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We warmly welcome our newest staff member, Tim Riley. He’s an NPR critic, Emerson College professor of journalism, and author. Tim reviews music for NPR’s Here and Now and On Point. His reviews appear in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2016, he won the LA Press Club's award for Best Book Critic for his truthdig.com essays. As a popular presenter, he's given hundreds of multimedia lectures on censorship in the arts, and on rock history. His most recent book, with Walter Everett, is What Goes On: The Beatles, Their Music, and Their Time (2019).
In this issue: Rudy Radelic concludes his series on the jazz music of Henry Mancini. Ken Sander hits the road with the touring company of Superstar. John Seetoo interviews Dr. Fang Bian of HIFIMAN and Russ Welton talks with producer, film composer and musician C.J. Vanston. Tim Riley offers a definitive take on the new John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection. J.I. Agnew continues his The Giants of Tape series with a look at the Ampex ATR-104 at David Glasser’s Airshow Mastering. B. Jan Montana has a strategy for accomplishment.
Are you a hard-core record collector? I begin a series that asks the question. Anne E. Johnson covers the careers of the Doobie Brothers and reed man Illinois Jacquet. Tom Gibbs digs deeper into streaming audio. Ray Chelstowski talks with pop songwriter extraordinaire Richard X. Heyman, and Rich Isaacs concludes his interview with synthesizer pioneer Dr. Patrick Gleeson. Russ Welton looks at subwoofer setup. We conclude the issue with orchestral manoeuvres, vertical integration, a head trip and some reflection.
J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Don Lindich, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, Larry Schenbeck, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, WL Woodward, Adrian Wu
Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Robert Heiblim, Ken Kessler, Stuart Marvin, Bob Wood
“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico
James Whitworth, Peter Xeni
James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)
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