John Henry Hammond II (Born Manhattan, New York City, December 15, 1910 - Died Manhattan, New York City, July 10, 1987) was an American talent scout and producer, whose achievements in the record business will never be surpassed. As well as producing several significant American musical icons, he was a civil rights activist, a music critic, a philanthropist, and had a career that spanned six decades. His name is synonymous with Columbia Records (now Sony Records), and with artists from Billie Holliday to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Leaving the theatre I heard two or three fans remarking that the 71 year old Queen of Folk can still sing.


I can't tell whether it was the last night of a 21 date tour, or the natural ageing process which had introduced some new huskiness into that purest of pure voice.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:53

Bruce Springsteen – On The Boss

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Initially and for some time, Springsteen's sound has had no equal, but in recent years no shortage of bands have been striving to recreate his style of big music, from the Avett Brothers and the Hold Steady to Gaslight Anthem and the Killers.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 14:08

Cat Power - The Too-Tortured Artist?

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Cat Power's 2008  covers album Jukebox carries on the unique tradition that kicked off when the singer deconstructed the Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction on her 2000 album The Covers Record. Chan Marshall (her real name) took the essential maleness out of the song. Her voice was a revelation, reminiscent of Nina Simone and informed by Bob Dylan.
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