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Highly Recommended New History of Pop Music

by JM on 08/21/15

Author Bob Stanley

Bob Stanley's new book, "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce," like the song it takes its title from, is an exuberant celebration of the silly and the sublime. Stanley, a British music journalist and co-founder of the pop group Saint Etienne, loves pop and has a deep, knowing respect for it. His book is comprehensive - some 600 pages - yet nimble. He is pro-joy and anti-snobbery, his writing delights and surprises, and his description of the music makes you want to dance to it.

Props for Ringo from Other Famous Drummers

by JM on 07/14/15

Not many mention Ringo Starr as one of the all-time great drummers. Certainly he wasn't showy like Keith Moon or John Bonham, but maybe fits in better with the style of Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. Click here to see what fellow drummers have to say about Ringo!

20 Rock Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s That You Never Heard

by JM on 06/22/15

Interesting article - I have three of these albums and vaguely recall two others, but I will have to explore the rest. I remember Fanny and still have one of their albums. 

David Bowie, speaking to Rolling Stone about Fanny in 1999 said, "They were one of the finest f***ing rock bands of their time, in about 1973. They were extraordinary: they wrote everything, they played like motherf***ers, they were just colossal and wonderful, and nobody's ever mentioned them. They're as important as anybody else who's ever been, ever; it just wasn't their time." Read more...


Julien Temple to direct Kinks biopic You Really Got Me

by JM on 05/19/15

The full story of the legendary British rock group The Kinks is to be told on the big screen for the first time by Julien Temple, the director of infamous Sex Pistols mockumentary The Great Rock and Roll Swindle. (read more)

Bill Graham Exhibit in Los Angeles - Now through Oct. 11, 2015

by JM on 05/09/15

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931-1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the 1960s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. (more)

Richard Goldstein Memoir: Another Little Piece Of My Heart - My Life of Rock and Revolution in the 60's

by JM on 04/27/15

Rock Critic Richard Goldstein

Richard Goldstein was one of the first rock music critics to emerge in the 1960's. Writing for the Village Voice from 1966 to 1968 allowed him to meet most of the major rock stars of the time. 

"A deeply felt and largely compelling portrait of an age that indelibly marked everyone who took part in it. Indispensable for understanding the culture of the '60s and the music that was at its heart." -Kirkus Reviews

Rock Stars At Home With Their Parents - Life Magazine 1971

by JM on 04/17/15

Frank Zappa with his parents

Great photos from a Life Magazine profile of rock stars posing at home with their parents in 1971. Includes Frank Zappa, Elton John, Grace Slick, David Crosby, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Ginger Baker and the Jackson Five.

Kurt Cobain was not a 'tortured genius', he had an illness

by JM on 04/06/15

In light of the upcoming release of "Montage of Heck" a book and documentary film about Kurt Cobain, UK author Matt Haig (Reasons to Stay Alive) takes on the myth of the tortured genius.

"On April 5 1994, 21 very short years ago, Kurt Cobain took his own life. I was a teenager at the time and can remember news of the Nirvana frontman's death had a devastating impact, but I was also culturally aware enough to know it fit a kind of template. Rock stars were troubled. They died young, often at their own hands. In my immaturity, I thought there was something cool about it." (Read full article

The book Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is published by Canongate Books

The young Kurt Cobain in scene from "Montage of Heck"

Love & Mercy: Brian Wilson Bio Film Slated for June 2015 Release

by JM on 04/01/15

Judging from the movie trailer the film makers have done a great job capturing the era and of course the rise and fall of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys is one of rock music's most interesting stories.

The Wrecking Crew - The Los Angeles Studio Musicians Behind Some Of Rock's Biggest Hits

by JM on 04/01/15

The Wrecking Crew

First came the great book from Kent Hartman and now a new documentary film on the collection of Los Angeles  based studio musicians nicknamed "The Wrecking Crew" who played on hits by The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Ronettes and many others. I enjoyed the book for it's behind the scenes look at how numerous well known sixties hits were created and I'm sure the film will be worth a look too. 

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