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Archive for July, 2009

Growing up in late 90’s America I was a grunge rock fan.  But being of the curious bent I decided to delve into music history a little further. Radio stations such as 93.3WMMR, 94.1WYSP and 102.9 WMGK soon replaced Y100.3 on my FM dial while 610WIP reigned supreme over on AM. After listening to the multitude of classic rock available on FM (610 is the all sports talk radio) I decided that there was something before all of this classic rock that I was exposing myself to. Just where did Jimmy Page get his licks from and who was Mick Jagger imitating. Well boy did I find out and you can too if you listen to Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music.  I found a blog titled The Old Weird America which goes on at length about the various and sundry songs, ballads and dance numbers found on the Anthology all of which were recorded between 1927 and 1932. 

Here is the link to the blog:  http://oldweirdamerica.wordpress.com/

Here is the link to Harry Smith on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Everett_Smith

The Old Weird America goes song by song on each post and gives alternate versions and where to find them.  Tres interessant if you ask me.

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As you might already have heard Irish-American author Frank McCourt is dead at 78 from melanoma.  Here is a link to the NYTimes.com article about Mr. McCourt: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/books/20mccourt.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&th&emc=th

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