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Glenn Gould: the true musical genius

He was a true musical genius—not just a talented performer but also a great musical intellectual. He was an important aesthetic philosopher whose ideas regarding recording get to the heart of cultural modernity who also, miraculously, had the technique with which to reproduce in sound his ideas. He had a…

“My ex killed Jim Morrison”

'My ex killed Jim Morrison', Faithfull tells interview. British singer Marianne Faithfull has told an interviewer her former boyfriend accidentally killed iconic rock singer Jim Morrison of The Doors 43 years ago. Morrison was found dead aged 27 in July 1971 in the bathroom of his Paris apartment, and no…

Clarinet: a centuries-old history

Around 1690, a German man named Johann Christoph Denner, and his son Jacob, added two keys to the chalumeau, which was a Baroque single-reed wind instrument invented earlier in the century, around the same time as the double-reed oboe, then known as the hautbois. The chalumeau itself was probably derived…

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,…