For The Love Of Music / A Q & A with Laura B. Whitmore, Founder of the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) and the She Rocks Awards

Laura B. Whitmore is a veteran marketer of the musical instrument and audio industries, a producer, a journalist, a singer-songwriter, and the founder of the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN). Founded in 2012, the WiMN is an organization dedicated to helping women who work in all facets of the music business become more connected to […]

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Music Reviews: Dire Straits’ Studio Albums, Plus Uncle Walt’s Band & Harry Dean Stanton

You’ll find essential tracks on each of the six albums in Dire Straits’ recently issued clamshell-boxed set, The Studio Albums 1978–1991, which includes the British rock group’s eponymous 1978 debut plus Communique(1979), Making Movies (1980), Love Over Gold (1982), Brothers in Arms (1985), and On Every Street (1991). The CDs are packaged in mini replicas […]

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Music Reviews: Prince’s ‘Sign O’ the Times’ (Super Deluxe Edition) Plus Richard Hell

A new edition of Sign O’ the Times, Prince’s brilliant and remarkably eclectic 1987 double album, easily earns its “super deluxe” billing with a long list of bonus goodies. Delivered in an LP-sized slipcase, the set includes an excellent remaster of the original album on two discs, plus six additional CDs: one with remastered single […]

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Music & Book Reviews: Exploring Joni Mitchell’s Archives, Plus John Lennon’s Solo Years

A remarkable new box set lets you listen in as Joan Anderson, an obscure folksinger from Western Canada, turns into the internationally beloved artist known as Joni Mitchell. Called Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963–1967), the five-disc collection consists entirely of live performances that (bootlegs aside) have not previously seen the light […]

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Music Reviews: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Letter to You,’ Plus Jimmie Vaughan’s ‘The Pleasure’s All Mine’

On most of the albums in his large catalog, Bruce Springsteen limns fictional characters—everyone from the kids trying to escape their small-town lives in “Thunder Road” to the downtrodden folks in the John Steinbeck–inspired “Ghost of Tom Joad.” Though last year’s Western Stars also seems to have issued mostly from the Boss’s imagination, he has […]

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