Wax Poetics Featured Article

Wax Poetics

Featured Article: Bill Withers – From the Soul

Issue 16, Apr/May 2006

Bill Withers was a soft-spoken musical maestro who quietly took over the music industry in 1971 with his unassuming B-side, “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Brazil’s “Black Rio” scene wasn’t so unassuming; young Black Brazilians saw their reflections in American funk music and soon Rio DJs spurred a homegrown Brazilian soul and social movement.

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“I don’t know if I have touched a guitar in the last year. I’m more likely to pick up a hammer or some power tool than I would a music instrument. About five or six years ago, I built a studio in my house, but I haven’t gotten around to just being in there.”