the kinks on arthur and finding shangri-la

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AS WE BEGIN OUR STORY some­time in late 1970, the Kinks were in a bit of a bad way. De­spite being one of the pre­mier groups of the British In­va­sion of 1964, they had not reached the Top 40 in the US since mid-1966. Even in their homeland—their own Vil­lage Green, filled with Arthur and mil­lions like him—it had been more than a year since they’d had a hit! READ MORE

the history of rock & roll in a nutshell (300 words or less)

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THE NUTSHELL IS THIS: rock & roll has had two golden eras, both times when the artists took con­trol of the music and its di­rec­tion and led the way. But that’s not the norm for pop­ular music: the norm is for busi­nessmen in the form of owners, Artists & Reper­toire (A&R) men, and other “bean-counters” to say what’s so. READ MORE

video did not kill no radio stars (they was already mostly dead anyways)

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WAY BACK IN 1979, nerdish singer Trevor Horn and his band Bug­gles re­leased single ti­tled Video Killed The Radio Star. (It had been recorded ear­lier by Bruce Woolley and Camera Club.) The song’s theme was pro­mo­tion of tech­nology while wor­rying about its ef­fects. This song re­lates to con­cerns about mixed at­ti­tudes to­wards 20th cen­tury in­ven­tions and ma­chines for the media arts. READ MORE