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ISBN: 0374533547
Author: Will Hermes
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (September 4, 2012)
Pages: 384
Category: Music
Subcategory: Art
Rating: 4.1
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Will Hermes grew up in Queens, but Love Goes to Buildings on Fire, his new book on New York's 1970s .

Will Hermes grew up in Queens, but Love Goes to Buildings on Fire, his new book on New York's 1970s music scene, is no nostalgia jag-it's a detailed time-machine trip that zooms in on everyone from the New York Dolls to Steve Reich. Eric Been, The Wall Street Journal. Hermes moves effortlessly back and forth between the various musical genres while interspersing stories of New York at a time when the city was on the verge of financial ruin and moral collapse.

Will Hermes doesn’t ever explain why he called his book Love Goes to Buildings on Fire, but I think that’s what he had in mind. He was still in high school in Queens when all this new music was getting made downtown and in other undergrounds around the city in the 1970s. But he went on to become a warmly responsive rock critic, writing for Rolling Stone and discussing recordings on NPR, and now he has produced a prodigious work of contemporary music history, unearthing material from a wide array of sources - including clippings from The SoHo Weekly News, where I worked in the ’70s - to tell.

From New Year's Day 1973 to New Year's Eve 1977, the book moves panoramically from post-Dylan Greenwich .

From New Year's Day 1973 to New Year's Eve 1977, the book moves panoramically from post-Dylan Greenwich Village, to the arson-scarred South Bronx barrios where salsa and hip-hop were created, to the Lower Manhattan lofts where jazz and classical music were reimagined, to ramshackle clubs like CBGBs and The Gallery, where rock and dance music were hot-wired.

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Read about the early days of Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell and the New York Dolls in Will Hermes’ new chronicle. Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, 1975 (Photograph by Ken Regan, excerpted from Love Goes to Buildings On Fire). Photograph by Ken Regan/Camera 5, excerpted from 'Love Goes to Buildings On Fire.

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. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire" is the first book to tell the full story of the era's music scenes and the phenomenal and surprising ways they intersected. 47 people like this topic.

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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―block by block, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another. Crime was everywhere, the government was broke, and the infrastructure was collapsing. But rent was cheap, and the possibilities for musical exploration were limitless.Love Goes to Buildings on Fire is the first book to tell the full story of the era's music scenes and the phenomenal and surprising ways they intersected. From New Year's Day 1973 to New Year's Eve 1977, the book moves panoramically from post-Dylan Greenwich Village, to the arson-scarred South Bronx barrios where salsa and hip-hop were created, to the lower Manhattan lofts where jazz and classical music were reimagined, to ramshackle clubs like CBGB and the Gallery, where rock and dance music were hot-wired for a new generation.

Comments:

Wire
I bought this at the end (I hope!) of a long infirmity caused by a herniated disc. It's featured in a Nick Hornby book; Hornby suggests it with the warning that the reader might buy a bunch of music as a result. Good advice; good warning.

Hermes' knowledge is encyclopedic, and his ear for detail positively overwhelming. Set lists are laid out. Short movies are described in detail. Addresses and hotel room numbers are recollected. Amp and turntable cartridge numbers are cited. At some points, you think, good gracious, just STOP. But what points? How do I know what I want but someone else doesn't? (I skipped through most of the stuff about the jazz, because I know nothing about it. I ate the punk stuff with a tiny spoon and scraped out the bottom of the battered iron bowl.

I did indeed regularly launch songs and music to hear what I was reading. I listened to Latin music I've never heard before (even if you have) and relistened to punk that I have (RAMONES). The detail in the early days of rap is gorgeous, even if the DJ names blurred after a while.

Omnivorous music fans who, like me, are just old enough to have missed this era and who would be delighted to be led through it by a thoughtful, passionate guide will find it valuable.
SING
This is a messy and sprawling account of the music in scene in New York at the beginning of the seventies. More experiential than a scholarly text, there are times the author doesn't sacrifice detail for clarity, but the effect captures the scene. It's not an expose, so the anecdotes help illuminate the scene and its players. The music we listen to now is a consequence of just a few years in New York and maybe a hundred people. This book helps make that case.
Gir
I bought this book as research for a novel I'm writing. I loved the concept of focusing on this pivotal period in music in New York. And while there are some great nuggets buried in these pages, the fragmented narrative made for an unsatisfying read at times. I longed for an overarching narrative, something to tie this collection of anecdotes together. There really are some lovely gems in here, and I appreciated the exhaustive attempt to document this period in music history. But as another reviewer said, the book lacked both structure and depth.
Bil
As some other reviewers have noted, the book jumps around quite a bit. Initially, I found it really frustrating how quickly the author would jump from subject to subject, as I frequently wanted more depth than was provided. However, as the book developed, I found that the pacing of the book really helped reinforce the author's viewpoint of what these times were like, and all of the interesting acts competing for a young man's attention. And, as the book unfolded, there was a lot of depth provided on many different artists/subjects. I also liked that it was not just about the punk movement, but encompassed a wide range of other musics. All in all, a really great read, and very informative. It's really a shame that the Kindle edition was not full to all sorts of links to the different subjects, but there is a handy list at the end of suggested sources to get deeper into some of the subjects.
krot
I’ve often felt that in the mainstream rock press mainly ignored the advent of Hip Hop and Disco and overstated the importance of Punk Rock. The cultural significance of Hip Hop and Disco often found little appreciation with writers on popular culture. Only in recent years has Rolling Stone magazine begun to take Hip Hop serious for example, a mere 40 years after its conception.

Will Hermes book does a lot to place Hip Hop and Disco in the proper context. Not only does he seem to have a fond appreciation of the genres, he places them against a political and social economical backdrop that does a lot in explaining why the genres would grow as big as they did. Such insights were long overdue in writings about popular culture.

But the book even goes further than that. Will Hermes restores Bruce Springsteen’s place in the early seventies Rock and Punk scene. Because Springsteen became an act of mega proportions it is easy to forget how close he was to acts like the Tuff Darts, the Dictators and the Heartbreakers early in his career when he played the same joints as the Ramones and Patti Smith.

Hermes also analyses parallel developments in classical music, Jazz and Latin-American music. Minimalism seems to have been a common trend across the board as a response to the dire economical times.

Will Hermes often writes form the perspective as a fan, tells about his own experiences seeing some of the now legendary acts when they were just coming up, thus adding a contagious flavour to the book. But he also seems to have gone to great lengths to familiarize himself with the genres that did not necessarily play an important part in the soundtrack of his youth.

The book portraits a full picture of an era without coming of too academic. Though the book comes off as a bit fragmentary at times I applaud the author in how he avoids creating connections where there are none, but leaves the reader to discover the common thread. Will Hermes has managed an enthusiastic but to the point style, which left me curious for music I would not have considered listening to before reading this book. I highly recommend reading Love Goes to Buildings on Fire with a little help from Spotify, mister Hermes and the music will take you on a trip through the Big Apple that by now has (sadly) disappeared.
LiTTLe_NiGGa_in_THE_СribE
Information packed, immensely readable history of a key period in music history - whatever you already know, you'll learn something from Hermes' book. His sense of place is brilliant in depicting park parties powered by hijacked electricity and train taggers - great stuff.
Vudomuro
This book is a beautifully detailed account of a very fertile time and place in art and music: New York City the 1970s. Hermes' insights into punk, disco, rap, salsa, as well as avant garde jazz and classical music are enlightening for any music fan.

Hermes proceeds chronologically giving a good amount of historical context: local and national politics and news. Very much gives the flavor of 'being there'.

Fantastic piece of work.

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