Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
The push and pull of early rock 'n' roll
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I've been told that my ideas about the development of rock 'n' roll tend toward the absurd - and yet I stick to them nonetheless, and look for any chance I can get to expound upon them. Be forewarned: This is one of those chances. I think few people would argue with the statement that rock 'n' roll grew out...
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The Photography of Lee Friedlander
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Those with any knowledge of American photography who run across the distinctive work of Lee Friedlander for the first time probably find themselves baffled. They would easily be able to identify the influences - and they are numerous - that have fed into this great photographer's work, but like many other viewers, they'd probably be hard-pressed to explain why the...
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… the baby being the Philadelphia Orchestra, of course
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f you don't expect too much from Philadelphia Maestros: Ormandy, Muti, Sawallisch , just out from Temple University Press, you can have a really wonderful time. The book's author, Phyllis White Rodriguez-Peralta, clearly loves the many hours she's spent over the years in the orchestra's company, basking in the glow its three dominant conductors have created. The author's affection and...
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Irving Berlin, whose long and active musical career began in the early years of the 20th century and lasted well in the 1970s, was one of the most successful songwriters in American history, noted for both the sheer number of pieces he wrote, as well as the amount of money he accumulated because of that abundance. He was a workaholic...
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William Lashner had always dreamed of a life in which he didn't have to go to an office every day, and could simply spend his time writing and telling stories. Now, after making a few proverbial leaps of faith, the 48-year-old Abington native and father of three is living that life; he's published six novels, including the forthcoming Marked Man,...
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