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Love goes to buildings on fire : five years in New York that changed music forev
Will Hermes
Adult Nonfiction ML3477.8.N48 H47 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In the 1970s it seemed like the end of the world had occurred in New York City; crime was rampant, the government was broke, and the idealism that had fueled protests in Washington Square Park and spurred new musical styles was shattered. Although the 1970s appeared to be a musical wasteland (remember Debby Boone?), senior Rolling Stone critic Hermes reminds us forcefully and refreshingly in this breathtaking, panoramic portrait of five years (1973-1977) of that decade that music in New York City was alive, flourishing, and kicking out the jams. He colorfully recalls how Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash hot-wired street parties with collaged shards of vinyl LPs; how the New York Dolls stripped garage rock raw and wrapped it in drag, taking a cue from Warhol's transvestite glamour queens; how Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith took a cue from Dylan and combined rock and poetry into new shapes; how Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon, and the Fanta All-Stars were transforming Cuban music into multicultural salsa and making East Harlem and the South Bronx the global center of Spanish-language music; and how Philip Glass and Steve Reich were imagining a new sort of classical music, using jazz, rock, African, and Indian sources. Hermes's fast-paced and affectionate overview provides intimate glimpses into the often forgotten but profound changes wrought in the 1970s New York music scene. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Hermes (senior critic, Rolling Stone) reviews the diverse musical scene in New York City between 1973 and 1977, a time when the city was facing bankruptcy and myriad social problems. Extremely wide reaching in his survey of rock, salsa, disco, early hip-hop, avant-garde jazz, and classical minimalism, Hermes discusses artists ranging from Patti Smith, the Ramones, and the Talking Heads to Philip Glass, Willie Colon, Anthony Braxton, and Grandmaster Flash. He explores the rock clubs exemplified by -CBGBs, DJ street parties that were the seeds of hip-hop, disco clubs, and jazz music created and performed in lofts. He writes with scene-setting observational detail and provides contextual background to events and social movements taking place throughout New York as well as biographical observations from his own youth growing up in the city at that time. VERDICT Hermes's chronological rather than topical approach is wide rather than deep and is sometimes daunting in its sheer recitation of personalities. Still, it is a well-written entry for the reader (and listener) to explore the musical styles and people of a fascinating era.-Jim Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. Lib., NJ (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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