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...The career trajectory of Joni Mitchell saw her come to prominence with the late 1960s and early 1970s singer-songwriter movement and she would innovate on the form through the early twenty-first century. Born in Alberta, Canada in 1943...

Nick Drake

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...As a brooding, poetic icon, Nick Drake’s death was overshadowed by the massive influence his material had on musicians from the 1970s onward. Born in Myanmar in 1948, Drake and his family returned to England in 1950. Though he learned piano...

Gram Parsons

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...Though best known for his medley cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s focus on preserving and innovating Hawaiian traditional music made him the island’s most popular entertainer. Born...

The Band's Music from Big Pink: A Novella

John Niven

John Niven graduated from Glasgow University in 1991 with a First Class Honours MA in English Literature. He toured and recorded as guitarist in The Wishing Stones - their sole LP Wildwood (Heavenly Records 1992) owes more a passing debt to the music of The Band - before becoming an A&R man and working with acts like Travis, Mogwai, and Sigur Ros. Over the years he has written about music, film and sport for publications like Word, FHM, Socialism, The Herb Garden and Mixmag. In 2003 he sold his first screenplay and co-wrote and directed the award winning short film ‘Tethered’ (British Film Council/Frozen Tundra Films.) Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

33 1/3 Books

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...“Music From Big Pink is a moving book that succeeds not just in vividly evoking its time and place but in distilling one young man’s cliched and minor destiny into something approaching tragedy....This well-written first novel captures...

The Byrds' The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Ric Menck

Ric Menck is a drummer, singer, and songwriter who lives in Los Angeles. He has been in bands since 1979, including the Drats, the Reverbs, Pop the Balloon, Bag of Shells, the Springfields, Velvet Crush and the Tyde. As a drummer, he has played on records by (and toured with) Matthew Sweet, Liz Phair, Aimee Mann, Willie Nelson, and Marianne Faithfull. He also runs a small record label dedicated to reissuing lost classics from the 60s and 70s, and he recently released a retrospective solo album The Ballad of Ric Menck, which PopMatters described as 'one of the best albums of 2004’. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...By the time Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke entered the studio to begin work on this album, they were basically falling apart at the seams. “Ladyfriend”, a song written by Crosby, had just failed miserably...

Love's Forever Changes

Andrew Hultkrans

Andrew Hultkrans is editor-in-chief of Bookforum magazine. Over the years, his writing has appeared in Wired, Salon, Artforum, Filmmaker, and Tin House. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

33 1/3 Books

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...Conceived as the last testament of a charismatic recluse who believed he was about to die, Forever Changes is one of the defining albums of an era. Here, Andrew Hultkrans explores the myriad depths of Love’s bizarre and brilliant record....

Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights

Hayden Childs

Hayden Childs is a researcher and policy expert for the Texas Legislature. He’s also an aspiring novelist, an occasional essayist, and a hardcore Richard Thompson fanatic. He contributed to the book Lost in the Grooves and is co-editor of the online music magazine The High Hat. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Continuum, 2008

33 1/3 Books

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...In the fall of 1980 Richard and Linda Thompson (of Fairport Convention fame) had recently been dumped from their record label and were on the verge of divorce. Somehow they overcame these miserable circumstances and managed to make an album...