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The Bottomless Pit on 10/12

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Be sure and tune in this Saturday night at 10pm on WFUV for the first of a 2-Part Bottomless Pit salute to a towering figure in late 20th Century Popular Music, record producer Tom Wilson.  Musicologist Irwin Chusid launched a website in September (www.producertomwilson.com) highlighting Tom Wilson’s remarkable life and career, and also highlighting the fact that he’s not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There’s never been a good book, or any book written about him, nor documentary. You could easily imagine a great installment of “American Masters” about him, and there oughta be one! He was the first African-American president of the Young Republican Club at Harvard University back in the early 1950s;  His post-college record label, Transition Records, released the first albums by Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, and Donald Byrd, and some of the first recordings by John Coltrane;  He signed the Velvet Underground to Verve Records and produced their first two albums;  He produced “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan. Oddly, he might be forgotten today if not for the fact that his name is on some of the most essential record albums of all time. Irwin launched his Tom Wilson website in the hope that it might spur someone to finally capture and tell his life story, which is certainly an essential American story.

 

http://www.wfuv.org/programs/bottomless-pit

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