In Honor of MLK Day…
In honor of the memory, legacy and goals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, I’d like to take this MLK Day opportunity to shine a light on a pair of releases that I reviewed a few years ago. (Almost) sharing a title, one of these is a CD collection and the other is a DVD documentary.
Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement is a nicely-packaged 3CD set. A related (but separately-purchased) DVD is titled Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement. Both are highly recommended. Not just on MLK Day, and not just for fans of a particular style of music or those interested in contemporary American history.
The links above will take you to detailed reviews of each.
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With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.