Cultural historian Luc Sante has compiled a 100 song playlist
that's excellent and eclectic, to say the least. I bet that it's going to be the soundtrack to my work week for the next month.
When asked about how this thing came to be, Sante sent this: "That playlist is something I was asked to do by the guy who runs that site (thislongcentury.com
). Of course I was thrilled. I'm always a frustrated DJ. About 75% of it is greatest hits of all my mixtapes going back ten or fifteen years. People seem to be liking it—I was sure I'd be slagged for being insufficiently up-to-the-minute or being rockist or something."
Sante's latest book is a large work, THE OTHER PARIS: The People's City, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
. It's out in about 40 days and I can't wait for the copy I pre-ordered online to arrive. Earlier this year, MT
spoke with Sante; that piece is here