Loose Joints – Is it all over my face!!!


Over the past few years, Arthur Russell’s following has grown via a slate of reissues and the release of Wild Combination, a documentary about the mercurial composer, musician and producer. The full extent of his talent, however, has only become clear following the publication of Tim Lawrence’s Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92. The book is now available in the United States and the UK.

The author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79, Lawrence takes a comprehensive look at Russell’s life and work, highlighting his multi-faceted approach to making music. The following piece, which combines sections of the book, details the making of the iconic dance track “Is It All Over My Face?”

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