When I was a child, I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me to listen to all kinds of music, as they themselves had always done. There was a magical record shop called The Record Exchange in the one […]
Note: This article was orignally posted on examiner.com on November 18, 2014. Since that website no longer exists, I’m reposting it here. Copyright 2014 by Harold Lepidus. Reposted by permission. On Thursday afternoon, I was fortunate enough to attend musician […]
Bob Dylan first headed up the Hudson River to Ulster County, New York, almost 55 years ago. After Albert Grossman became his manager, in mid-1962, Dylan regularly skipped out of Manhattan to visit Grossman and his wife, Sally, in Bearsville. The sign on […]
When I was a child growing up in an apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side during the 1940s, I remember going down to the forbidden boiler room, where a huge furnace sat burning coal. Rosie, the building’s superintendent, opened […]
Fish were jumpin’ when T Bone Burnett conducted his first conference call with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant to discuss making an album together. The famed producer was up in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, perhaps thinking […]
I’ll Carry For You: Artist pens tribute to Henderson sisters There’s nothing so beautiful as sisterly love. In less than two weeks, Canadian siblings Brooke and Brittany Henderson are set to team up, on the fairways of Rio, as golf […]
To paraphrase Ecclesiastes, of the making of many music books there is no end. As I pointed out in last week’s column, there are enough new titles from publishers both large and small to keep us reading well into the […]
In concert, self-indulgence is frequently the enemy of the attendee. And Bob Dylan can be a very self-indulgent artist. Unexpected to the point of hilarity, his last two albums have featured wall-to-wall covers of Frank Sinatra, a musician diametrically opposed […]
Call me crazy, but I see a little of Crazy Horse in Mark Murphy, the magnificent and fearless jazz singer who died October 22 at 83, of complications of pneumonia. More specifically, I see Murphy in the somewhat quixotic Crazy […]
Until now, there have arguably been four essential box sets for Sinatra fans: The Song Is You, covering his early work with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra; The Best of the Columbia Years, which documents his first great period as […]
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