Welcome to Copper #57!
One last gasp of winter’s wrath in Chicago, combined with Anne E. Johnson‘s mention of misheard lyrics elsewhere in this issue, led me to the title above. I hope that you’re somewhere snug and warm, enjoying your discs—or downloads, streaming, or whatever.
The recent Axpona show outside Chicago was an overwhelming success—literally so overwhelming that half a dozen fast-moving reporters might’ve been to cover it all, but I surely couldn’t, by myself. Some of my impressions can be found here; we hope to have additional coverage in Copper #58.
Dan Schwartz’s marathon chat with legendary promoter/raconteur Rikki Farr continues here, covering everything from English gangsters to discovering Keith Emerson, to yet another thing Yoko screwed up.
Everyone here is here: Larry Schenbeck focuses upon musical offerings that provide simple, uncategorizable pleasure; Dan Schwartz tells us producer Bill Bottrell’s thory of Mix A vs. Mix B; Richard Murison provides a different perspective on Beethoven; Jay Jay French is back with a new series on his guitar influences, starting with Mike Bloomfield; Roy Hall comes of age with his 21st column— about the wrong woman; Anne E. Johnson brings us the well-crafted and surprisingly-upbeat pop of The Sea and Cake; and I look at things made by hand, and why we obsess over old stuff.
Woody Woodward and Industry News will both return next issue. Anne will also be back with another Something Old/Something New survey review.
Thanks for reading, and see you next issue!