Arthur Russell: from avant-classical minimalism to disco

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5 Responses to “Arthur Russell: from avant-classical minimalism to disco”

  1. Russell’s music is delightful and far ahead of its time. FYI, the phrase “First Thought, Best Thought” came from Russell’s mentor, friend, and occasional lover, poet Allen Ginsberg.

  2. Somehow I had only just discovered him last year when I stumbled this terrific list of avant garde records: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=60517 and was subsequently blown away. I became interested in this kind of vocals-as-instrument. I recommend Extra Life and of course Meredith Monk.

  3. lutherblissett says:

    His 1986 record World of Echo still amazes and is a great place to start.

  4. lumpygravy2 says:

    Monumentally awful poser doodling at its worst…

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