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Outtakes 2: R.E.M.

The book was going to include a chapter on R.E.M. adapted from a column I wrote some years ago about the song “Driver 8” from the band’s 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction. The point was to discuss how a song’s context can change over time, a point made by Stipe himself in his introduction […]

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Outtakes 1: Prologue

The original opening of the Prologue focused on Roy Brown recording “Rockin’ at Midnight” in a New Orleans studio in January 1949. You listen to this song, and no matter how familiar the jump blues form may be, you hear a voice and a band of musicians on the verge of something entirely new. Eventually […]