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Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

Wednesday, November 30 , 2011 at 7:00pm

Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented—all at once, from one block to the next, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another. Crime was everywhere, the government was broke, and the city’s infrastructure was collapsing. But rent was cheap, and the possibilities for musical exploration were limitless.

Join Will Hermes, DJ Kool Herc, Laurie Anderson, Lenny Kaye (guitarist with Patti Smith Group, author), Larry Harlow (Fania All-Stars), and Robert Christgau (“Dean of American Rock Critics”) in a panel discussion on the mid-1970s music scene in New York City.

Author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire, Will Hermes is a senior critic for Rolling Stone and a longtime contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered.” His work also appears in The New York Times, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. He was co-editor of SPIN: 20 Years of Alternative Music (2005).

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