I have focused more of late on folk music and New York City. I met with a lack of well researched Web information, which served as a frustration. As it turns out my resource needs were recently answered. The Museum of the City of New York has curated an exceptional show, Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival.
In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased singers like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of newcomers, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The multi-media exhibition Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, features original instruments, handwritten lyrics, and video film footage. The event traces the roots of the revival, its growth in New York City, the major players, and folk’s impact on American political and social culture during the tumultuous 1960s.
There is also a companion book, Folk City written by authors Stephen Petrus (curator of the Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival exhibit) and Ron Cohen. Their collaboration captures the exuberance of the times by introducing readers to a bevy of characters who brought a new style to one of the biggest audiences in the history of popular music. Among the savvy New York entrepreneurs committed to promoting folk music were Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, Mike Porco of Gerde’s Folk City, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. The authors portray Greenwich Village coffee houses not simply as lively venues but as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture, where artists from diverse backgrounds honed their performance techniques and challenged social conventions. Accessible and engaging, fresh and provocative, rich in anecdotes and primary sources, Folk City is lavishly illustrated with images collected for the accompanying major exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 2015.
I was driving home from work this afternoon, stopped in the third lane on I-95 due to traffic problems. I happened to look across the jersey barrier to the northbound side and glimpse this 53′ tractor trailer truck with a way cool multi-color design stating that it was Les Paul‘s 100 Birthday.
When I got home I looked it up on the Internet. I discovered that Les Paul’s Big Sound Tour was bound for the Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods in Ledyard Connecticut. It will be on exhibit there June 17th and 18th.
Les Paul the father of modern music and the solid body electric guitar would have been 100 years old June 9, 2015. A special 100th Anniversary Celebration was held on June 9th at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Rolling Stone Magazine covered this historic event.
The Les Paul Foundation is sharing his creativity, innovative spirit and love of sound in an intriguing mobile exhibit.
• Step into 1,000 square feet of entertaining and inspiring interactive experiences.
• Explore sound, music and technology innovations.
• Mix and share music.
• Discover Les Paul’s personal story.
• Experience Les Paul’s never-ending search for a unique musical sound.
• Learn from generations of musicians who call Les Paul their mentor.
• Witness how Les pushed the limits of audio technology.
• Marvel at the performing techniques that made Les Paul a legendary pop music icon.
• Enjoy live musical performances by local artists.
Take a look at the Les Paul Tour Calendar to see if this mobile tour is coming to a city near you this summer.
The Blues Foundation has announced the 2015 selection of three living performers to be inducted into its Blues Hall of Fame: Eric Clapton, Tommy Brown and Little Richard. Eric Clapton is the first British musician to be inducted. The foundation said he was tapped for “for his many musical achievements as well as for his role as a popularizer of the entire genre. He brought the blues to audiences in his native Britain and throughout the world, illuminating the work of the original blues artists who inspired him.”
Additional information about the 2015 inductees is available here.
Read more about the Blues Hall of Fame which opens this year in Memphis, Tennessee.
Björk’s MoMA Exhibition
Björk’s exhibition at MoMA in New York City opens to the public this weekend on Sunday March 8th. My interest in music technology is peaking about how this exhibit has been curated and constructed. I will be writing a separate blog post about Björk’s projects from a technology design perspective later today.
Suffice it to say we are eager to attend this multimedia retrospective in the near future. My understanding is that only 100 people can attend at a scheduled interval. Which I am fine with as I dislike crowded MoMA Exhibitions.
I have included the teaser video of “Black Lake” from Vulnicura for your viewing and listening benefit.
Björk’s Black Lake Trailer – MoMAvideos
“Black Lake” is a new sound and video installation commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the exhibition Björk (March 8–June 7, 2015; Member Previews, March 4–7). The song “Black Lake” appears on Björk’s new album “Vulnicura” (2015).
“Black Lake” is described by Rolling Stone as an “immersive 10-minute music and film experience” It is a collaboration between director Thomas Huang, who worked with the artist on her video for Mutual Core and 3D design company Autodesk.
I place a significance on the live concert experience. I thank Bill Graham for formulating live music as an art form. Many music promoters follow in his footsteps with the venues they manage, the fans they cater to and the artists they present to use live in person. But none will ever equal his achievements to the art of presenting live music and supporting humanitarian causes on a macro scale.
Through rock memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and psychedelic art in the form of the iconic Fillmore concert posters,Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the momentous cultural transformations of the 1960s–1980s through the lens of rock & roll. The year 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Live Aid and the fiftieth anniversary of Graham’s first-ever concert, as well as the Grateful Dead’s live début. Commemorate these events by celebrating a true pioneer who helped revolutionize rock into the global industry it is today.
The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.
The AACM is preparing for a worldwide celebration of musical presentations, installations, exhibitions and more as the organization reaches a half century in 2015. This year-long celebration will honor, show and advance the organization’s contributions to the world’s musical landscape.
The first initiative in AACM’s 50th Anniversary takes place Monday January 19th marking the official opening of the AACM exhibit at DuSable Museum of African American History! In time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of AACM, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather than confining the individual, actually made room for individual freedom of expression.
“Free At First” is also a reference to the sense of freedom the founders and early members approached musical compositions, organizational concepts and institution building – especially with the AACM School of Music. The scope of the exhibition is intended to provide the social framework, political climate, cultural milieu and the philosophical underpinnings within which this musician’s collective has thrived and survived – the only musicians’ collective still standing!
2014 ushers in the 50th anniversary celebration of the British Invasion. I’ll never forget The Beatles arrival at New York’s Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964. It was a school day and I had snuck my Sears
Silvertone AM transistor radio into 8th grade Science class listening to The Beatles being met at the airplane gate by thousands of screaming fans. I was fortunate that my Science teacher, Mrs. Barnum was hard of hearing so I could hear history in the making from inside my desk 😉
The British Invasion Bands 1964
- The Animals
- The Beatles
- Chad & Jeremy
- The Dave Clark Five
- The Kinks
- Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
- Peter and Gordon
- The Rolling Stones
- Dusty Springfield
The Fest for Beatles Fans 2014
A baby boomer’s dream event. The Fest for Beatles Fans will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in New York City. It is scheduled to take place at The Grand Hyatt in NYC (and later in the year in Chicago and Los Angeles) from Friday February 7th through Sunday February 9th 2014 (50 Years from the night that changed music forever when The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show in front of 73 million viewers!).
For more information about the event, the memorabilia, the exhibits, the concerts, what is happening when that weekend refer to The Fest for Beatles Fans Website
The music of our heart loves the photographic beauty captured through the lens of Linda McCartney.There is a new retrospective of her work featuring 190 of her iconic photographs. The Linda McCartney show is on view at the Kunst Haus Wien Museum in Vienna, Austria until October 6, 2013.
The curatorial work has been done by members of the McCartney family and Andreas Hirsch, curator of Kunst Haus Wien, in collaboration with Claudia Schmid of Linda Enterprises Ltd.
Paul McCartney, his wife Nancy and his brother Michael attended opening night. You can get more insight about that evening here.
I receive The Red Bulletin, “A Beyond The Ordinary Magazine” every month. The April 2013 US issue finally achieved that “objective” for me. 😉
Pictured on the cover is “The Guru” Questlove who I find factoring more and more into my music equation. He is a college professor at NYU Tisch School of Music. My family got to see him live last year at a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TV taping as The Roots are the house band.
I recently wrote about the public discussion that took place with Questlove and David Byrne at NYU (see Related Articles below). I enjoy and respect seeing Questlove’s logical ascension in musicology circles.
Questlove is a Mentor for the Red Bull Music Academy 2013 that will be taking place all around New York City from April 28-May 31. This month-long plus annual international music event is where up and coming producers, singers, arrangers, DJs and musicians get the opportunity to learn from top industry professionals. Who better to school ya than Questlove and others I am thinking?
I hope to attend one of their events. Stay tuned to which ones I get tickets for 😉
- David Byrne, St. Vincent and Questlove (musicofourheart.me)
- Brian Eno, Four Tet, James Murphy, Giorgio Moroder and more participating in NYC Red Bull Music Academy (brooklynvegan.com)
- Red Bull Music Academy NYC: Eno, James Murphy, Erykah Badu (jambase.com)