Sir Rastus Bear who’d ever believe
    You’d be by a song
    Redeemed

    – Blue Öyster Cult, “Redeemed”

    Copper’s Tom Gibbs is going to be absent from the next few issues. He’s in the process of moving, and his audio system is dismantled for the time being. When he returns he’s got some stories to tell about the adventure, which – wait for it – hasn’t been going entirely according to plan…

    In this issue: John Seetoo interviews mastering engineer Piper Payne. Tom Methans visits the 2022 New York Audio Show. J.I. Agnew considers the finer points of record cutting lathes. Wayne Robins reviews Beyoncé’s new album, Renaissance. Jeff Weiner pays another visit to the Musical Instrument Museum. Ray Chelstowski talks with tour manager David Libert about his new book, Rock and Roll Warrior. Harris Fogel looks at the recent NAMM music industry show. B. Jan Montana ponders the question of limited identity. Rudy Radelic continues his series on A&M Records with a look at their Latin side. Ted Shafran begins a new series on desert island classical music recordings.

    I hit an Octave Records LP trifecta: the release of three Octave titles on vinyl. Ken Kessler finds goodies in boxes – tape boxes, that is. Rock runs in the family: Andrew Daly interviews Graham Whitford (son of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford) of Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown. Russ Welton looks back at a unique musical instrument industry apprenticeship program. In a Copper exclusive, Larry Jaffee offers a never-before-published chapter from his Record Store Day book. Anne E. Johnson celebrates the 150th anniversary of master of orchestration Ralph Vaughan Williams, and hears empowerment in the country music of Martina McBride. We close the issue with a hearing aid, alien musical taste, tubes to go, and a theatrical display.

    Staff Writers:

    J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Andrew Daly, 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, Harris Fogel, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, David Snyder, Bob Wood

    Cover:
    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    Cartoons:
    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

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

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Editor:
    Frank Doris

    Publisher:
    Paul McGowan

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    No one. We are free from advertising and subscribing to Copper is free.

     – FD

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