Issue 119

Opening Salvo: Take 22
This is my 22nd issue of editing Copper. 22 issues of fun, hard work, passion, power outages, a moment of...
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Masthead: Our Staff
Contributing Writers: J.I. Agnew, Ivan Berger, Ray Chelstowski, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Robert Heiblim, Rich Isaacs, Anne...
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Frankly Speaking: Confessions of a Setup Man, Part Eight: Too Hot to Handle
When I was working at The Absolute Sound as Harry Pearson’s set up man in the mid 1980s through early...
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Music'al Notes: Israel
Our friend Allan was the Sherriff of Galilee. At least that’s what we called him. In actuality he was a...
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Off the Charts: Patty Griffin: Finding True Purpose
Sometimes it takes a while to find your true purpose in life. Patty Griffin had just been through a divorce...
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Revolutions Per Minute: Sound Pilot: Interview with Acoustic Design Consultant Philip Newell
Philip Newell has been professionally involved in audio since 1966. He has done it all, from an apprenticeship in audio...
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Deep Dive: Unusual Musical Collaborations and Cameos, Part Two
In Part One (Issue 118) we covered Stevie Wonder and George Benson, Metallica and Lang Lang, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs...
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Trading Eights: The Incredible Jimmy Smith!
When Jimmy Smith was growing up near Philadelphia in the 1930s, he taught himself to play boogie-woogie piano well enough...
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To Be Determined: An Undiscovered Guitar God, a Remake, a Reissue, and a Future Classic
Walter Trout - Ordinary Madness Walter Trout is a blues survivor, and will turn seventy next March. He started playing...
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Eureka Moments: He is Lemmy, and He Played Rock and Roll
I met my friend Ned, a long-haired fry-cook at a British pub in Manhattan's South Street Seaport. He was between...
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Eureka Moments: It Started with a 45
I got my first transistor radio in 1961. It was cheap, made in Japan, and the brand was Lloyd’s —...
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True-Life Rock Tales: The Forty Thieves
I'm sitting with my sister Ellen at an outdoor coffee shop on the ocean in Venice Beach, California, and we're...
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The Copper Interview: Pat Quilter: Sound Reinforcement and Amp Guru, Part Two
In Part One (Issue 118) Pat Quilter and John Seetoo talked about the beginnings of Quilter Audio Labs and QSC...
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Wayne's Words: Themes From a Summer Piece
The Song of the Summer is not an official title. It’s not a Grammy category, not (usually) quantifiable by chart...
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Featured: Record Store Day – An Alternative Opinion
I never really gave much thought to Record Store Day, other than to see it mentioned on the internet here...
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Featured: When Dire Straits Made a Springsteen Record
There has been a lot said about the importance of Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town....
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Audio Anthropology: Can You Dig It?
This ad made you want to groove on a Marantz receiver, man! Circa 1973.   Who knew you didn't have...
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Parting Shot: Chicago Boogie
Summer CES 1993, taken before The Mondial Experience jam session and party. For a few years, former audio manufacturer Mondial...
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