September 25th, 2022

    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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     – FD

    Beyoncé In the Perfect Tense

    Renaissance (Columbia/Parkwood Entertainment) I'd always enjoyed Beyoncé's music, from the…

    The History of A&M Records, Part Seven: A&M Goes Latin

    Continuing our 60th anniversary celebration of A&M Records, our journey…

    An Octave Records Trifecta: Augustus, Thom LaFond and Clandestine Amigo Now Available On Vinyl

    Vinyl fans, take note: Octave Records has added three titles…

    David Libert: A Rock and Roll Warrior Tells All In His New Book

    When it comes to rock and roll excess, tales from…

    Can’t Get Enough (of Your Pressings)

    Author’s note: The following article was written in spring 2021…

    Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 23: Better Than Rice Krispies

    Ken Kessler revels in the stories told by scraps of…

    A Visit to The 2022 New York Audio Show, Part One

    The New York Audio Show returned after a bit of…

    The NAMM Show 2022, Part One

    When photography was in the process of being invented, two…

    Martina McBride: Empowered By Country Music

    Martina McBride has always been a spokesperson for the downtrodden,…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 30: Limited Identity

    It was a lovely mild evening as the sun set…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 22

    Over the last several episodes, we have traveled to different…

    Take a Walk in Wonderland: Revisiting the Musical Instrument Museum

    In previous Copper articles (Issue 168 and Issue 169), I…

    Classical Music for a Desert Island, Part One

    Over the past few months, our esteemed editor Frank Doris…

    What’s in a Name? MIRTAS – The Music Instrument Retail Training Apprenticeships Scheme

    From December 2013 and for several years afterward I worked…

    Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Master of Orchestration Turns 150

    On October 12, 2022, fans of 20th-century British music will…

    Hearing Aid

    Born to Rock: Graham Whitford of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

    From being born into a house of classic rock royalty…

    Piper Payne: A Mastering Engineer for Next-Generation Music, Part One

    Despite her relative youth, Piper Payne has forged a formidable…

    Tubes to Go

    Boldly proclaiming the maker's name in one of the coolest…

    Musica Universalis

    Theatrical Display

    The quiet woman in the ticket booth at the historic…
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