‘The Number Ones’ Author Tom Breihan on the Book Version of His Chart Column and Why There‘s ’More I

For the majority of his now-decades-long career in music journalism, Stereogum writer Tom Breihan didn’t consider himself a historian — certainly not like his father, an actual history professor.

“When he retired, his colleagues threw this big party, and one of them made this speech, clowning him for stopping at the side of the road and reading every historical marker… and I was like, ‘Oh, every history professor doesn’t do this?’” he recalls. “He was that big of a history nerd… I was never interested in it at all. I hated it. And when I started writing about music, it was always [about] what’s happening right now, this moment.”

And yet, when Breihan releases his first book (on Nov. 15), it will be that kind of historical compendium. The Number Ones, based on his popular Stereogum column of the same name, dives into songs that have hit No. 1

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Gainesville’s native son celebrated with a weekend of music

On this weekend of the late Tom Petty’s 72nd birthday, Heartwood Soundstage of Gainesville hosted and organized Tom Petty Weekend, a celebration of the late rock star’s greatest hits and stories.

The celebration started Oct. 20, Petty’s birthday, and ended Oct. 22. On Thursday night, the weekend kicked off with a few musical guests, giving attendees a taste of what was to come. On Friday, storytellers from around the country shared their personal stories about Petty indoors to VIP guests, while more music was being performed outside.

On the last day, the event lasted way into the night with a near nine-hour concert filled with Petty’s greatest hits as well as some of the performer’s own.

“All of the different bands that are coming out are really good,” said David Schack, 53, a resident of Boca Raton, Florida. “They all have their own take on the Petty songs.”

Petty, a

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Netflix Music Supervisors Seek Unionization Vote

Music supervisors at Netflix, who are seeking representation by IATSE, on Monday filed papers seeking a union-certification election with the National Labor Relations Board.  

IATSE, a labor union, represents over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

The move comes after an overwhelming majority of music supervisors currently or recently employed by Netflix requested voluntary recognition of their union from the company. The company declined the request. Earlier this year, Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) denied music supervisors’ request ask to grant equal rights, including such staples as overtime pay and other basic labor protections and benefits.

However, representatives argue that music supervisors are an indispensable part of visual media, responsible for soundtracking movies, television series, video games and all manner of content. As their duties have

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Music Production 101: 15 Ideas to help you finish a project

Stuck on a project? You know it needs something but you’re not sure what? Well, here are 15 different strategies to get you out of this rut and turn ideas into masterpieces…


Music production is a challenging process.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an emerging creator, you’re bound to encounter some roadblocks along the way.

The good news is that it’s normal—even if it’s no fun while it’s happening.

If you find yourself stuck or unable to move forward, you’re probably looking for some quick advice to get you back on track.

That’s why in this article I’m giving my top 15 general tips to help you get the most out of your workflow.

Let the music production tips begin!

1. Learn your DAW

It might seem simple, but it’s worth it to spend some time getting comfortable with your DAW.

Once you know its basic functions

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Churchill, Nixon: more details on R3’s eight-hour continuous broadcast

More details have been announced about the special eight-hour, non-stop broadcast of archive speech that will form part of Radio 3’s BBC100 celebrations.

On Sunday 30 Oct0ber, the station is marking the BBC’s centenary (100 years since the first BBC Radio broadcast in November 1922) with an eight-hour broadcast of material from key moments in history from the 1920s to the current times.

The speech excerpts will include Winston Churchill addressing the nation, the 1926 General Strike, and US President Richard Nixon’s famous speech when the Watergate affair broke. The eight-hour broadcast will also be soundtracked with music from the era, by composers including Benjamin Britten and Delia Derbyshire (pictured top).

Benjamin Britten will be among the composers who feature in Soundscape of a Century

Benjamin Britten will be among the composers who feature in Soundscape of a Century

The programme, entitled Soundscape of a Century, will be broadcast from 11am to 7pm. It will also be available to listen to in

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Honens International Piano Competition: 2022 finalists named

Canada’s prestigious Honens International Piano Competition has announced the three pianists who have been selected for its 2022 final.

Following five intense days of semi-finals, pianists Rachel Breen (age 26, from the United States), Sasha Kasman Laude (27, also US) and Illia Ovcharenko (21, Ukraine) will now compete for the title of 2022 Honens Prize Laureate. The prize package, featuring $100,000 Canadian dollars (CAD) in prize money plus an artist development programme valued at $500,000 CAD, is among the largest for a competition of this type.

The three finalists were selected by the competition jury, which features some world-renowned pianists. These include Michel Béroff (our choice for a best Prokofiev piano concertos set), Stewart Goodyear and recent BBC Music Magazine interviewee Imogen Cooper. Other jury members includeEarl Blackburn, Katherine Chi, Ick-Choo Moon and Orli Shaham.

The final rounds of the 2022 competition take place on Thursday, October 27

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Academia and rock ’n’ roll live in harmony for this Carolina professor

It’s late September, and Florence Dore is taking an afternoon break (and drinking lots of water) before her show in Athens, Georgia. She is a little over halfway through a tour with her band, clocking 4,000 miles so far on the family’s Toyota Sienna minivan.

Dore has a new album out, Highways and Rocketships, but this is not your typical music tour. The Nashville-born singer-songwriter is also a professor in UNC-Chapel Hill’s department of English and comparative literature, and her latest book, The Ink in the Grooves: Conversations on Literature and Rock ’n’ Roll, is hot off the press, too.

Dore opens the book (published by Cornell University Press) with the words: “Drop the record needle. Drop it on any piece of vinyl in your collection, then go crack open that novel you’ve been meaning to read. Can you feel the reverberations? Do the lines in the song merge with

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