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Interview with Daniel Horowitz, June 28, 2018

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:14 - Childhood / Growing up in Norway

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Partial Transcript: You wanna talk about where you grew up?

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz talks about his father's job as an anthropologist. Horowitz explains that his father's line of work made relocation common throughout Horowitz's childhood. Horowitz recalls that the moving led him to learn a multitude of languages as a child. Horowitz relates some of his childhood experiences growing up in Norway during the 1960's.

Keywords: Binghamton University; Binghamton, New York; Norway

00:08:35 - Initial musical interest / Forming a band

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Partial Transcript: When did you start to get interested in music...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz describes his early interests in music. Horowitz recalls his first experience with the guitar at a summer camp as a child, and how such interest eventually led him to form a band as a teenager.

Keywords: Johnny Appleseed Campground; Led Zeppelin

00:16:27 - Teenage musical taste / Meeting Mike Mantione

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Partial Transcript: All we talked about was music...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz lists some of the bands he listened to throughout his teenage years. Horowitz describes his first impressions of Mike Mantione as a talented guitar player who was skilled in shredding the guitar.

Keywords: Mike Mantione; Ramones; shredding

00:23:27 - Forming the Reasonable Men

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Partial Transcript: And really, let's face it...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz shares his opinion about some of the albums released by the Rolling Stones. Horowitz shares how his band, The Reasonable Men was formed. Horowitz describes the drumming style of their band's drummer, Mike Palmatier.

Keywords: Billy Girchman; Daniel Schwartz; Mike Mantione; Mike Palmatier; Some Girls (Rolling Stones); The Rolling Stones; Voodoo Lounge (Rolling Stones)

00:30:31 - Performing in Israel

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Partial Transcript: Oh yeah, we tried to move to Brooklyn...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz talks about his experience performing in New York during the 1980's. Horowitz also describes performing in Israel during a University study abroad program. Horowitz relates how, after he returned from Israel, he discovered he was replaced by another guitar player in The Reasonable Men. Horowitz recalls that he then became the bass player for the band.

Keywords: Brooklyn, New York; CBGB (New York); The Reasonable Men; University of Haifa

00:37:44 - Moving to Athens, Georgia

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Partial Transcript: When you hear bass live...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz talks about some of difficulties he encountered while playing bass for his band, The Reasonable Men. Horowitz recalls that the Reasonable Men took a hiatus, after one of the members moved to Athens, Georgia. Horowitz relates how the rest of the band members eventually came to reside in Athens, Georgia and performed under the new band name, Five Eight.

Keywords: 40-Watt Club; Athens, Georgia; Daniel Schwartz; Mike Palmatier; The Reasonable Men; bass

00:43:42 - Changes in the band

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Partial Transcript: But that's all it took, he called you up and said...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz relates how the previous band members of the Reasonable Men came down to live and perform in Athens, Georgia. Horowitz talks about how the drummer was eventually replaced by Patrick "Tigger" Ferguson, and that the band reformed with the name Five Eight. Horowitz emphasizes how Ferguson added to the band's performances, as they experienced a significant rise in popularity during the early 1990's.

Keywords: Five Eight; Hoyte Street Athens, Georgia; Mike Palmatier; The Grit; The Reasonable Men

00:50:29 - Mike Mantione

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Partial Transcript: By the time '91, '92 came around...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz continues his explanation about how his band, Five Eight, maintained their popularity throughout the early 1990's. Horowitz describes the songwriter of the band, Mike Mantione, as an eccentric guitar-playing songwriter who heavily emphasized the message contained within his songs. Horowitz explains the process of releasing cassette records.

Keywords: 40 Watt-Club; Inflatable Sense of Self; Mike Mantione; Passive Aggressive

00:57:54 - 90's music technology

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Partial Transcript: After the cassettes at Five Eights...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz describes some of the different technologies used for band music production during the late 1980's and early 1990's. Horowitz talks about some of his first impressions of a Led Zeppelin recording, and his recollections of early CGI music effects.

Keywords: CDs; David Bowie; Five Eights; Led Zeppelin; Vinyl

01:03:31 - Making singles / Touring

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Partial Transcript: You guys did singles?

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz talks about some of the singles released for Five Eight's albums during the early and mid 1990's. Horowitz describes his love for touring, detailing experience during the peak of the band. Horowitz compares the attitude of Americans towards touring bands to that of Europeans. Horowitz explains the effects of acoustics on band performance.

Keywords: 40-Watt Club; Mike Mantione; Patrick "Tigger" Ferguson; Vic Chesnutt; Weirdo; touring

01:09:56 - Performing at the 40-Watt Club / Vic Chesnutt

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Partial Transcript: And Vic Chestnutt is off in the audience....

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz shares an experience he had while performing at the new location of the 40-Watt Club. Horowitz talks about a few of his interactions with singer songwriter Vic Chesnutt.

Keywords: 40-Watt Club; Mike Mantione; The Grit; Unitarian Church; Vic Chesnutt

01:16:37 - Reflections of Five Eight

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Partial Transcript: Somehow, I freeze up in front of my family...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz explains his hesitancy to perform in his hometown. Horowitz recalls the expectations he had of the Five-Eights band becoming a well-known band. Horowitz reinstates, that despite not reaching fame, the members of the Five-Eights Men were fortunate enough to travel to different countries. Horowitz talks about his experience touring India.

Keywords: Delhi, India; Doha, India; South by Southwest (SXSW)

01:23:43 - The Orange Festival

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Partial Transcript: A friend of mine in Delhi...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz talks about his experience interacting with the cows that heavily populated the Indian cities he visited. Horowitz describes the bustling atmosphere of India and his experience performing at the Orange Festival of India.

Keywords: Delhi, India; Orange Festival India; Tangerine Dream; cows

01:30:59 - Orange Festival (cont.) / Klezmer music

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Partial Transcript: On the roof of this ferry...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz recalls crossing the Brahmaputra River in his attempt to reach the Orange Festival in India. Horowitz explains how his previous experiences with Klezmer bands in Athens, Georgia eventually led to him to start a Klezmer band.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; Brahmaputra River; Klezmer Music; Orange Festival India

01:37:46 - Starting Klezmer Local 42

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Partial Transcript: Someone told me Bub Freeman plays clarinet...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz recalls how he came to start his band, Klezmer Local 42. Horowitz describes the process through which he learned how to play Kezmer-style music on the bass.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; Bud Freeman; Klezmer Local 42

01:45:12 - Comparing klezmer, blues, and jazz

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Partial Transcript: It's just about feel...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz describes the "feeling" nature of klezmer music, and how he applies it to his playing as a bass player in the band, Klezmer 42 Local. Horowitz and the interviewer describe the intricacies of free-jazz, blues, and klezmer music scales. Horowitz explains the rhythmic components of klezmer music.

Keywords: blues; free-jazz; klezmer

01:53:23 - The evolution of klezmer music

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Partial Transcript: And that's just the technical music...

Segment Synopsis: Horowitz describes the way in which Klezmer music mimics sounds such as crying and laughing. Horowitz explains the tradition of Klezmer music, and how it came to fruition from the presence of the large Jewish culture in Europe.

Keywords: Denny Tower; Europe; Klezmer Local 42; Klezmer music