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About this product Product Information Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield's beautiful and bizarre magnum opus, remains as fine a hybrid of pop and rhythm and blues as has ever been made. In this remarkable book, Warren Zanes explores his own love affair with the record.
He digs deep into the album's Memphis roots and talks to several of the key characters who were involved in its creation; many of whom were - like Zanes - outsiders drawn to the American South and mesmerized by its hold over the imagination. EXCERPTThe love that is the subject of 'Dusty in Memphis' is different from the love of her earlier songs: it is a love that is all at once diffuse, dark, unpredictable, ecstatic, and a terrible deal.
It is a love too big for the lyrical and for that matter musical framework of Dusty's earlier pop productions, no matter the breadth of that work. Like Memphis itself, the love that is the subject of 'Dusty in Memphis' is indeed bursting with the contrary: it happens not simply when you yearn for it, as in some adolescent dream, but when you're not prepared for it; it reveals itself not simply under the star-filled skies where a moon hangs low--in fact, as the first and last tracks on side one attest, it might be at its best when the sun's just arriving at work.
Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. After the Fuegos self-immolated, Warren entered into an academic career and is now Dr. Never mind-he still knows what counts. What counts?
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Genuine feeling, which this shapely small volume is full of Warren is a greatly gifted good heart, and I love him. Read his book, listen to his record, and you will too.
Zane "s approach is apropos for a record that was something of a masquerade 'but was no less authentic or affecting for it. Zane's approach is apropos for a record that was something of a masquerade--but was no less authentic or affecting for it. Show More Show Less. Add to Cart. Any Condition Any Condition. See all 8. No ratings or reviews yet.
Be the first to write a review. Best Selling in Nonfiction See all. Unfreedom of The Press by Mark R. The author, Warren Zanes, puts it best when he says that there is a "vulnerability we hear in her voice, it seems, [that] is not some fluke but the sound that pain makes when it comes out of a certain body.
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This album, however, is anything but a disappointment. The album was re-released in for its 30 year anniversary , and this is when I stumbled upon it. I fell in love with her then, this CD too stuck on repeat for a while. The first time around, I fell in love with her voice, the band, and the production. What I was struck by coming back to it was the songwriting. Each song is solid and soul-packed. The Windmills Of Your Mind is a track that stands out from the others, for its psychedelic leanings. I love all of the musical embellishments that change through each verse especially that Spanish guitar.
Dusty doesn't write a single track--but she embodies each song as if they were fragments of her life. Reading a little about her, you learn that she had a troubled life battling with insecurities and addiction. It seems that vulnerability in her voice is hard-won. Her sensuality, threaded through almost every raspy line, reflects her sexuality. I mean, people say that I'm gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. I'm not anything. I'm just People are people I basically want to be straight I go from men to women; I don't give a shit. The catchphrase is: I can't love a man.
Now, that's my hang-up.
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Talking Book finds Stevie entering his golden age. Dusty In Memphis is a sexy album that shows love in many of its facets: playful, heartbreaking, contradictory, vulnerable, and mischievous. That's a vulnerable and bold statement, especially at that time. Verdict I enjoyed dropping in to see these two old loves, both holding time at bay, as beautiful as the day I last saw them.