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Background

Origin Story

Nothing Has Been Done Before began coming together in the late summer and early fall of 2014, largely as a collision of three texts: Arthur Danto’s After the End of Art, Boris Groys’ On the New, and Greil Marcus’ The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs. I was reviewing the latter for the […]

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Outtakes

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 […]