. Jones On New Memoir, Heard on All Things Considered (2019),
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