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Anthony Nownes

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About Anthony Nownes


Knoxville has a plethora of thrift stores. Every week or so I visit one or more of these stores in search of treasure amongst the flotsam and jetsam. I spend most of my time sifting through racks and boxes of dusty vinyl LPs. When I find something obscure or interesting or just plain weird from the LP era, I will tell you about here in an occasional column.

Position History

  • Columnist
    07/06/2011 - current

Recent Work

  • The Mamas and the Papas: 'Farewell to the First Golden Era' Published 07/16/2014 at 10:52 a.m.

    Few people better illustrate the precarious position of women in the male-dominated world of popular music than Cass Elliot.

  • Stevie Wonder: 'Songs in the Key of Life' (1976) Published 05/07/2014 at 11:20 a.m.

    Music fans were subjected to a number of indignities during the 1970s. The Beatles and the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones, all chart-toppers in the 1960s, were replaced by the likes of Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, the Captain ...

  • The Buggles: 'The Age of Plastic' (1980) Published 02/05/2014 at 12:36 p.m.

    Few one-hit wonders are as pathetic as VH1 led us to believe. Many, in fact, lead musically impressive post-hit lives while avoiding death and/or illegal activity and succeeding despite millions of prying eyes seemingly waiting to view an inevitable train ...

  • Automatic Man: 'Automatic Man' (1976) Published 10/09/2013 at 10:25 a.m.

    The career of guitarist Pat Thrall illustrates, among other things, that the music business is foremost a business.

  • Sly and the Family Stone's 'Greatest Hits' (1970) Updated 07/19/2013 at 4:02 p.m. 2 Comments

    Sly and the Family Stone are not generally mentioned with the giants of American rock ’n’ roll, but they should be. They presaged so many things that their history alone, quite apart from their music, is worth attending to.

  • Vanilla Fudge: 'Vanilla Fudge' (1967) Published 03/20/2013 at 10 a.m. 1 Comment

    So how does this idea sound: Let’s take bona fide pop-rock classics such as “Ticket to Ride,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and “She’s Not There,” and play them at half-speed. This will make the songs longer, weirder, and more ...

  • Cheap Trick: 'Heaven Tonight' (1978) Published 01/16/2013 at 11:02 a.m.

    Cheap Trick is one of America’s greatest bands. They are criminally underappreciated. As proof, consider that Cheap Trick can’t sniff the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, even though it has inducted the likes of Donovan, Jackson Browne, and the ...

  • The Zombies: 'Odessey and Oracle' (1968) Published 11/20/2012 at 10:07 a.m.

    Odessey and Oracle (the lads couldn’t spell) is one of my best ever thrift-store finds. In summary, it is a blockbuster.

  • Ambrosia: 'Life Beyond L.A.' (1978) Published 09/19/2012 at 10:56 a.m. 1 Comment

    I’ve written previously about my affection for soft rock. To date, I have exactly zero converts to my basic view of soft rock, which is nothing more complicated than that it sometimes is enjoyable to listen to.

  • American Flyer: 'Spirit of a Woman' (1977) Published 08/01/2012 at 12:14 p.m.

    Music trivia is like a great Pacific Ocean garbage island in my brain—it takes up a lot of space, has a half-life of 5,000 years, and will never allow anything else to sprout up in its place. Yet sometimes the ...