217: Amy Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’

Turns out 500,000,000 Amy Winehouse fans were right. Go figure.

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215: Joni Mitchell, ‘Blue’

A close reading of the harrowingly intimate Joni Mitchell masterpiece, ‘Blue’.

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214: The Beatles, ‘You’re Gonna Lose That Girl’

Remember innocent optimism? The Beatles, 1965, the coolest humans ever born, making the finest music of our times.

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211: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, ‘Help, I’m a Rock’ (“Freak Out!”)

I knew that if I lived long enough, someday this would make sense.
Happy Plague, everyone.

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207: The Beatles, ‘Rocky Raccoon’; and Bob Dylan, ‘Frankie Lee and Judas Priest’/’Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts’

This is the way the world the world ends, this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with Jeff babbling about the demigods playing ping-pong.
Wishing all of us, everywhere, health and peace of mind.

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205: James Taylor, ‘Something’s Wrong’

James Taylor: “When you’re 20, you’ve just been issued the equipment you’re going to be using for a whole lifetime—the body, the mind, the skills, the talents, the appetites…” It’s also when you face the awful truth about this life: Something’s Wrong.

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204: Bob Dylan, ‘Idiot Wind’ (NY Sessions)

Dylan, not as a kid pretending to be a cotton-picker in Greenwich Village; not him embarrassing himself as an Evangelist preacher; not as an old fool croaking standards–this is Dylan at his creative pinnacle.
It’s another side of Bob Dylan — unmasked, naked and vulnerable. We’re idiots, babe, it’s a wonder that we still know how to breathe.

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202: Laura Nyro, ‘The Confession’

In March, 1968, Laura Nyro wrote and sang about the joy of sex—not as a companion, an addendum, a decoration, but as a Woman–breaking the glass ceiling in popular music.

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