Welcome to Copper #74, the second of three December issues, and one of our biggest issues ever. We hope that those who celebrate it had a pleasant Hanukkah, and wish a very merry Christmas to those who celebrate. We’ve got a lot of great articles to keep you occupied while you’re off work—so, onward!
From our usual gang of geniuses: Larry Schenbeck provides suggestions for musical holiday gifts; Dan Schwartz is back, and tells us about a performance of Handel’s Messiah; Richard Murison has a fascinating cloak-and-dagger tale of the lost, final score by Beethoven; Jay Jay French tells us how Keith Richards will outlive us all (better living through chemistry?); Roy Hall remembers trade shows gone bad; Anne E. Johnson brings us lesser-known cuts from The Police; Christian James Hand deconstructs the powerful “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine; Woody Woodward brings us memories of Christmases past; and I have a Christmas wish for the world of audiophilia, and wrap up the series on phono playback—for now.
Anne is back with a Something Old/Something New look at recent recordings of Couperin; Woody is also back with a holiday short story; and our friend Tom Methans is back with a celebrity close encounter of the canine kind.
Enjoy, and we’ll see you at the end of the year!