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Top 5 | Music with Emily Burnham

Updated: Feb 20

Emily Stoddard Burnham is a lifelong writer, Waldo County native, and proud resident of Bangor, who since 2008 has served as an arts and culture journalist for the Bangor Daily News. Throughout her career, she has told stories about Maine in both the past and the present, highlighting everything and everyone from rock bands, chefs and artists to cultural idiosyncrasies and little-known moments in Maine history. She lives in a very old house in Bangor with her husband, Zach, and dog and cat.

Since her new book Downtown, Up River is all about the 1970s, we asked Emily what her favorite songs from the era in no particular order.


David Bowie -- "Moonage Daydream"

Donna Summer -- "I Feel Love"

The Clash -- "Rudie Can't Fail"

Led Zeppelin -- "In the Light"

Stevie Wonder -- "As"

Bonus 5:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse -- "Down by the River"

Fela Kuti and Africa '70 -- "Water No Get Enemy"

Patti Smith -- "Gloria"

The Damned -- "Love Song"

Sparks -- "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both Of Us"


Caught at a tipping point between the city it was and the city it could be, in the 1970s Bangor, Maine was undergoing rapid change, both physical and social. As the urban renewal program and the opening of the Bangor Mall began to decimate the city's downtown, Bangor's people— hard-working, plainspoken and good-humored—tried to bridge that gap between progressive and traditional, modern and historic, urban and rural. Through more than 140 images captured by photographers from the Bangor Daily News and elsewhere in the community, Downtown, Up River: Bangor in the 1970s paints a picture of a city caught in the middle. In photos of people, places and notable events, these images capture life in the tumultuous 70s in Bangor, as post-WWII sensibilities coexisted alongside a nascent counterculture, and the memories of Bangor's days as the lumber capital of the world tried to hang on amid controversial attempts to modernize the city.

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