Listening To And Reading NYC’s Underground Music Scene Of The 1970s
Will Hermes, author of a history of the city's punk rock, hip-hop, disco, salsa, and loft jazz culture, blends music and story together via Soundcloud.
Will Hermes has resurrected the underground music scene and culture of the 1970s in his new book, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire. The senior critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and contributor to NPR‘s ‘All Things Considered‘ has approached the release in an innovative way: uploading Soundcloud clips to stimulate curiosity by blending music from the era and highlights from the book.
Hermes credits Gil Scott Heron with being one of the first rappers, a musician who brought spoken poetry into loft jazz. Music picks up where curiosity leaves off, and the history of the movement fades away as the listener is drawn in by the sounds of 1974, with Heron speaking over a jazzy, soulful melody, ‘Time is right up on us now brother / Don’t make no sense for us to be arguing now / All of your children and all of my children are gonna have pay for our mistakes someday,’ before his voice delves into song.