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She may now be better known for the hundreds of square feet her name has occupied in the tabloids, but for me I’ll always remember Amy Winehouse for her impeccable musical taste and peerless vision in pop music. Of course, that voice – booming, soulful, and with as much swagger as James Brown – is a close second.
Winehouse was merely 22 years old when she released ‘Back to Black,’ but it displayed a wealth of musical understanding that outstripped her young age. It did much more than mine the glorious ‘60s girl group and northern soul eras; it effectively lifted a timeless pop formula into a new decade. But all of this wouldn’t have mattered had Winehouse not had the voice to execute it and the wisdom to recruit the Dap-Kings and their blasts of well-worn soul to provide the musical backbone. She joins Robert Johnson, Kurt Cobain, and Brian Jones on the list of musicians who pass away at age 27. Far, far too young.
Hear ‘Back to Black’ below. Listen to one of her last recordings – a cover of Lesley Gore’s ‘It’s My Party – here.
A brief outline: perhaps John Cage’s most recognized composition is one where not even a single note is played for the duration of four minutes and thirty-three seconds. ‘4’33”’ has become a hallmark of experimental music since it was first premiered by pianist David Tudor in 1952. Tudor sat at the piano, flipping pages of the score on cue, while the sounds of the concert hall began to fill the space vacated by Tudor’s instrument: creaks of the floor, rustles of the audience, and the incessant drone of heating and cooling units.
In a bizarre turn of events, a recording of this score will take place this coming Monday, December 6th, including an odd cast of UK musicians such as Pete Doherty, Billy Bragg, Orbital, and the Big Pink. The reason? A single of this recording will appear the following week in hopes of obtaining the number one song come Christmas, aiming to outstrip the winner of X Factor for the slot. Last year this goal was achieved with Rage Against the Machine’s 1992 song ‘Killing in the Name,’ but it will be a different triumph entirely if they manage this feat with Cage’s famous composition.
Join the Facebook group advocating the event and subsequent single here.