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2011 29 Dez

Love goes to buildings on fire

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | Comments off

Das Buch mit dem FEUER im Titel war  ein über weite Strecken spannendes Leseerlebnis. Schon im ersten Kapitel begegnete ich der jungen Meredith Monk und der jungen Laurie Anderson bei speziellen Traum- und Tranceritualen. Wunderbar auch, den frühen Talking Heads auf die Spur zu kommen, wer mag, kann das jetzt auf der DVD „Chronology“ nachholen, das die Band in ihren diversen Phasen präsentiert, live on stage. Wie Will Hermes war ich damals auch ein Teenager, mit meinem Freund Marokko sah ich Flipper und die Monkees im Fernsehen, und schon kurze Zeit später begeisterten wir uns für Miles Davis‘ „Hurengebräu“ und, seltsam genug für Jungs aus dem Kohlenpott, für Free Jazz. M.E.

Five Years In New York That Changed Music Forever
by Will Hermes
Hardcover, 368 pages

For a lot of us, the middle ’70s was a dormant period in music sandwiched between two stellar periods: the monstrously creative middle and late 1960s and the shedding skin and rebirth of rock music in the late 1970s, particularly the punk and new wave movements. Will Hermes tears that myth apart and takes us on a journey, witnessing the birth of hip-hop, punk, minimalism, salsa and free jazz in the basements, lofts and small upstart clubs of New York City.

Hermes was a young teen living in the suburbs of New York during those days; these days he’s a writer for NPR’s All Things Considered and for Rolling Stone. What makes Love Goes to Buildings on Fire so compelling is that it reads like a living history, so you find Philip Glass witnessing a Talking Heads performance and vice versa, and we begin to understand how events changed the music and how music in one small geographical location changed what we hear today.

Bob Boilen,

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