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Mitch Miller, that crazy oboe player turned record producer. - words first
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wrayb
Mitch Miller, that crazy oboe player turned record producer.
Now the angels are Singing along with Mitch

This guy has long been an enigma to me, part of the puzzle of trying to understand US pop and mainstream entertainment and its relationship to art and culture, high and low.

Responsible for "Come on a my house" and Charlie Parker with Strings and then there are all those sing a long albums.

I just don't know.
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al_zorra From: al_zorra Date: August 10th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Read Elijah Wald's book!

Love, C.
From: wrayb Date: August 10th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll?

I'm guessing you are referring to this book. Some reference you or V made about Wald a few weeks ago put all his books on my reading list, but started out by buying his blues anthology cds.
al_zorra From: al_zorra Date: August 10th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll?

Ay-up, that one, with an extended section on Glenn Miller.

That's a lot of what the book deals with: these figures who were massively popular, but whom the critical gatekeepers do not ever consider. He describes and discusses the Billboard top 10 charts for most of its history. Naturally, of course, the earlier the material, the more interesting it is, because the less we know about it and the cultural-political-economic context surrounding and creating its popularity.

Love, c.
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