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Valentin Katz
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I write about things I like.
I write about things I like.

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Explorations in Subgenres: Booze Rock
Jazz. Blues. Hip-hop. Names to describe musical genres. Really just labels to better catalog and locate the kind of music that gets our rocks off. It's why the typical answer of, "everything," to the eternal question, "what do you listen to?" is so maddenin...
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Madwoman in the attic: Grateful Dead's "Bertha"
If music is the sound of emotions, then lyrics are its consciousness. I like my lyrics to be clever, catchy, and highly evocative. They don't have to make much sense as long as they capture a feeling or idea. When the lyrics are really good, it is poetry. R...
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That Katz Something I Can't Explain! My Lifelong Love Affair with '60s British Psychedelia
Before I was Deadhead. Before I was a Funketeer. Before — in retrospect, quite incredibly — I'd even discovered the respective genius virtuosities of Dylan or Hendrix. I was a Head;  utterly obsessed with mid to late '60s British psychedelia. The objects of...
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I Remember Finding Out About You; The Unrivaled Heartbreak of Badfinger's "Straight Up"
There are many tragedies in the world of music. Mozart dying young and penniless, buried in a common grave. Billie Holliday ignominiously handcuffed to her deathbed, charged with drug possession. The shockingly overpopulated Forever 27 Club. But few stories...
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I Remember Finding Out About You; The Unrivaled Heartbreak of Badfinger's "Straight Up"
There are many tragedies in the world of music. Mozart dying young and penniless, buried in a common grave. Billie Holliday ignominiously handcuffed to her deathbed, charged with drug possession. The shockingly overpopulated Forever 27 Club. But few stories...
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Months of Garcia #1: January 1978
Months of Garcia #1: January 1978 Welcome to my recurring monthly feature, the cleverly titled "Months of Garcia." In each installment, I'll pick a month of Jerry Garcia's career at random and listen to all the shows, across all his various bands, and write...
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Months of Garcia #1: January 1978
Months of Garcia #1: January 1978 Welcome to my recurring monthly feature, the cleverly titled "Months of Garcia." In each installment, I'll pick a month of Jerry Garcia's career at random and listen to all the shows, across all his various bands, and write...
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Months of Garcia #1: January 1978
Months of Garcia #1: January 1978 Welcome to my recurring monthly feature, the cleverly titled "Months of Garcia." In each installment, I'll pick a month of Jerry Garcia's career at random and listen to all the shows, across all his various bands, and write...
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The Mothership Has Landed; An Appreciation of Parliament-Funkadelic
HALLELUJAH! Parliament-Funkadelic is one of those groups that's earned a legendary reputation but also feels strangely underappreciated. Immeasurably influential and respected, yet not given the same serious consideration as other luminaries in popular musi...
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Grateful Dead's Most Underrated Year: 1981
As I mention in the inaugural post of this site, of all the arguments, debates, comparisons, and ripostes in Deadheadland, the most fundamental of these always comes down to what is the Dead's best year. Of the thirty years to choose from, the most serious ...
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