In music


  • Hound Dog and the Hip Thrust Heard ‘Round the World: Elvis’s Iconic 1956 Performance

    On June 5, 1956, Elvis Presley stepped onto the stage of The Milton Berle Show, ready to perform his latest single, “Hound Dog.” Little did anyone know, this performance would become one of the most talked-about moments in television history and a defining point in the evolution of rock and roll. Presley, already a rising…

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  • A Deeper Look Into a Modern Classic: The Dayton Wright Hommage

    From the PMA vault, this article was initially published in August 2022 and is worth revisiting. One of my favourite and most memorable listening experiences this year was of the state-of-the-art Dayton Wright Hommage (French for Homage) loudspeaker, a cutting-edge re-imagining and redesign of the Dayton Wright XG-10 of yore. The Hommage uses nine XG-10…

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  • The 1963 Tour That Catapulted The Beatles into Stardom

    In the spring of 1963, The Beatles embarked on a tour that would irrevocably change not only their careers but also the cultural landscape of the 1960s. Starting on May 18 at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough, England, this tour was more than just another series of concerts; it was the genesis of Beatlemania and…

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  • Disco and Debauchery: A Night at Studio 54

    Studio 54 flung open its glamorous doors on April 26, 1977, and with its opening, it instantly cemented itself as the crown jewel of Manhattan’s nightlife. This wasn’t just a club; it was a nocturnal kingdom where the elites of Hollywood, fashion, art, and music came to play. The stories of its decadence, celebrities, and…

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  • Streaming vs. Lossless: Understanding Audio Formats

    In the ever-evolving landscape of digital music, the quest for pristine sound quality amidst the convenience of digital formats has led to the creation of an array of lossless audio codecs. These formats serve as a beacon for audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike, offering a sanctuary where the integrity of sound is preserved in its…

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  • Moon To Showcase New 891 Network Player/Preamplifier And 861 Power Amplifier At AXPONA

    April 4, 2024 (Montreal, Canada) – MOON will be showcasing an incredible reference system at this year’s Axpona. The new MOON 861 power amplifier and MOON 891 network player/preamplifier will make their US show debut and will combine with MOON’s 810LP phono amp, 820S power supply, and a Clearaudio Concept Signature turntable to deliver an…

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  • Brico’s Baton: A Woman’s Whisper in the Roar of Men

    Early Crescendos: The Formative Years of Antonia Brico In the rich tapestry of classical music history, Antonia Louisa Brico’s narrative is a compelling saga of tenacity, pioneering spirit, and sublime artistry. Born under the shadow of societal constraints in Rotterdam on June 26, 1902, to an unmarried Dutch Catholic mother, Brico’s journey from an obscure…

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  • Zero-Gravity Listening Chambers: The Weightless Sound Experience

    In a world where the quest for the perfect sound experience has reached dizzying heights, a revolutionary breakthrough has emerged, captivating the hearts and wallets of audiophiles everywhere: the Zero-Gravity Listening Chambers. This avant-garde concept, hailed as the “Weightless Sound Experience,” has taken the high-fidelity community by storm, promising an auditory journey that’s quite literally…

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  • Diving Into Disco – Rediscovering the Soul of a Generation

    Hi, my name is Claude and I’m a… disco addict. There I said it. Now that wasn’t so awful after all. Truth be told, I never shied away from admitting my lifelong disco dependency to strangers. I was always an unabashed member of the disco brigade, but from what I’ve gathered from friends and acquaintances,…

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  • Ten Albums to Get You Started on Your Classical Music Journey, Part 1

    Hi, my name is Pierre and I’m a compulsive record collector… That’s probably how I’d introduce myself if I belonged to a support group for hard-core record collectors. But fear not, my condition isn’t painful—it brings me immense joy, and I’m eager to share my passion for classical music in the pages of PMA Magazine.…

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  • Echoes of Apollo: The Music of Ancient Greece

    Introduction: The Soul of Greek Culture In the heart of ancient Greece, music was the very pulse of society, intricately woven into the fabric of daily life and imbued with a significance that went far beyond mere entertainment. This deep integration of music in Greek culture manifested in various dimensions, from the sacred echoes in…

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  • The Jackson 5 on “American Bandstand”: When Five Brothers from Gary, Indiana, Became America’s Favorite Siblings

    On the electrifying day of February 21, 1970, the Jackson 5 made an unforgettable debut on “American Bandstand,” a moment that has since been etched into the annals of music history. Led by the prodigious Michael Jackson, the group’s performance was more than just a musical set; it was a revelation. Michael, with a presence…

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  • The International Sweethearts’ Story

    In an era marked by stark racial divides and rigid gender roles, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm emerged as an audacious symphony of defiance and unity. Formed in the late 1930s, this all-women Swing orchestra not only challenged the prevailing societal norms but also painted a canvas of cultural diversity that was rare for its…

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  • Knowledge is Bowers (& Wilkins)

    John Bowers, Visionary of Sound In the quaint town of Worthing, West Sussex, a story of a remarkable individual began to unfold, a story that would eventually redefine the world of audio technology. John Bowers, the founder of Bowers & Wilkins, was born into a world where technology was rapidly evolving, yet the true potential…

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  • Led Zeppelin Releases Their Debut Album

    On January 12, 1969, a seismic shift occurred in the rock music landscape with the U.S. release of Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut album, followed by its UK release on March 31. This groundbreaking record, recorded in a mere 36 hours at Olympic Studios in London, signified the birth of a new era in hard rock…

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