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Music

Issue #10, Winter 2001

This issue went into production before the tragedy of Septemeber 11 and was shipped to the printer several weeks afterwards. Like everyone else, we were totally devastated by the disaster. Our first response was to think that the Music Issue now seemed unimportant in the scheme of things. But as we sat around listening to a mix of Leonard Cohen, Chemical Brothers, Bob Dylan, and Beethoven quartets, we quickly realized that now more than ever we need music—and good writing about great music. When the going gets tough, the tough break out their bongos. We were aided considerably by contributing editor Rick Moody, who sat in as consulting editor for this issue. We are extremely grateful for his knowledge, vision, and patience. IWe hold our lighters high in appreciation and celebration.

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Jonathan Lethem

LINER NOTE • Never knowing the name of the singers whose song stirs us is knowing too little; tracing their lives to the last chapter, it seems possible to know too much.

Madison Smartt Bell

ANYTHING GOES • An excerpt from the upcoming novel Anything Goes. 'There's this singer,' my father said.

Frederick Turner

THE COTTON CLUB • An excerpt from 1929: A Novel of the Jazz Age. 'Inside the door Johnson holds open for you, you get the same heady mixture of color, crime, and high style.'

David Ryan

NEEDLE PARK • At our feet, the used needles, thousands, applauded as we walked over them.

A.J. Albany

LOW DOWN • A daughter's bittersweet account of life with jazz great Joe Albany.

Thomas Sayers Ellis

UNDRESSING MR. WIGGLES
GROOVALLEGIANCE

Julio Marzán

POETRY DJ

C.K. Williams

LESSONS

Judith Hall

WHITE BOTTOM BLUES

Adam Zagajewski

LITTLE WALTZ

Zoë Anglesey

LETTER TO IVIE
LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND CONSEQUENCES

Sean Singer

THE OLD RECORD

Rick Moody

On Meredith Monk • If you could do a dual interview with any artist on earth, who would it be?

Lawrence Joseph

THE MUSIC IS • Diggin' the deep roots of Detroit R&B.

Andrew Hultkrans

Brian Wilson: Not the Little Boy I Once Knew • When good vibrations go bad.

Geoffrey O'Brien

SILENCE IN THE AGE OF NOISE • Cutting through sonic overload.

Nina Bernstein Simmons

FAR EAST SIDE STORY • The Beijing Orchestra's Crash Course in Leonard Bernstein.

David Grubbs

BONG BONG BONG (SILENCE) • Finding the space between the notes with Tokyo's avant-garde.

Darcey Steinke

MY GUITAR • The author, in her late thirties, puts down her pen and picks up a guitar.

Eliot Weinberger

WHERE THE KALULI LIVE • The click clack sing-song of the South Pacific.

Robert Polito

SHADOW PLAY: B-C-D AND BACK • Are Dylan's bootlegs the true text?

Shusha Guppy

LA CHANSON FRANÇAISE • For the love of the thousand-year-old song.

Quincy Troupe

THE CONTEMPORARY POP MUSIC OF AFRICA: AN APPRECIATION • The poet on the Americanization of ooga booga.

Leon Michels

Francine Prose interviews Leon Michels. • Talking sax with mom.

Ken Tucker

FIGHTING THE BOTTLE: WEBB PIERCE'S COUNTRY CLASSIC, 'THERE STANDS THE GLASS.'

Bill Wadsworth

NO MORE BULL: SANDY BULL AND THE DEEP SONG OF THE SIXTIES.

Nuar Alsadir

SISYPHUS RISING: NICK DRAKE'S HOUR OF CONSCIOUSNESS.

Edward Hill

MIXED UP CONFUSION: DECIPHERING BOB DYLAN'S ONLY BOOK, TARANTULA.

Richard Edson

JAZZ HEAVEN: '!!!!!IMPULSE!!!!!ART BLAKEY!!!!!JAZZ MESSENGERS!!!!!'

Merle Haggard

REFLECTIONS IN THE MIRROR • The complete song titles of the 'Poet of the Common Man.'