How the NYC music scene in the 70s changed music forever

In the Bronx, young people were plugging turntables into light posts to invent hiphop. Along the Bowery, art-school kids were distilling rock music down to its essence to create punk. While others were leading the biggest uprising in western classical music since Stravinsky. It all happened over five years, in a space of less than 200 city blocks in New York City. * Click read more below for music playlist and links*



Part Three of The Current

How the NYC music scene in the 70s changed music forever

In the early months of 1973, Lou Reed's Walk on The Wild Side introduced a lot of people to a New York City they had never experienced , a world populated by trans-gendered exiles, gay hustlers, speed junkies and prostitutes ... all of them, people Lou Reed knew well.

At the time, New York City was a dirty, drug-infested, crime-ridden place that was bordering on bankruptcy and threatening to spiral beyond anyone's rescue. But it was also a haven for anyone who aspired to make new, creative, ground-breaking music. In the years after Lou Reed's surprise hit, New York City was home to a creative explosion that transformed popular music in ways no one could have seen coming.

Will Hermes documents those years in his new book, Love Goes To Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever. Will Hermes joined us from -- where else -- New York City.

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Last Word - Love Goes To Buildings on Fire

We ended the program this morning with the song that gave Will Hermes the title for his book, Love Goes To Buildings on Fire by The Talking Heads.


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