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Roundup October, 7 2010

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Today, we link music.

01. The Dozens: Jazz & Bjork

“Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, Björk burst onto the music scene in 1993 with Debut, an album featuring the jazz standard “Like Someone in Love.” Since then, this global star has maintained ties with the jazz world, even earning her biggest hit with “It’s Oh So Quiet,” a swing number dating back to 1948. Jazz artists have returned the respect, covering versions of Björk songs.” (Jazz).

02. Welcome to the Monkey House

“In the first quarter of the twentieth century, Enrico Caruso (1873–1921) was the best-known singer in the world—both an internationally renowned performer and the standard-bearer of the young international phonograph industry. He embodied, in fact, a new kind of public figure, one whose celebrity grew out of the emerging culture industries and circulated through the modern mass media. But Caruso’s stature as a celebrity depended on his charisma as much as his voice. After working with him, Edward Bernays, the pioneering public relations consultant, described Caruso’s star power in his 1965 autobiography. Caruso, he recalled, was like “a sun god” whose “light obliterated his surroundings,” and for those who came in contact with him, Bernays quipped, the experience was “gilt by association.” The pun was ironic: in addition to his groundbreaking fame, Caruso was the subject of the first celebrity trial of the twentieth century.” (Believer).

03. American Songbook: Michael Feinstein’s Lifelong Mission To Collect, Preserve & Enjoy Music (Above)

“Follow him around for a couple of months and you will probably come to the conclusion that it is not easy being Michael Feinstein. He is consumed by a schedule of 150 concerts per year with extensive rehearsals, countless air miles crisscrossing the country from coast to coast, not enough hours in the day to search flea markets and other favorite haunts for music ephemera, recordings and old 78 RPM records with voices from the past, and then those valuable hours needed to catalog and digitize his ever-growing collection.” (Bee).

04. Punk Flyer Art: History on a Phone Pole

“Over the past two years, Pat Roig has collected over 380 punk rock flyers. This collection of what lead vocalist of the Circle Jerks Keith Morris calls “the cheapest form of advertising” started with humble beginnings—in a box in an attic. Roig says, “I went into my mom’s attic after the storm. They were gutting her house and there was a box with my name on it. Turns out she pulled all the flyers that used to hang on my wall off the wall and put them in a box.”

Roig put the flyers into a binder and brought them to an Eyehategod show in Fat City. Band members Mike Williams and Jimmy Bower told Roig that he should make the collection into a book. “It kind of sat in the back of my mind for the longest time, and then I thought ‘Why not?’ And I figured if I would be interested in it, other people that grew up in the scene would be interested in it too.” The result is From Staple Guns to Thumbtacks: Flyer Art from the 1982-1995 New Orleans Punk & Hardcore Scene, a collection of what author Mike Bevis calls, “apocryphal documents…that serve to set the record straight about the history of the New Orleans underground music scene.”” (Offbeat).

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