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Album Review

It's no surprise that this record is not only excellent, but as challenging musically as anything a listener may have encountered during the 1990s — it's the work of the principal creative force behind the Fugs, and Ed Sanders was in fine form when he cut American Bard following a European tour by a re-formed version of the band. Sanders manages to mix references to Gertrude Stein, Matisse, Brecht, and Shakespeare in a format that allows him room to rap, as well as leaving space for a violin solo by the concertmaster of the Copenhagen Philharmonic. The commentary is direct and piercing, as well as piercingly funny, and it manages to be just as relevant a decade after it was recorded. Not to be missed by old fans or potential new ones who don't mind music that makes them think — hard.


Born: August 17, 1939 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

Ed Sanders was (and remains) the most important member of the Fugs. He co-founded the band with Tuli Kupferberg in 1964, wrote and sang lead on many of the group's best songs, and was more responsible for their musical arrangements, harmonies, and overall direction than anyone else, sometimes producing their albums as well. He was the author or co-author of standout Fugs songs such as "Frenzy," "I Want to Know," "Coca Cola Douche," "Turn On/Tune In/Drop Out," and "Crystal Liaison." After the Fugs...
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