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Growing Up in Public with Lou Reed

I had gotten used to the idea of a world without any more great Lou Reed albums. His public appearance after the liver transplant and a somber comment by Laurie Anderson suggested the end might be near. When it came … Continue reading

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Why I Love Lou Reed

It’s somehow fitting that Lou Reed has passed away a few days before Halloween. Halloween is when children are introduced to evil as well as age, decay and death. It is sugar-coated, of course, so that they can begin the … Continue reading

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Independence Day with The Replacements

The 4th of July—American Independence Day—is the only time of year I like to join the throng. Here in Florida rain nearly always threatens, but it rarely stops anyone from walking downtown to convene on the grassy areas by the … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Milton Babbitt?

The editor of High Fidelity magazine undoubtedly did Milton Babbitt a disservice by changing the title of his article Off the Cuff to Who Cares if You Listen? The latter title, according to a 2002 interview with Babbitt, was never … Continue reading

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