This story explores the origins of music categories, explaining how sound recordings’ technological transformation and other events heavily influenced popular music genres. We all like different kinds of music and love to discuss how Brian Eno coined Ambient or how Riot grrrl was the name of a 1991 fanzine. But when did music start to get categorized, and what was the purpose?
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The history of popular music categories is long and complicated. The desire to categorize seems to originate with the technological transformations of sound recordings and music distribution. But…
This article explores filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s origins and how he met John Lurie and Tom Waits, whom he cast for his 1986 movie, Down By Law.
In recent film history, Jim Jarmusch stands as a charming eccentric character whose independent presence has inspired many cinema viewers. With twelve feature films, two documentaries (Gimme Danger, The Stooges documentary, and Year of the Horse, which follows the 1996 tour of Neil Young), and a handful of shorts and music videos since 1979, he is one of the most influential filmmakers to emerge from the United States.
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