Episode #1313

Herb Alpert & Dirty Art

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Herb Alpert Herb Alpert (Maryanne Bilham)

Kurt Andersen talks with the legendary trumpeter and bandleader Herb Alpert, whose Tijuana Brass gave the 1960s its swing. The novelist Lionel Shriver writes a comedy with terrorism in the background in her new book The New Republic. A Burmese punk band holds it breath for democracy. And we visit an exhibition of art made of dirt and dust bunnies.

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Danny from Abu Dhabi

I Love Herb Alpert's last comment "I'm not crazy when an artist takes [another artist's] material and uses it, that means they can't think for themselves." I wonder if that includes himself, since he basically created the Tijuana Brass sound by aping the material from the artists in Mexico, no?

Apr. 09 2012 07:27 AM

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