Ragtime, while an obvious precursor of jazz, is a written [ie. composed] music rather than an improvised form of music. Despite sharing the syncopated base that was an essential element in later jazz, ragtime was performed as written and had a strict form (usually with an “A” section followed by a “B” section and then a return to the “A” section – or some variation of this) and was often played by military or brass bands. During it’s peak period (before 1920) most ragtime recordings are by orchestras or bands or are vocal recordings of ragtime songs. Ragtime recordings can frequently (but not always) be identified by the use of the word rag or ragtime in the title.
The 10th of November marked the anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, when Nazi Germany carried out a pogrom against Jewish-owned businesses, homes, schools and hospitals at the start of the Holocaust. Aside from the shattered storefronts and buildings, people were burned, and 30,000 Jews were carted off to concentration camps. Of course yesterday also […]
This is a legendary book about the Top 500 Northern Soul records. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy myself but hopefully will find one somewhere since it’s now out of print. The playlist with the 500 tracks never gets boring, it goes on repeat pretty often at my house. You can listen to it either […]
Before you go apeshit over the fact that your record is not on the list and want to hang the author …. this is a list compiled of what people have in their record collection on discogs, the best site for record collectors. Always when you see lists like this, people focus on why their […]