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The Austin record convention

The Austin Record Convention is the largest sale of recorded music in the USA. There is more music and related memorabilia available here, at one time, than anywhere else. Ranging from the 78's of the 1930s to the latest compact discs of today, over one million 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs,…

B.B. King: the life of Riley

BB King “The Life Of Riley” is the much-lauded feature documentary film on the extraordinary life of Blues legend B.B. King. King worked closely with Director Jon Brewer for 2 years to create this powerful film. The heartfelt contributions from a plethora of music’s superstars were a vast indication that…

Top brass: Louis Armstrong

By Terry Teachout, the music critic of Commentary, writes the Front Row Center column for Civilization, the magazine of the Library of Congress. My favorite Louis Armstrong anecdote concerns his audience with Pope Paul VI. The Pope, so the story goes, asked Armstrong if he and his wife had children. ''No,…

Yes, Clepton still does

Source Where's Eric!  Editor Tony Edser examines Eric Clapton's new studio album, I Still Do, track by track. Released everywhere today, it's available in a variety of physical and digital formats. Produced by Glyn Johns, the musicians are EC's longtime touring band - Andy Fairweather Low, Chris Stainton, Paul Carrack, Henry…

Muscle Shoals

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history. Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River" as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the…

Ascona 2016: the European New Orleans

One of the main international events dedicated to jazz and New Orleans Beat, JazzAscona attracts an enthusiastic audience who appreciates the richness of the program, the relaxed atmosphere of the festival, and the Lake Maggiore as a wonderful background to great open-air concerts. "This year JazzAscona –the only festival outside…

What happened miss Simone?

Partway through “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” an often electric, bracingly urgent documentary on the singer-musician Nina Simone, we reach that catastrophic year 1968, and the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On screen, photographs of other murdered black men flicker past — Malcolm X, the civil rights…