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Re: [F_minor] GG and Technology
Anne is totally correct. It is very appropriate to keep reminding people that there was a Glenn Gould once upon a time and that he was a pathfinder artist of the highest order. I often get met with blank stares when I bring his name up to those who are supposedly culturally literate. So, retread or not, it might help spark the next generation of interest in our favourite artist.
From: Anne French <email@example.com>
To: Brad Lehman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 3:24 pm
Subject: Re: [F_minor] GG and Technology
Dear Brad and all,
Of course this article has nothing new to we who are devotees of GG and have
already read and heard everything (except maybe what you just sent!) But I
think it's important that even this recycled news gets out to the masses who
know nothing about Glenn, have cared nothing about Glenn, and need to get
their curiosity aroused about Glenn. So it serves a purpose. I loved
seeing the article in print, but I didn't clip it for precisely the reasons
On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 11:56 AM, Brad Lehman <email@example.com> wrote:
> From the GG Foundation - read:
> The article doesn't really say anything new, anything that wasn't said 20
> years ago or more. Technology continues to advance; Gould continues to be
> deceased; Gould's recordings continue to be popular. Who would dispute any
> of that?
> Gould's article about his pseudo-scientific experiment (fooling people with
> splice identifications) was published as long ago as 1975.
> Maybe I'm jaundiced by reading the book _It's not news, it's Fark_ : but it
> points out exactly this type of article-recycling. Clip some old piece,
> change about two paragraphs, make it say 45 years since Gould's retirement
> instead of 25 or 35, and voila: instant feature article that isn't news.
> Want a Gould event that is arguably news? Naxos has released a remastered
> version of Gould's 1956 recording of Beethoven 30-32.
> They've also done the 1955 Goldbergs.
> The same performances have been (of course) available in other issues by
> both Sony and Columbia for many years. Naxos is just going through things
> that are now 50 or more years old, and therefore out of copyright control in
> some countries....
> Brad Lehman
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