So Good They Named it Twice: Back to New York City
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Love is the Message is back for a new series! Early this year we travelled the world in search of Afro-Psychedelic sounds, but in now we're bringing it back to New York City. Tim and Jeremy will be exploring the melting pot city around the year 1975: at the pinnacle of the musical and art worlds, yet teetering on fiscal collapse and almost bankrupt, transforming from industrial to post-industrial and at loggerheads with the rest of the American population.

In the opening episode of the series, Jeremy and Tim set the scene on the political and economic backdrop of the age. As the Fordist settlement begins to collapse, we hear about the creeping neoliberalisation of the city. We explore the austerity aesthetics of the proto-punk scene emerging from bands like the Ramones and the Modern Lovers, and think about how Patti Smith bridges this new sound to the rock songwriters of the late '60s. Plus a Loft classic and the return of Adam Curtis.

Produced and edited by Matt Huxley.  

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Patti Smith - Free Money
Miroslav Vitous - New York City
Jonathan Richmond and the Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
New York Dolls - Looking For A Kiss
The Ramones - Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

Jeremy Gilbert and Alex Williams - Hegemony Now
David Harvey - A Brief History of Neoliberalism

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