Articles by David Hopper

Photographer Eilon Paz on his new guitar pedal book ‘Stompbox’

November 20, 2020 by

Brooklyn-based photographer Eilon Paz spoke with 360°Sound about his two new books on guitar effects pedals, Stompbox: 100 Pedals of the World’s Greatest Guitarists and Vintage & Rarities: 333 Cool, Crazy and Hard to Find Guitar Pedals (both are available now). Paz’s photography work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Observer, […]

Harry Dean Stanton biographer discusses late actor’s music

November 19, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with veteran journalist and Ole Miss professor Joe Atkins, author of the new biography Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel (out now on University Press of Kentucky). The slender, craggy-faced character actor, who died in 2017 at age 91, acted in nearly 200 films and TV series over a 60-year career. Some of […]

Daniel Tashian on Bacharach collaboration, songwriting

November 15, 2020 by

I first heard of singer-songwriter Daniel Tashian when I listened to the excellent EP he did with Burt Bacharach, Blue Umbrella, released in July. As I read more about Tashian, 45, and dug into his catalog, I was struck by the sheer variety of music he creates. For over a decade, he’s been writing hits […]

Q&A with ‘From Elvis in Memphis’ Author

November 12, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with Eric Wolfson, author of the new 33 1/3 book on Elvis Presley’s classic 1969 album From Elvis in Memphis (out Nov. 12 on Bloomsbury Academic). After a 14-year absence, Elvis returned to Memphis to record what many consider his greatest album. The recording sessions took place over about 14 days under […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 1980

November 9, 2020 by

Was 1980 the last year of the ’70s or the first year of the ’80s? We continue our exploration of the greatest one-hit wonders in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. First we looked at the pre-Beatles pop and doo-wop of 1960, then the psych-rock and heavy blues-rock one-hitters from 1970. Fast forward to […]

Witches’ Brew and the Legacy of RCA Living Stereo

November 4, 2020 by

RCA Victor’s Living Stereo classical albums are among the most beloved recordings ever set to tape. Produced from 1958 to 1965, the Living Stereo titles, which cover various genres beyond classical, have been universally praised by audiophiles for their sonics. The name “Living Stereo” comes from the fact that stereo was just an emerging concept […]

Author on 24-Carat Black’s ‘Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth’

October 30, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with writer/editor/journalist Zach Schonfeld about his forthcoming 33 1/3 book on the influential but underappreciated soul-funk concept album Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth by 24-Carat Black. A longtime favorite of crate diggers and soul aficionados, Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth is, as Schonfeld notes in the book, “an album that nobody has heard of but everybody has […]

Top 10 Chocolate Songs

October 28, 2020 by

Happy National Chocolate Day! The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) created this glorious day in which we celebrate all things chocolate. Did you know every year Americans drop $22 billion (!!!) on chocolate? This level of popularity may be why there are multiple chocolate days: International Chocolate Day (July 7), World Chocolate Day (July 11), […]

Author explores history behind Nick Cave’s ‘Murder Ballads’

October 27, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with journalist and essayist Santi Elijah Holley about his new 33 1/3 book on the 1996 album Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Holley’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic and VICE, among many other publications. The ninth studio effort from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Murder Ballads is one of […]

Q&A: singer/songwriter Hayley Sales

October 22, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with singer/songwriter/actor Hayley Sales. When we spoke with Sales last week, she was wrapping up her 8-date virtual tour, which was streamed live from her parents’ blueberry farm in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where she’s been staying during the pandemic. Sales has finished her first record in a decade, Ricochet, which is […]