WMFU DJ Irwin Chusid
has put together a tribute website to music producer Tom Wilson
. Wilson was born in 1931 and died young at 47 in 1978. Among the musicians he worked with: Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Pete Seeger, The Mothers of Invention, The Velvet Underground, Nico, Gil-Scott Heron, and Professor Longhair. Some of his notable and more far-out productions
, include the Bob Dylan "Like a Rolling Stone" session which was the subject of the much repeated Al Kooper organ riff anecdote
. He had been president of Harvard's Young Republican club, graduated Harvard cum laude, and was African-American
. He was also friends with Wally "Famous" Amos
, and it was through Wilson, that Amos, at the time an agent at William Morris, came to represent Simon & Garfunkel.
A long-awaited new recording from Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
- will be released in February. Video interview and report by BBC's Stephen Smith
. Hear a sample: Where Did the Night Go?
. Check out this awesome prior post: Happy Birthday Gil! (via Undercover Black Man)
The Oxford American
(the "Southern Magazine of Good Writing," not the dictionary) recently released their 11th annual Southern Music
issue, featuring the usual CD full of "Southern Masters," and, for the first time
, a special "Arkansas Masters" disc--the first of a series that brings deserved recognition to "almost teen queen Kenni Huskey"
and true one-hit, one-side-of-a-45 wonderClaudia Whitten
, whose "Bring Me All the Love You've Got"
(mp3 link) is occasionally available as a rarity. Several of the accompanying essays are available online. [more inside]
April Fools Day, 2009 also means happy 60th birthday
to one of my favorite musicians, Gil Scott-Heron
From his popular early works like the heavily referenced
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
", "Whitey On The Moon
", and "The Bottle
", to his continued productions and tours over the decades
, he's had a few hurdles
, but never stopped
. For more on his life and music, here's a great documentary from a few years back (MLYT): pt. 1
Revolution is not an AOL keyword.
"You will not be able to stay home, dear Netizen.
You will not be able to plug in, log on and opt out ..."