Sincere Flattery

Sincere Flattery

Written by Frank Doris

As a fortune cookie connoisseur, I may have found the best one yet: “Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.” Especially when it comes to audio gear!

We at Copper wish everyone the very best for a happy and healthy holiday season, and for the hope and wonder of new beginnings in 2023.

In this issue: Anne E. Johnson profiles electrifying R&B pioneer Barbara Lynn, and classical violin music master Pietro Locatelli. Larry Jaffee celebrates the life of Lou Reed and includes an interview he did with Reed in 2003. J.I. Agnew goes back to the beginning of record lathe manufacturing. Russ Welton has some thoughts on buying the gear your room needs. John Seetoo interviews mobile recording pioneer David W. Hewitt. Ken Kessler sees the cassette striking back. Rudy Radelic recommends some holiday music favorites. Andrew Daly hears from Jack Daley, bassist for Lenny Kravitz and the Spin Doctors.

B. Jan Montana’s epic pilgrimage to Sturgis comes to a close. Tom Methans thinks the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame isn’t really about rock and roll. He also profiles uncompromising musician Stuffy Shmitt. Ray Chelstowski talks with Grammy-nominated blues singer/guitarist Eric Gales. Steven Bryan Bieler makes peace with Handel’s Messiah. Jay Jay French listens to a bunch of hearing aids. I review more of my favorite rock albums. Howard Kneller inaugurates "From the Listening Chair," featuring photography of appealing audio gear. We conclude the last issue of 2022 with holiday warmth, wrapping, lossless audio, and stairs to climb.

Staff Writers:

J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Andrew Daly, Harris Fogel, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Ken Kessler, Don Lindich, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, Adrian Wu

Contributing Editors:
Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Jack Flory, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, Ted Shafran, David Snyder, Bob Wood

“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

Parting Shots:
James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

Audio Anthropology Photos:
Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

Frank Doris

Paul McGowan

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