December 18th, 2022

    As a fortune cookie connoisseur, I may have found the best one yet: “Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.” Especially when it comes to audio gear!

    We at Copper wish everyone the very best for a happy and healthy holiday season, and for the hope and wonder of new beginnings in 2023.

    In this issue: Anne E. Johnson profiles electrifying R&B pioneer Barbara Lynn, and classical violin music master Pietro Locatelli. Larry Jaffee celebrates the life of Lou Reed and includes an interview he did with Reed in 2003. J.I. Agnew goes back to the beginning of record lathe manufacturing. Russ Welton has some thoughts on buying the gear your room needs. John Seetoo interviews mobile recording pioneer David W. Hewitt. Ken Kessler sees the cassette striking back. Rudy Radelic recommends some holiday music favorites. Andrew Daly hears from Jack Daley, bassist for Lenny Kravitz and the Spin Doctors.

    B. Jan Montana’s epic pilgrimage to Sturgis comes to a close. Tom Methans thinks the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame isn’t really about rock and roll. He also profiles uncompromising musician Stuffy Shmitt. Ray Chelstowski talks with Grammy-nominated blues singer/guitarist Eric Gales. Steven Bryan Bieler makes peace with Handel’s Messiah. Jay Jay French listens to a bunch of hearing aids. I review more of my favorite rock albums. Howard Kneller inaugurates "From the Listening Chair," featuring photography of appealing audio gear. We conclude the last issue of 2022 with holiday warmth, wrapping, lossless audio, and stairs to climb.

    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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    Even More Rock Album Mini-Reviews

    In Issue 150 I listed my 150 desert island favorite…

    Eric Gales: A Blues Guitar Force of Nature

    The only people who don’t think being nominated for a…

    Buy The Audio Gear Your Room Needs: Some Thoughts

    Have you ever eaten in a restaurant and noticed something…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots: The Cassette Strikes Back

    As noted in previous installments, including my report on the…

    Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’?

    Well, eh…no, according to my wife. A joke goes like…

    Lou Reed’s Spirit Remains in New York, On Record, and On Stage

    Lou Reed passed away on Oct. 27, 2013 but interest…

    How I Learned to Stop Kvetching and Make Nice With Handel’s Messiah

    Christmas is approaching with all the subtlety of a runaway…

    Barbara Lynn: Electrifying R&B Pioneer

    There was never anything ordinary about Barbara Lynn. A Black…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis: Epilogue

    The next morning, I rolled over, kissed Melody on the…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 28

    Having visited the Great British disk recording industry in our…

    Pietro Locatelli: Rediscovering a Master of Violin Music

    Pietro Locatelli (1695 – 1764) is one of those gifted…

    Some Holiday Music Favorites

    I might be a bit of an outlier. I typically…

    Stuffy Shmitt: Portrait of an Artist

    In the 1990s I worked at the North Star Pub…

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Not Rock and Roll

    The full telecast of the November 5, 2022 Rock &…

    Wrapping Presence

    Jack Daley: Rockin’ the Bass for Lenny Kravitz and Spin Doctors

    Bass players are often the forgotten men and women on…

    An Interview With Mobile Recording Innovator David W. Hewitt, Part One

    David W. Hewitt is one of the pioneers in designing…

    Audio Up Close: the Magico A3 Loudspeaker

    “From the Listening Chair” is a new column that will…

    Holiday Warmth

    Some serious “wow” factor here – a 1950s McIntosh C-104…

    Lossless Audio


    Staircase, New York City, overlooking Madison Square Garden. John Flory…
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