Legacy Reader Digest: September
September 30, 2016
Welcome to the latest edition of our Reader Digest, where we have curated the pieces we have enjoyed most on the web over the last month.
This September, in honour of The Boss, read Amanda Petrusich on Springsteen’s The River album in the New Yorker,
and join Ruth and Martin’s Album Club at the beginning, with a first listen to Darkness on the Edge of Town;
Journey through Bobby Gillespie’s favourite albums (featuring the Scream frontman’s love of The Clash) for his Baker’s Dozen selection in The Quietus;
One of the 20th Century’s finest writers, Elizabeth Hardwick pens a poetically personal profile of Billie Holiday in the March 4th, 1974 edition of the New York Review of Books;
Lester Bangs vs Lou Reed, Let it Rock, November 1973;
Pitchfork joins the dots of the explosive, astonishing summer of 1976;
and an astonishingly young Janis Ian performs as Leonard Bernstein analyses and waxes lyrical on the strange new pop music of 1966.
Springsteen’s Most Anxious Album – the New Yorker
““Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact,” Springsteen sings on “Atlantic City,” the album’s spectral, ominous second track. And he means everything: not just our corporeal selves, but our devotions, obsessions, sacred oaths. Somehow, that’s not even the song’s most shattering bit: “I got debts no honest man can pay,” Springsteen concedes in the second verse. It is as pure an admission of spiritual defeat as any other line in American verse.”
Ruth and Martin’s Album Club, Week 1: “Darkness on the Edge of Town”
“For me it is an album that reflects the realities of life, particularly the difference between living life and simply existing. But meaning aside, this is an album of 10 great tracks… So, I love it, all these critics love it. You’re 43, you’ve listened to loads of albums, why have you never listened to this one? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU???”
Howls From The Soul: Bobby Gillespie’s Favourite Albums – the Quietus
“Punk rock was my portal and pathway to being a creative person. And the first Clash album was everything to set me on my way. Even now, I feel quite emotional talking about this. It’s the most emotional record the Clash made because there’s something really pure about it. I also think there’s a humanism that the Clash have that the Pistols didn’t, as the latter were just pure rage. For those reasons, this record is my life.”
Elizabeth Hardwick: Billie Holiday – The New York Review of Books
““Lady’s a little behind. She’s over-scheduled herself.” Groans and coughs from the bedroom. In the peach-shaded lights, the wan rosiness of a beaten sofa was visible. A shell, still flushed from the birth of some crustacean, was filled with cigarette ends. A stocking on the floor. And the record player, on and on, with the bright clarity of her songs. Smoke and perfume and somewhere a heart pounding.”
Lou Reed vs Lester Bangs
“Both Transformer and the single from it are enormous hits. Lou Reed is not only a legend: he’s a star. In one of the interviews he did last summer, Lou said: “I can create a vibe without saying anything, just by being in the room.”
He was right.”
Punk, Disco, and Silly Love Songs: Revisiting the Explosive Summer of 1976 – Pitchfork
“It’s the summer of 1976, and the American Bicentennial is exploding across the sky. Amid fireworks and the wanton merchandising of patriotism, the United States turns 200. It’s more than a nice, round number. After Watergate, Vietnam, and the 1960s, a decade during which the fabric of the country seemed to unravel, America stands. Just as unbelievably, the 21st century is now in view. We’re becoming aware that the 2000s—the future speculated on in so much science fiction—will soon arrive; Viking 1 lands on Mars, sending back indications of possible life and the iconic photo of a giant face among its mountains. It’s the end of old things, the start of new ones, and a celebration of our own unlikely survival”
“Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution” – 1967 CBS Special, hosted by Leonard Bernstein, featuring Janis Ian
“…This strange and compelling scene called pop music … It’s completely of, by, and for the kids. And by kids I mean anyone from eight years old to twenty-five … It raises lots of questions, but right now, for openers, here are the two that concern me most. One: why do adults resent it so, and two: why do I like it?”
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With one of the most powerful, diverse single catalogues in the history of rock – ‘Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles’ due out this month – our Artist of the Month for May is the unutterably incomparable Primal Scream.Read more
Primal Scream’s landmark 1986 single ‘Velocity Girl’ will be reissued on limited edition 7″ vinyl on May 24, alongside the release of ‘Maximum Rock n Roll: The Singles’.Read more
We’re proud to announce that ahead of this year’s festival season, Primal Scream will be releasing ‘Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles’, collecting one of the most powerful single discographies in rock.Read more
As Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out one man show, ‘Springsteen On Broadway’ comes to a close in New York, we’re excited to announce the release of the accompanying soundtrack set and Netflix show.Read more
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Unheard and never before released, the Original Memphis Recordings from Primal Scream’s first ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’ sessions, are out now.Read more
Since their formation in 1982, Bobby Gillespie and co. have soundtracked innumerable lives, from the gleeful hedonism of ‘Rocks’ to the plaintive ‘Cry Myself Blind’, there’s a ‘Scream tune for every mood and every moment.Read more
As we prepare to release the never-heard-before original Memphis recordings of ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’, Primal Scream our are Artist of the Month for October.Read more
Watching this video from 1986, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Lou Reed was less a product of the Golden Age of Rock’n’Roll and more a creation of Skynet.Read more
We’re proud to present five carefully curated and lovingly remastered vinyl & CD reissues from Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Janis Ian, out nowRead more
Presenting a new limited edition box set of some of The Boss’ finest work, long out of print, on remastered vinyl for the first time and available now.Read more
As we revisit one of The Boss’ most urgent, powerful eras, our artist of the month for May is the one and only Bruce Springsteen.Read more
Want to win six classic Lou Reed LPs?Read more
This week we turn to our attention to a watershed moment from The Boss (and not just because of Courtney Cox’s Dad dancing…)Read more
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‘Janis Ian: The Essential 2.0’ – the first ever career-spanning two disc set celebrating the acclaimed singer-songwriter – is out now.Read more
The 1980s proved to be a cruel and unforgiving time for many artists of a 1960s vintage but Lou Reed had always been cut from a different cloth….Read more
Fancy winning some exclusive ‘Screamadelica’ swag signed by Bobby Gillespie himself?Read more
Over the last 12 months, we at Sony Legacy have been proud to assemble some truly comprehensive compendiums of the most innovative and influential artists of all time. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest.Read The Rundown...
Julian Marszalek reflects on Gotham’s impressive musical legacy…Read More...
Just a reminder that this incredible box set is now available on both CD and Vinyl…Read More...
Get to grips with one of the most comprehensive collections of Lou Reed’s solo work, available now.Read More...
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Some fantastic reviews for Bruce Springsteen’s genre-defining autobiography, ‘Born To Run’.Read More...
We’re very proud to offer you the chance to win the most comprehensive anthology to date of the work of the quintessential New York rocker; Lou Reed.Read More...
The definitive Lou Reed collection, out now…Read more
A round up of the best from to read and watch on the web from SeptemberRead more
Learn about Bruce Springsteen’s new book ‘Born To Run’!Read more
Enter our prize draw for your chance to win a copy of the new book ‘Born To Run’…Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Bruce is back with a new book and a new album!Read more
We are thrilled to welcome Janis Ian back to the Sony Music family!Read more
Legendary albums are available for a special price on iTunes…Read more
- Meet me in the cityBruce Springsteen
- The man who got awayBruce Springsteen
- Little white liesBruce Springsteen
- The time that never wasBruce Springsteen
- NIght fireBruce Springsteen
- and lots more!...
It’s the 10th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Seeger Sessions’! Here are 10 facts about the album…Read more
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
- Walk on the wide sideLou Reed
- Sweet JaneThe Velvet Underground
- Perfect dayLou Reed
- Street HassleLou Reed
- Dirty blvdLou Reed
- and lots more!...
- Movin' on upPrimal Scream
- Country girlPrimal Scream
- RocksPrimal Scream
- LoadedPrimal Scream
- Come togetherPrimal Scream
- and lots more!!...
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“There’s nothing as fervent, pure or huge as the teenage imagination. It deserved a soundtrack to match.”Read more
“‘Screamadelica’ is one of this era’s most beautiful, far-reaching pieces of musical adventure…pretty much a perfect album”
A comprehensive collection from ‘The River’ era.Read more
It’s Bruce Springsteen’s birthday, and we’re taking a look back through his musical timeline…Read more
THE CLASH, PUNK ROCK, AND BRITAIN IN THE 1970SRead more
Today we celebrate the spectacular album that is ‘Born To Run’ by Bruce Springsteen…Read more
Happy belated 4th of July y’allRead more
You can now get Bruce Springsteen’s first 7 albums on vinyl with re-mastered audio.Read more
We’re celebrating the launch of our website with a very nice competition for you guys…Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more