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2001 Stories by Lawrence Kay

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  • Charley Patton

    published December 26, 2001

    Although he never got the notice Robert Johnson received through Eric Clapton and his crowd, Charley Patton is generally considered the... More >>

  • John Hartford

    published December 12, 2001

    It was a sad day last June when country/ bluegrass innovator John Hartford passed away after a long struggle with lymphoma. Hartford was an... More >>

  • Slack Keys and MP3s

    published December 5, 2001

    On a Sunday morning in El Cerrito, as the gray skies turn to drizzle, several silver-haired, denim-clad collectors at Down Home Music's monthly 78... More >>

  • Start Slacking

    published December 5, 2001

    Sol Hoopii -- Master of the Hawaiian Guitar, Vol. 1-2 (Rounder) Dazzling guitar work by one of the best-known... More >>

  • The Velvet Underground

    published December 5, 2001

    When the Velvet Underground toured the West Coast with Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable back in 1966, the response was underwhelming to... More >>

  • Sweet Musette

    published November 14, 2001

    When she was a young girl in Paris in the '60s, Odile Lavault was not particularly aware of the seismic upheavals in French popular music... More >>

  • SF Music Awards 2001

    published October 17, 2001

    It was a strange experience putting this show together in the midst of so much turmoil. The timing was all wrong. I found myself sending out... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 3, 2001

    Several years back -- around the time of John Hughes and Flashdance -- soundtrack albums lost their link to the movies they accompanied,... More >>

  • The Clean; Slumber Party

    published September 19, 2001

    In the late '70s, when the alternaworld sprang fully formed and safety-pinned from the head of Zeus (or John Lydon, depending on whom you ask), a... More >>

  • The New Tweedy Brothers

    published August 22, 2001

    By the time the New Tweedy Brothers put out their only album in 1968, the group had been on the San Fran scene for several years, opening for the... More >>

  • Steel Away

    published August 1, 2001

    The pedal steel guitar is an ungainly, baffling instrument -- a complicated gadget with two necks, strings that bend like saltwater taffy, and a... More >>

  • Teenage Fanclub

    published July 18, 2001

    Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub is a textbook case of a band that fell victim to its own early brilliance, as well as the mercilessness of circumstance... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published June 27, 2001

    The granddaddy of all rock reissues, the Nuggets series dates back to 1972, when Patti Smith's future guitarist Lenny Kaye assembled a... More >>

  • Breakfast at Bluesville

    published June 20, 2001

    When British Prime Minister Tony Blair swept back into office a couple of weeks ago, English garage rock goddess Holly Golightly was not among the... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published June 20, 2001

    It's natural to assume that Brazil -- with its potent African heritage and tradition of heavily syncopated, percussive pop -- would have embraced... More >>

  • Lucinda Williams

    published June 13, 2001

    It's remarkable to hear so powerful and potent an artist as Lucinda Williams sounding as victimized and forlorn as she does on her sixth album.... More >>

  • Moreno Veloso + 2

    published May 16, 2001

    Brazilians love experimentation and magical moments; they love assimilating far-flung musical styles, blending them with local rhythms, and... More >>

  • Young Fresh Fellows vs. The Minus 5; Soft Boys

    published April 4, 2001

    Seattle's Young Fresh Fellows formed in the early '80s, between the '60s garage glory of the Sonics and Nirvana's grungy '90s, when not a lot was... More >>

  • Margo Guryan

    published March 21, 2001

    You could be forgiven for suspecting, even just momentarily, that this record is an elaborate put-on. After all, phony "lost masterpieces" are... More >>

  • Gram Parsons

    published March 14, 2001

    Gram Parsons pioneered the country-rock scene back in the swinging '60s, at a time when rednecks battled with longhairs for the soul of the nation... More >>

  • LiLiPUT/Kleenex

    published March 7, 2001

    For decades, the Zurich-based art-punk ensemble Kleenex has held a peculiar fascination for high-minded music listeners. From 1978 to 1983, this... More >>

  • Hear This

    published January 17, 2001

    Halley's comet passes the Earth only every 76 years, and though their schedule is less infrequent, an appearance by the Original Comets -- Bill... More >>

  • Holly Golightly; Ludella Black

    published January 10, 2001

    Since its debut in the early 1990s, British garage rock goddess Holly Golightly's grrl group, Thee Headcoatees, has carried the banner of stylish,... More >>

  • Los Shakers; Various Artists

    published January 3, 2001

    Let's face it: Half the fun of listen-ing to foreign-language rock 'n' roll oldies is hearing how goofy and clumsy the performances were, or... More >>

  • Hear This

    published January 3, 2001

    One man towers -- literally and figuratively -- over the West Coast retrobilly scene, and that man is Deke Dickerson, the good-natured guitar god... More >>

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