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Tag: David Bowie

"The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver"
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Red Simpson/David Bowie Tribute

Shame on Zero to 180 for not celebrating Red Simpson‘s musical legacy as a pioneer of the “Bakersfield Sound” until now – after his spirit has already left this mortal plane. I’m afraid Simpson’s passing might have gotten overlooked in all the media attention given to the unexpected loss of

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"Kalimba Story"
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“Kalimba Story”: Thumb Piano Pop

My first encounter with a kalimba, the African instrument (also known as a “thumb piano” or mbira) was when I read the album credits for Space Oddity in my youth and learned that David Bowie played a kalimba on the title track, Bowie’s first American breakout hit (a.k.a., “Major Tom“). 

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"1967"
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“1967”: Adrian Belew, Confirmed Believer

I’ve always felt there to be something particularly special about the Adrian Belew composition, “1967” — the closing track on 1989’s classic album, Mr. Music Head: In recent years, with my growing awareness around the legend of 1967 as a peak year for pop music, I began to suspect 1967’s

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