Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92.
“Hold On to Your Dreams” is the first biography of the musician and composer Arthur Russell, one of the most important but least known contributors to the downtown New York music scene during the 1970s and 1980s. With the exception of a few dance recordings, including “Is It All Over My Face?” and “Go Bang! #5,” Russell’s pioneering music was largely forgotten until the release of two albums in 2004 triggered a revival of interest, which gained momentum with the issue of additional albums and the documentary film Wild Combination. Based on interviews with more than seventy of his collaborators, family members and friends, “Hold On to Your Dreams” provides vital new information about this singular, eccentric musician and his role in the boundary-breaking downtown music scene.