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  • The Wall at the Wall: Roger Waters’ Historic Berlin Concert

    Before the Berlin Wall fell, it wasn’t just a physical barrier; it was a scar running through the heart of a divided city. For nearly three decades, it symbolized the ideological conflict between East and West, splitting families and friends, and casting a shadow over Berlin. Potsdamer Platz, the concert’s location, held heavy symbolism from…

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  • The Electrifying Debut of The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    In the spring of 1967, a seismic shift occurred in the rock music panorama with the release of “Are You Experienced,” the debut album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This album didn’t merely enter the music scene; it exploded into it, bringing with it a new era of sound innovation and cultural expression that would…

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  • Impex Reissues the Bossa Nova Jazz Classic Getz/Gilberto (and an Interview With Nick Getz and Abey Fonn)

    Frank Doris interviews Nick Getz, son of sax legend Stan Getz, and Abey Fonn of Impex Records, about the new Getz/Gilberto LP reissue of the bossa nova classic.

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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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  • From Halfway House to Vinyl Powerhouse: The Full Interview With Chad Kassem

    “My goal is to win. That’s why I recut the Steely Dan record, the first one, seven times. I’m going to make sure ours is better.”

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  • Raising the Bar in Value: A Visit to High-End Turntable Manufacturer Stable 33.33

    I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like company Stable 33.3’s founder and head designer Sylvain Pichette. Or, more specifically—met a mind like his. That may seem a strange thing to say, until you speak with him and realize, as I did when I recently visited him at his new Gatineau, Quebec, workshop, how…

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  • Bose Before Noise: The Amar Bose Story

    In the heart of Philadelphia, amid the echoes of American history, Amar Gopal Bose’s journey into the world of sound and acoustics began on November 2, 1929. His childhood was a tapestry woven with threads of intellectual curiosity, inspired by his father, an Indian freedom fighter, and his mother, with her French and German heritage.…

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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 stormed “American Bandstand,” forever changing the landscape of pop music. This debut wasn’t just a performance; it was a revelation. Led by the prodigious Michael Jackson, the group’s entrance onto the national stage was a high-octane spectacle that left audiences spellbound and set the…

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  • From halfway house to vinyl powerhouse: Interview With Chad Kassem, Part 1

    During my visit to Chicago’s Axpona 2023, I had the privilege of interviewing Chad Kassem, owner and founder of Acoustic Sounds, Analogue Productions, Quality Record Pressings, and Blue Heaven Studios. Chad was very generous with his time and spoke candidly about his life, aspirations, and the numerous challenges he faced while building his thriving enterprise.…

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  • How a Vinylphile Found His Groove, Part 2

    “Holy ‘Groove Echo’, Batman!”

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  • De-Kloss-ified: Decoding the Genius of Henry Kloss

    In the sleepy town of Altoona, Pennsylvania, during the twilight of the Roaring Twenties, a future luminary of sound, Henry Kloss, entered the world. Born on February 21, 1929, Kloss was handy with tools from a young age. In his childhood, he was known for his precocious building skills, adding fixtures and even rooms to…

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  • The Hifi Podcast with Darren and Duncan episodes 66-70

    Episode 66 It’s beginning to look a lot like winter (finally), the chestnuts- er, questions are piling up, and the guys thought it would be fun to try to answer them all. In this episode, questions about capacitor burn-in, DIY projects, tube noise, outriggers and more are answered, and the album of the week is…

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  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Rock’s Overlooked Matriarch

    Beginnings in the Delta Cotton Plant, Arkansas, 1915: Nestled amidst a sea of cotton fields, this town, where the Mississippi Delta begins its stretch, bore witness to the birth of Rosetta Nubin. It wasn’t just any place; the Delta was the cradle of American music, a melting pot of African rhythms, field hollers, and church…

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  • Klipsch, Klipsch, Boom! The Explosive Brilliance of Paul W. Klipsch

    The Roaring Twenties was not just a decade of economic prosperity and cultural explosion; it was also an age of technological marvels. And even amidst this transformative era, Klipsch’s feats stood out. The 15-year-old, from the confines of his makeshift workspace, constructed a radio receiver. This was not just any youthful experiment; it was a…

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  • The Last Verse: Reflecting on Tupac Shakur’s Enduring Legacy

    Few names in hip-hop—or indeed, in popular culture at large—command as much reverence and intrigue as Tupac Amaru Shakur. As we mark the 27th year since his passing, it’s crucial to look beyond the legend, anchoring our understanding in the facts of his life and the undeniable goodness he championed. Born in 1971, Tupac’s life…

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