So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.
In April 2018, John Prine released his first album of new, original compositions in 13 years, The Tree of Forgiveness. It is an elegant, insightful album that revels in the bountiful simplicity of daily life, the grandeur of the ordinary, and gratitude for surviving some pretty dark times.
John Prine (photo by Danny Clinch from johnprine.com)
As Paul Simon wraps up his 2018 "Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour" with his three last live concerts ever at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 20 and 21 and Flushing Meadows Corona Park on September 22, and releases a new album too, FUV salutes this hometown Essentials songwriting hero again.
Paul Simon (photo courtesy of FUV host archives)
For the last four Thursdays of the summer of 2018, it's #FUVTBT Throwback Thursdays. WFUV is rewinding decades, back to 1998, 1988, 1978, and 1968 — dipping back for day-long flashbacks with songs of that particular year and personal perspectives from FUV's DJs. For 1978, FUV's Paul Cavalconte, host of "Cavalcade," goes back forty years to a high school summer when Debbie Harry, Donna Summer, and the Ramones were on the radio and made New Yorkers dance, rock, and rave.
1978 (collage compiled by Laura Fedele, WFUV)
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From the ornate grandeur of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to one of the most stirring protest songs ever written, "Ohio," it's hard to imagine a soundtrack of the late Sixties and early Seventies without the songs of David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. For galvanizing a generation to rise, protest and hope for a better world, CSNY and CSN are FUV Essentials.
Neil Young (left), David Crosby (second left), Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash (right), pose for a photograph before the premiere of their film "CSNY Deja Vu" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)