Joanna McNaney Stein shares one of her favorite Christmas albums: the soundtrack to Jim Henson’s, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, a musical about loving music.
András Rónai, the co-author of the Bea Palya’s I’ll Be Your Plaything 33 1/3 book, takes a deep dive into a traditional folk Christmas album: 9 Colinda by Makám and Irén Lovász. In particular, he looks at how the personal experiences of bandleader and composer, Zoltán Krulik, helped develop this multicultural album.
’70s Teen Pop author, Lucretia Tye Jasmine, tells us about her favorite Christmas performance: the first GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously) concert on December 5, 1968. Here she tells us the GTO story and how they came to personify the intersection of Second Wave feminism and music.
What’s your favorite song to listen to during the festive season? Ben Apatoff, the author behind Body Count’s Body Count, tells us about his favorite and why Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” continues to be a festive classic. So settle in folks, It’s Christmastime in Hollis, Queens…
Steve Tupai Francis, the author behind the Kraftwerk’s Computer World 33 1/3, kicks off our series of festive posts with a deep dive into one of his favourite alternative Christmas albums: A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. Take it away, Steve!