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Sep 26, 2014
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David Byrne, Philip Glass, and Allen Ginsberg discuss Arthur Russell

“He kept saying he wanted to write Buddhist bubblegum music.”

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Sep 19, 2014
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Arthur Russell singing and playing the cello, 1985

Here’s a longer, 34-minute film of him playing. Gorgeous.

(Source: youtube.com)

Aug 10, 2013
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Arthur Russell, Another Thought

sashafrerejones:


  Arthur Russell’s “Another Thought” is one of the most important out-of-print American albums. Let’s hope someone can fix that.


From Frere-Jones’ portrait of Russell in the New Yorker:


  Even when the songs were recorded in professional studios, the results sound like home recordings, intimate and foggy with breath.


Filed under: Arthur Russell

Arthur Russell, Another Thought

sashafrerejones:

Arthur Russell’s “Another Thought” is one of the most important out-of-print American albums. Let’s hope someone can fix that.

From Frere-Jones’ portrait of Russell in the New Yorker:

Even when the songs were recorded in professional studios, the results sound like home recordings, intimate and foggy with breath.

Filed under: Arthur Russell

Nov 07, 2012
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Arthur Russell’s rejection slip


  Here’s a rejection note for an Arthur Russell demo tape from a Warner Brothers Records junior A&R guy named David Berson. Berson must have been perplexed by Russell’s demo because he wrote: “Who knows what this guy is up to – you figure it out.”


(via treblekicker > @vivaradio)

Arthur Russell’s rejection slip

Here’s a rejection note for an Arthur Russell demo tape from a Warner Brothers Records junior A&R guy named David Berson. Berson must have been perplexed by Russell’s demo because he wrote: “Who knows what this guy is up to – you figure it out.”

(via treblekicker > @vivaradio)

(via flux-rad)

Oct 06, 2012
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Jan 16, 2012
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Talking Heads '77

Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer” alternate take w/ Arthur Russell on cello (1977)

From Will Hermes’ Love Goes to Buildings on Fire:

Had things played out differently, the fourth position in Talking Heads might have gone to Arthur Russell. He was a fan of the band; he had helped them get their first art-scene gig in March at the Kitchen…Russell’s friendship with Talking Heads got him invited to play cello on a take of “Psycho Killer” during the sessions for Talking Heads ‘77 (the band ultimately went with a different version for the album).

This is that take.

(Source: vastandgrand)

Jun 14, 2010
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Nov 06, 2009
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May 13, 2009
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Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell Trailer

This was such a tender documentary, with great interviews with Russell’s partner and parents. A boy walks out of the cornfields and into the avant-garde—but tries to make pop music. If you’re an Arthur Russell fan, it’s a must-see. If you’re not an Arthur Russell fan, you’re crazy.

Oct 28, 2008
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He kept pieces of paper and score sheets in his shirt pockets—he always liked shirts with two pockets—and no matter where he was he would stop what he was doing and jot down notes or words.
— Emily Russell, the mother of the wonderful late musician, Arthur Russell
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