Tuesday, July 19, 2005

As Hip As Your Grandparents’ Record Collection

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The next big musical trend may be right in your grandparents’ record collection.

At least that’s the hope of college English professor Josh Kun, who is one of the creators of Reboot Stereophonic, a new record label focusing on reissuing old vinyl albums that once belonged to their grandparents – and finding the original artists for new releases.

For instance, the first release is Bagels And Bongos, a 1959 album by a group called The Irving Fields Trio, and while Kun was getting the rights to reiussue it, he discovered Fields was alive and well in his eighties and playing six nights a week.

Other records set for release include a CD of latin-themed versions of Fiddler On The Roof, and an album of Jewish songs adapted for the moog synthesizer by Gershon Kingsley, best known for his 1972 instrumental hit, “Popcorn.”

But while the new record company was inspired by his grandpa’s collection, the old timer is perplexed by his grandson’s obsession with his old music – and so are the musicians whom he is introducing to a brand new generation.

As he puts it, “They all have this reaction: ‘Why does this music matter?’”

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