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100 Years Of New York Music

  1. testimonies
    Moby on Klaus Nomi, the ’80s Club Scene, and ’90s Rave Drugs“By 1993, a 19-year-old kid would go to a rave or a club, and take Special K and acid and crystal meth and ecstasy, all in the course of one night.”
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    Ezra Koenig on His Early Influences and NY Shows“I never would have guessed that nine years later, I would almost daily have kids on Twitter making Oxford comma jokes.”
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    Thurston Moore on What Drew Him to New York, Art-Rock, and Forming Sonic Youth“The reality of it was the city was destitute, and it became this kind of postapocalyptic landscape for artists, and there’s something very enchanting in that.”
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    Rick Rubin on Russell Simmons, Licensed to Ill“He couldn’t believe I was white. There were no white people involved in hip-hop at this time at all.”
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    How Grandmaster Flash’s ‘Torque Theory’ Drove Hip-Hop“Everything should be controlled via the vinyl, the fingertips.”
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    Nile Rodgers on Writing ‘Le Freak,’ Grace Jones, and the Disco Backlash“This is the biggest song by a band nobody knows about a dance that nobody knows how to do.”
  7. See Vulture’s Illustrated Map of New York Hip-HopOn these streets, rhyme met rhythm.
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    50 Cent on the ’90s Hip-Hop Scene“Following Tupac and Biggie, it was almost taboo for you to mention an artist’s name on a record.”
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    David Johansen on Loft Parties and Downtown Art“The high heels were easy. There was a shoemaker on Second Avenue who used to take the heel off for us and put in a steel shank, and then put it back on so it was kind of indestructible. “
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    The Brooklyn Bandscape: A Recent History of the Borough’s Music SceneFrom Afropunk to Electroclash to Zebulon, an abridged tour of its millennial moment.
  11. testimonies
    Suzanne Vega on Coming of Age in the New York Music Scene“I grew up in New York City, I have a small room, I barely have that to myself, I’m going to play the acoustic guitar, and that ended up being the thing that shaped my style more than anything.”
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    Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth on the ’70s, CBGB“There were a lot of really highly perceptive people in the scene, at CBGB, but there were also some real douche-nozzles.”
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    Mike Stoller on the Musical Universe of the Brill BuildingAlmost every floor was inhabited by music publishers, songwriters, band leaders, talent agents.
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    Burt Bacharach Remembers Writing Songs at the Brill BuildingIt’s where “The Way to San Jose” started.
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    Listen to Jody Rosen’s New York Pop PlaylistSongs about New York, and about archetypal New York folkways and experiences.
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    Dion DiMucci of the Belmonts on the Doo-Wop ABCs“We were gonna call ourselves Dion and the Crotonas, but Belmont had a nice ring.”
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    Portfolio: 26 Musicians Who Shaped New York CityFrom Ronnie Spector to Thurston Moore to Nas.
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    The Town That Put the Pop in Music: A Look Back at 100 Years of New York SoundsFrom Tin Pan Alley to Hollis, Queens, the Brill Building to Bushwick, Electric Lady Studios to Lady Gaga.