Eddie Palmieri in Woodstock, 1973

On November 30, 2011 by Will Hermes

The new issue of Wax Poetics is devoted to NYC salsa’s golden era in the ’70s. The guy on the cover is Eddie Palmieri, and it contains not just one but two great interviews with him.

I write about the 24-minute film below in Love Goes To Buildings On Fire. It’s centered around a concert in Woodstock, New York on August 26, 1973 – just two days after the Fania All-Stars’ beautiful train-wreck of a concert at Yankee Stadium. It shows the difference in approach at the time between salsa’s two greatest acts. The band is pure fire.

The Love Goes To Buildings On Fire panel discussion, a benefit for Housing Works with Fania All-Star Larry Harlow, DJ Kool Herc, Laurie Anderson, Lenny Kaye, Robert Christgau, and myself is tonight at 7P, and it’s free. More info here

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