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Overdue Ovation: John Lindberg

A circle still in progress

John Lindberg (photo by Alan Nahigian)
John Lindberg (photo by Alan Nahigian)

The booklet for Born in an Urban Ruin, the more recently recorded of John Lindberg’s two concurrent, self-produced releases on Clean Feed, includes a photo of the bassist-composer taken in November 2015. He stands in front of a graffitied wall, on a crumbling walkway that overlooks an asphalt space, once a parking lot, now littered with debris. It used to be the entrance of the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, where he was born in 1959.

In the album’s liner notes, Lindberg testifies: “Creative resurrection arises from the ruins, and this album is birthed from a distinctly post-industrial rust belt aesthetic, which is within every note and sound on this record. It’s survival, it’s endurance, it’s the spirit emerging forever triumphant.”

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