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For those not yet hipped to the essential glories of Can, here’s the ideal introduction: on three LPs or one (huge?) CD, a taste of the mezmerizing, controlled freedom of this band. The music Can made is a genre unto itself, an amalgamation of rock, electronic music, the 1960’s classical avant-garde, poetry, and improvisation. They were entirely of their time, and the music they made stands entirely out of time.

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I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.

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