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Chronicles five epochal years of music in the Big Apple against a backdrop of the period's high crime, limited government resources and low rents, tracing the formations of key sounds while evaluating the contributions of such artists as Willie Colón, Bruce Springsteen and Grandmaster Flash.
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN-13: 9780374533540
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
- Published: September 2011
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Music Made New in New York City in the '70s. Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. Loft jazz and downtown minimalism. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where modern music was reinvented from one block to the next, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another. Crime was everywhere, the government was broke and the city’s infrastructure was collapsing. But rents were low, and the possibilities for musical exploration were limitless. This is the first book to tell the full story of the era’s intersecting music scenes. From New Year’s Day 1973 to New Year’s Eve 1977, the book moves panoramically from post-Dylan Greenwich Village, to the arson-scarred South Bronx barrios where salsa and hip-hop were created, to the lower Manhattan lofts where jazz and classical music were re-imaged, to ramshackle clubs like CBGB and the Gallery, where rock and dance music were hot-wired for a new generation. AS they remade the music, musicians at the center of the story invented themselves: Jersey kids Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith claiming the jungle of Manhattan as their own; Grandmaster Flash transforming the turntable into a musical instrument; the Talking Heads proving that rock music “ain’t no foolin’ around.” Will Hermes was there. As you will be now if your weren’t there then! Full-out lust, put it in drive! Notes, Bibliography, Discography, Filmography. Index. Illus., b&w photos. 368p.
- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN-13: 9780865479807
- Publisher: Faber and Faber, Inc.
- Published: November 2011