Music: Outdoor Season

Across the U.S. last week, music lovers were pulling themselves away from their after-supper TV and their hi-fi sets. Into private cars and public buses they loaded blankets, cushions and bottles of anti-bug lotions, and rode off to the local stadiums and amphitheaters. At about twilight, they plumped by the thousands on damp grass, slatted benches or cold concrete, and spent the evening straining to catch the sounds of distant fiddling, blowing or singing. In short, the U.S. outdoor music season was under way.

As usual, some of the early-starters caught the worst of...

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