There Goes Gravity

I reviewed a memoir by the music journalist Lisa Robinson. She’s had more experience in pop than almost anybody, but spends a lot of time rehashing the same old rock history that has been dissected countless times.

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Super Rhythm(er)

I wrote about a new book, Beat Box, for the Atlantic. It’s about one man’s collection of 150(!!) drum machines. Read the piece here.

Drum machines are often named terribly–wrap your mouth around “Super Rhythmer.” But the use of drum machines is one of the most important story lines in the last 40 years of pop. A lot of mega hits were made with drum machines. Here’s Roxy Music’s “Dance Away,” a smash in 1979. According to the book, the drum machine was set on “cha-cha” for this track.

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