Opening Salvo

    The Long and Short of It

    Issue 176

    Seen on a fortune cookie: “A short pencil is usually better than a long memory any day.” Tell me about it!

    In this issue: Jay Jay French reviews the new Beatles’ Revolver remixes. Ken Kessler takes a break from his reel-to-reel roots series to review Mobile Fidelity’s 40th anniversary LP edition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Wayne Robins covers Bob Dylan’s book, The Philosophy of Modern Song. J.I. Agnew goes to France for some cutting lathes and cuisine. John Seetoo is excited about going back to the Audio Engineering Society convention in New York. B. Jan Montana encounters wisdom in his epic pilgrimage to Sturgis. Tom Methans visits the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival. Ken Sander finds that press junkets aren’t all play. Larry Jaffee is a kid in a candy store at the Philips museum.

    Russ Welton continues his series on taming small-room acoustics. Ray Chelstowski talks with Glen Philips of Toad the Wet Sprocket and solo artist. I conclude my interview with Elliot Goldman of high-end distributor Bending Wave USA. Andrew Daly interviews Nora O’Connor, singer/songwriter and all-around musical secret sauce for the Decemberists, Iron and Wine and others. Rudy Radelic concludes his series on the 60th anniversary of A&M Records. Tom Gibbs makes an unexpected return to the audio dungeon. Anne E. Johnson praises groundbreaking classical composer William Grant Still, and the master of street poetry, Lou Reed. The Copper A/V squad concludes the issue by staying focused, encountering high voltage, getting nowhere, and visiting a city scene.

    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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     – FD

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