Hold On To Your Dreams by Tim Lawrence, published in paperback by Duke University Press

Tim Lawrence - Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene 1973-1992

DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Hold On to Your Dreams is the first biography of the musician and composer Arthur Russell, one of the most important but least known contributors to New York's downtown music scene during the 1970s and 1980s. With the exception of a few dance recordings, including 'Is It All Over My Face?' and 'Go Bang! #5', Russell's pioneering music was largely forgotten until 2004, when the posthumous release of two albums, Calling Out Of Context and World Of Echo, brought new attention to the artist. This revival of interest gained momentum with the issue of additional albums and the documentary film Wild Combination.

Based on interviews with more than seventy of his collaborators, family members, and friends, Hold On to Your Dreams provides vital new information about this singular, eccentric musician and his role in the boundary-breaking downtown music scene. Tim Lawrence traces Russell's odyssey from his hometown of Oskaloosa, Iowa, to countercultural San Francisco, and eventually to New York, where he lived from 1973 until his death from AIDS-related complications in 1992. Resisting definition while dreaming of commercial success, Russell wrote and performed new wave and disco as well as quirky rock, twisted folk, voice-cello dub, and hip-hop-inflected pop.

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