The music industry doesn't produce director's commentary. Your average musician isn't doing press tours, they're doing three hours of phone interviews. Every album has a narrative, a set of circumstances that led up to its tenor and tone, but much of that is left by the wayside.
Music writing's answer to bridge that divide is the oral history. A way to tribute an important record from years past with a personal candor, the best example might be Pitchfork's oral history of Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights, an album that turned out to be a defining moment for modern indie-rock, but will also never get a segment on 60 Minutes. As it turns out, it's pretty interesting to hear about the moment Paul Banks started singing from the people who were there. So with that in mind, we decided to pick a few albums that we'd love to read oral histories about. There's a good chance none of these will ever happen, for one reason or another, and that only makes us more curious.
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