How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of “Hallelujah” straight to the heart of popular culture in his book, “The Holy or the Broken.” Mark Perzel talked with Alan Light about “Hallelujah,” and its unlikely ascent.
The Allman Brothers Band celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and Senior Writer for Guitar World Alan Paul has a new book out about the band, its members and the music they have been making for more than four decades. Alan Paul talks about his book, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.
As we salute the accomplishments and vision of Dr. King this weekend, there was, of course, another side of the man. A unique aspect of his, and 3 other influential men of the 1960’s, is the music they loved, that inspired them, or that entertained them. In his book, Popology: The Music of the Era in the Lives of Four Icons of the 1960s, author Timothy English takes a unique look at Dr. King, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Thomas Merton through the music in their lives. The author joins Lee Hay by phone to share what their taste in music said about them.