Definitive Arthur Russell Biography Published

    The re-discovery of Arthur Russell, the downtown New York dance-music pioneer whose recordings run the gamut from disco to folk — and who died tragically of AIDS-related complications in 1992 — is one of the more encouraging resurrections of the decade. Saved from obscurity by a series of excellent reissues (including World of Echo) and the 2008 documentary Wild Combination, Russell is now routinely cited for his innovative production, experimental abandon, and inimitable voice. The icing on the cake to all this activity is a definitive 450-page survey of Russell’s life and work entitled Hold On To Your Dreams, recently published by Duke University Press and penned by Tim Lawrence, whose previous book Love Saves The Day focused on the broader history of the entire disco era. For those already converted to Russell’s sound, Hold On To Your Dreams is a no-brainer. Don’t take my word for it, though, just ask Jens Lekman: “Inspiring and written with love, this book takes us to the roots of Arthur Russell’s music, from the streets of New York to the cornfields of Iowa.” [via The Daily Swarm]