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Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese Passes Away at 70

Edgar Froese, the force behind the band Tangerine Dream, passed away at age 70 on January 20th. The band, which was formed in 1970, was influential. Here is its website and part of the obituary at Rolling Stone:

Despite a revolving door lineup that was constantly in flux, Froese remained the group’s backbone and the lone member to perform with Tangerine Dream since their incarnation. Over the course of Tangerine Dream’s nearly half-century lifetime, the band cultivated a cult fanbase thanks to a steady stream of studio albums and live recordings โ€“ which, all totaled, was more than 100 releases โ€“ as well as Froese’s own solo output. In later years, when the band added Froese’s son Jerome to their roster, Tangerine Dream’s style shifted yet again, aligning itself with a more ambient, new age sound, but the band’s lasting impact on electronic music never diminished.

There is plenty of Tangerine Dream music at YouTube. Most of the videos are very long. Above is “Stratosfear” performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010.

Homepage photo: Ralf Roletschek

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Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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