Available for research projects, band bios, liner notes. Early rock and roll / classic rock / punk / NYC. Contributor to WOMEN WHO ROCK & WOMAN WALK THE LINE. WHY PATTI SMITH MATTERS out in 2022.
The first time Ronnie Spector, who passed away this week at age 78 after a short bout with cancer, altered the course of music history it was as the central voice of the essential 1960s girl group the Ronettes. With hair teased up to the heavens, dramatic black eyeliner, and skintight outfits, the Ronettes — the name the family act stuck with after stints as the Darling Sisters and then Ronnie and the Relatives — transcended the art of hitmaking. They set trends. What was originally a gimmick...
His most memorable moments with the Stones aren’t five-minute drum solos, but rather small, precise elements that could only have been created by Charlie Watts.
Squares and orbs of colored kinetic sand fall out of the sky from an unseen hand into a glass vessel. Then an implement descends, usually a cocktail muddler of some sort, wooden or metal or acrylic, to squish and tamp and compress the sand out of its initial shapes into a uniform glob. Then more squares and orbs, more tamping, more sand, and more compression until the container is full.
R.E.M. is your favorite band's favorite band. They've influenced countless musicians and had an immeasurable impact on the following decades of indie rock. Veteran music journalist Caryn Rose takes us through the lifespan and wide-ranging impact of Athens, Georgia's own R.E.M.
When discussing Joni Mitchell’s body of work, her second album, 1969’s Clouds, is almost always glossed over. No one claims it as their favorite Joni record, as it, understandably, lives in the shadows of albums like Blue, Ladies of the Canyon, and Court and Spark.
Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend tells you everything you need to know about his first real solo album, Empty Glass, with the (literally) iconic cover image: Pete as an angel, with his sacrament (brandy) in front of him, flanked by acolytes, two beautiful women offering their best come-hither looks. It is a record both casually and deathly spiritual, with Townshend engaged in the latest plane of the spiritual inquest he’d been engaged in since 1968’s Tommy.
Land of Hope and Dreams Spotlight: Jon Landau and Caryn Rose, with a message from Pete Townshend
The 1978 tour in support of Darkness on the Edge of Town seemed to span a lifetime in E Street years. Out from under the yoke of the lawsuit that had prevented Bruce Springsteen from recording new music (and kept the E Street Band on the road for two years as a way to move forward and, quite frankly, pay the bills), '78 was about freedom and redemption, of definitely and defiantly planting the E Street flag on solid ground.
The country's most distinguished gospel artist, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, arrived in Washington, D.C., to perform a sold-out concert. Sister Tharpe spoke to your reporter before her sold-out concert, sitting on her customized tour bus parked outside the venue. The bus — which Sister Thorpe believes is the first of its kind! — is emblazoned with the words SISTER ROSETTA THARPE - DECCA RECORDING ARTIST, painted in a bright and distinctive blue script along the side of the bus.
Sister Tharpe and he...