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I Found That Essence Rare: The Transformative Sound?
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I Found That Essence Rare: The Transformative Sound?

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There’s an idea in the thesis of the Greil Marcus’ The History of Rock ’N’ Roll about how rock ’n’ roll is continually reinvented - that that’s actually the language and essence of it, the continual creation of  a sound that hasn’t been...

There’s an idea in the thesis of the Greil Marcus’ The History of Rock ’N’ Roll about how rock ’n’ roll is continually reinvented - that that’s actually the language and essence of it, the continual creation of  a sound that hasn’t been heard before (in a  world where everything’s been heard before). He uses some great examples/moments in the opening chapter, from Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, to hearing the doo wop classic “Stay” in a diner on Mulberry Street, to describing the Sopranos scene where AJ and his girlfriend are listening to “It’s Alright Ma(I’m Only Bleeding)” -A.J. hearing it for the first time - “I know you said this guy was good” - as his car catches on fire in the leaves and the tape burns to a slow halt. The idea is that that sound and feeling are more alive and vibrant than the official story of rock, or any music, and the essence is in “the potency of the individual mix.”

So this bead is dedicated to songs and sounds that capture the essence of that new discovery - a song or band you heard that felt totally new, or transformed the way you think about music. It can be historical or totally personal, or it could be that idea articulated in a lyric or through a musician talking about a revelatory sound they heard. It could be punk, or jazz, or a Joni Mitchell song - a record that changed your life in high school, or hopefully, a band you saw last Tuesday downtown.
Tim Ziegler
Mar 22, 2015
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