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Women Composers of Early Music

Issue 114FEATURED

If you ask people to name a famous classical music composer they’ll probably say Bach, Beethoven, Brahms or Mozart – all men. If you ask people to name a famous...

Italian Progressive Rock, Part Four

Issue 115FEATURED

In this final installment, I’ll introduce you to three more bands. Part one in this series focused on Premiata Forneria Marconi (“Award-Winning Marconi Bakery”), or PFM, the most well-known of the Italian rock...

Songs of Praise from Unlikely Artists, Part Two

Issue 113FEATURED

In Part One of this series (Issue 112), I noted that throughout the history of American music, the influence of the Christian church has been well documented and apparent. While...

Songs of Praise From Unlikely Artists, Part One

Issue 112FEATURED

Sex, drugs and rock and roll – the phrase is a catchall euphemism for the debauchery and revelry associated with the music industry. Tales of Dionysian excess, wild drunkenness, partying,...

Tales of an Audio Forum Administrator, Part Three

Issue 112FEATURED

My last installment gave an in-depth look at what many forum moderators experience on a day-to-day basis. It isn’t the most glamorous job, but it’s ultimately rewarding enough that they...

White-Knuckling It: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Ban...

Issue 137FEATURED

The 1970s dawned with a blistering hangover as the 1960s bled right into the new decade. On September 13, 1969, just before Abbey Road began dominating end-of-’60s radio, John Lennon sang at...

Being an Audio Forum Moderator, Part Two

Issue 111FEATURED

This is the second in our series of articles giving a behind-the-scenes look at how a forum operates. I will start this installment out by being perfectly honest: A forum...

Italian Progressive Rock, Part Two: Le Orme

Issue 111FEATURED

Le Orme (“The Footprints”) is one of the most successful and prolific of the Italian progressive rock bands. From their inception in 1966 through the last decade, they have continued to...

Camaraderie

Issue 135Featured

We called him Brother Crawford because that was the protocol in the evangelical church in which I was raised. He was well into his eighties and moved very slowly, so...

Elitism in Audio and Its Implications

Issue 110FEATURED

Audio and music are passions. They can be a hobby, a vocation, a lifestyle, a love, a way to live or all of these. They are very personal pursuits and...

Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Musical Career Overview, Pa...

Issue 109FEATURED

Part One focused on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s work in the groundbreaking Yellow Magic Orchestra. In Part Two I look at his solo work, film scores, collaborations into different types of ethnic...

Italian Progressive Rock, Part One: PFM

Issue 109FEATURED

The major British progressive rock bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s found receptive audiences throughout Europe, with perhaps none more enthusiastic than the Italians. Italy’s symphonic and operatic...

Terry Kath: Chicago's Guitarist Extraordinaire

Issue 108FEATURED

In 1970 a dear friend, Hank Rau, introduced me to a new band, Chicago Transit Authority. I want to dedicate this column to Hank, who I’ve known since the first...

Ryuichi Sakamoto - A Musical Career Overview, P...

Issue 108FEATURED

Meeting one’s musical heroes can often take place in unexpected circumstances. Back in the late 1980s, a particular music hero of mine had played a rare concert at the Beacon...

NAMM: An Audiophile’s Perspective

Issue 103FEATURED

The National Association of Music Merchants has been around in one form or another since 1901. It started as an organization for piano merchants, but soon expanded to include other...

Lou Reed’s Berlin – Its Music from a Fresh Pers...

Issue 103FEATURED

With the exception of Foley artists or people who collect sound effects, I think it’s safe to assume that the vast majority of audiophiles are also music aficionados. As such,...

Mythical Stature: Gentle Giant, Part Two

Issue 103FEATURED

In the first installment of this two-parter, the three Shulman Brothers, along with Gary Green, Kerry Minnear, and John Weathers had completed recording their fourth album, Octopus, in 1972. They began...

BandLab: Reviving Iconic Brands for Musicians

Issue 102FEATURED

When Gibson Guitars was descending into its eventual Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of October, 2017, one of the most demoralizing warning shots was the announcement months earlier that technical support...

Missing the Pazz and Jop Critics Poll

Issue 102FEATURED

What’s Happening to Best Album of the Year Lists For many pop music critics, December was once the most joyous month, and it had nothing to do with holidays. Immediately...

Queen of the Salons

Issue 101FEATURED

A Paris Salon, drawing by Adrien Moreau (1843-1906) She was considered to be the Queen of the Salons; a great beauty and the “unchallenged sovereign of sophisticated Paris…the most distinguished...

Mythical Stature: Gentle Giant, Part One

Issue 101FEATURED

Gentle Giant, possibly the most musically and instrumentally diverse group in all of progressive rock, actually had its roots in rhythm and blues. Like so many UK youth in the...

Thoughts on Hi-Res Music and Audio – An Insider...

Issue 101FEATURED

Let me start by saying I have deep respect for all music and audio lovers and their various points of view. There is nothing in my experience more personal or...

Celebrating Cartoon Bob

Issue 100FEATURED

Our Bob D’Amico aka Cartoon Bob has been with Copper since the first issue was minted. He was profiled in Issue 27 and in addition to being a wonderful artist is, like most of...

New York Audio Show 2019 Report: Part Two

Issue 100FEATURED

Part One of this report appeared in Issue 99. As noted in that installment: I don’t make definitive sonic judgments at shows; there are too many variables, the room being the...

New York Audio Show 2019 Report: Part 1

Issue 99FEATURED

New York has been host to audio shows for a very long time – since the 1950s. The 1954 New York Audio Show marked the introduction of Henry Kloss’ landmark...

Pretentious! (No, Progressive)

Issue 99FEATURED

(An Introduction to Progressive Rock – the Most Critically Maligned Genre of Pop Music This Side of Disco) In the late ‘60s, rock music experienced a period of experimentation unprecedented...

Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report

Issue 98FEATURED

I’ve known about Capital Audiofest but hadn’t gone until this year. I’d heard it was a small but fun show – not enough to compel me. I didn’t have the...

AES NYC 2019

Issue 97FEATURED

For over 70 years, the Audio Engineering Society has been at the forefront making the latest technical information for sound recording, reinforcement, processing, and enhancement available to audio engineers and...

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019

Issue 94FEATURED

Things change. That’s inevitable, and occasionally, it is for the better. This year the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest moved from its familiar setting in the Denver Marriott Tech Center to the massive Gaylord...

A Visit to a Linkwitz Open House

Issue 92FEATURED

As the second day of the 2019 California Audio Show was taking place, a smaller, more intimate demonstration of the reproduction of recorded music was unfolding across the Bay in...

The California Audio Show Part 2

Issue 40FEATURED

Part 1 of my report on the California Audio Show appeared in Copper #91. That article gave an overview of the show, and described the exhibit rooms on the first floor. This concluding piece will...

The California Audio Show Part 1

Issue 39FEATURED

The Ninth California Audio Show took place July 26-28 at the Hilton Oakland Airport, which has been the hosting venue for the last few years. Our reports on the 2017 CAS can...

What Is It To You?

Issue 89FEATURED

Rock and roll music – the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms. – Salman Rushdie I’d rather play jazz, I hate rock and...

Munich, Part 4

Issue 88FEATURED

[Previous installments of our Munich coverage have appeared in Copper issues #85, 86, and 87—Ed.] We’ve talked about “the Munich Show”, meaning the High End, as the big show is properly known, and we’ve talked...

THE Show 2019, Part 2

Issue 88FEATURED

Part 1 of Jan Montana's report appeared in Copper #87---Ed.> I don't know anything about modern analog equipment, but I'd rather spend money on a TriangleArt turntable than most of...

THE Show 2019, Part 1

Issue 87FEATURED

It was difficult to convince members of the San Diego Music and Audio Guild to attend the THE Show this year. [THE Show is a sorta-acronym, for “The Home Entertainment Show”. The...

Munich, Part 2

Issue 86FEATURED

For all its admirable efficiency, there are some peculiar oversights in the presentation of High End, as the Munich show is called. If you look at the show website, you’ll find...

Fretting and Harping About Guitars

Issue 86FEATURED

When I was a teenager in New York during the 1960s, hundreds of people would gather around the fountain in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park to play their guitars and...

Munich, Part 3

Issue 87FEATURED

Ready for another day at the Munich High End, looking rather worse for wear. In past years we’ve seen a variety of Porsches and Bugattis at the show, put on...

Munich, Part 1

Issue 85FEATURED

After last year’s High End show in Munich, I filed a fairly brief report. This year’s show left me with more questions, and a lot more pictures. We’ll see how this...

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019: A Fan’s Minutes

Issue 85FEATURED

Some of my biggest regrets come from agreeing to social engagements – especially those taking place during my bedtime, but that’s what I did back in February when a text...

363 Days in Vietnam, Part 4

Issue 87FEATURED

[Previous installments from Michael’s book, 363 Days in Vietnam, appeared in Copper #84 , #85, and #86—Ed.] Day 301 Our mission at Tra Bong was never clear – it seemed like the powers that be were...

363 Days in Vietnam, Part 3

Issue 86FEATURED

[Previous installments from Michael’s book, 363 Days in Vietnam, appeared in Copper # 84 and #85—Ed.] Day 244 A home-made recording of a new rock band arrived today from my girlfriend (and future wife) –...

363 Days in Vietnam, Part 2

Issue 85FEATURED

[Our first installment from Michael’s book, 363 Days in Vietnam, appeared in Copper # 84—Ed.] Day 119 This photo of me pointing a gun at the camera has a lot to tell. A towel fastened...

363 Days in Vietnam, Part 1

Issue 84FEATURED

Most of what the average person knows about the Vietnam War is gleaned from movies, TV dramas and documentaries like the one Ken Burns’ produced in 2018. Almost every one...

Axpona 2019, Part 2

Issue 84FEATURED

[Part 1 of Rudy’s Axpona report was in Copper # 83—Ed.] One of my show favorites last year was the system from Eikon Audio, the new company founded by Gayle Sanders, co-founder of...

Axpona 2019, Part 1

Issue 83FEATURED

Mid-April in Chicago once again presents us with Axpona, one of the largest audiophile shows in North America. Weather was once again an unwelcome participant in this year’s show. Various...

Sofar

Issue 82FEATURED

I recently stumbled across an article naming the 30 best albums of 1969, an auspicious year for popular music if ever one was. How auspicious? Janis Joplin appears on the list...