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May to June 1974. New York City. Gil Scott-Heron releases the seminal Winter in America, Kool Herc invents hip-hop in a Bronx park, Springsteen gets his big break, an early version of what will become the band Blondie plays CBGB's, Philip Glass completes Music in Twelve Parts, and a young Patti Smith records her first single.
Author and critic Will Hermes uncovers the variety of revolutionary music in New York City, from rock to classical, salsa to hip hop, in his new book Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever. Chuck Klosterman says the book is "an almost perfect portrait of New York music culture: specific yet comprehensive, enthusiastic yet objective, and as informed as it is personal. The four-page section of what (seemingly) every interesting person in NYC was doing on the night of the ‘77 blackout could have been a book unto itself."