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A blogger’s off-the-rails ride — from pop to punk, from film to funk!

Sights, sounds, words, rhymes, designs, brushstrokes, movement — it’s what feeds my soul. And when I find something truly fab I have an evangelical zeal to share it with the world. Lou Reed once sang, “You know, her life was saved by rock and roll.” Music and other forms of creative expression have always saved me — from conformity, from the haters, from the bondage of self, from the madness and monotony of everyday life. I may not be able to save the world, but I’d sure love to make your journey a little more interesting…by turning you on to new ways of looking at pop culture.

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Anthony Pecora commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The Fireworks Are Hailin' over Little Eden Tonight: Bruce's Boardwalk Lullaby'
"If anyone is interested, read Mansion on the Hill, by Fred Goodman. It's about Bruce, Neil Young, Dylan and Bob Gefen. He opines that Jon Landau's influence killed the street poet in Bruce and helped set him on the course he travelled the…"
Jul 14
Bernie Howitt commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The Fireworks Are Hailin' over Little Eden Tonight: Bruce's Boardwalk Lullaby'
"Great post Dana. I've been there since the first album, and have never lost the faith. I was finally rewarded in February when he played "Sandy" at his second Hunter Valley show. A forty year wait to hear it live, and it is still…"
Jul 11
Dana Spiardi commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The Fireworks Are Hailin' over Little Eden Tonight: Bruce's Boardwalk Lullaby'
"I agree, Colin. Born to Run was the last great album. Although his tours were still fun up through around 1984. I still attend his concerts - out of some sense of loyalty (I've seen him 17 times since 1976), but nothing can compare to the Bruce…"
Jul 11
Colin Cannon commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The Fireworks Are Hailin' over Little Eden Tonight: Bruce's Boardwalk Lullaby'
""Greetings From Asbury Park" & "The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle." are quite possibly my favorite Springsteen albums. After Born To Run & Darkness on the Edge of Town things went kinda south ... I…"
Jul 11
Anthony Pecora commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The Fireworks Are Hailin' over Little Eden Tonight: Bruce's Boardwalk Lullaby'
"What happened to that guy?  "
Jul 11
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The Fireworks Are Hailin' over Little Eden Tonight: Bruce's Boardwalk Lullaby

When the cops finally busted Madam Marie, the young ne'er-do-well knew it was time to leave the seaside carnival life forever. Riding Tilt-a-Whirls and chasing factory girls underneath the boardwalk…cruising the circuit with switchblade lovers and open-shirted casino boys…it was all kid's stuff. Someday he'd look back on those barefoot slacker days and sex-seeking nights, and rage against the dying of the pier lights that once cast a protective cover, like a soft beach blanket, over his body…See More
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The Fireworks Are Hailin' over Little Eden Tonight: Bruce's Boardwalk Lullaby

When the cops finally busted Madam Marie, the young ne'er-do-well knew it was time to leave the seaside carnival life forever. Riding Tilt-a-Whirls and chasing factory girls underneath the boardwalk…cruising the circuit with switchblade lovers and open-shirted casino boys…it was all kid's stuff. Someday he'd look back on those barefoot slacker days and sex-seeking nights, and rage against the dying of the pier lights that once cast a protective cover, like a soft beach blanket, over his body…See More
Jul 6
RP N10 commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Fanny: Four Fab Pioneering Femmes'
"Recall reading about them in Sounds/NME and seeing them on the Whistle Test which seems to be the source of two of the videos up there.  Seemed then like a mainstream-ish average rock band (for some reason I bracketed them with Alice Cooper).…"
Jun 13
Dana Spiardi commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Fanny: Four Fab Pioneering Femmes'
"Thanks for your comment, Alan. I don't know anyone who ever saw them live, so this is a revelation. As a teen with rock star fantasies growing up in the 70s I was happy to know that there were young women who had the guts to get out there and…"
Jun 13
Harrisonaphotos commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Fanny: Four Fab Pioneering Femmes'
"Sorry; but my memory of the band is different - in the UK they were something of a 'novelty band' and actually not very good. My friends and I were given free tickets in a record shop to see them headline their one and only UK headline…"
Jun 13
A blog post by Dana Spiardi was featured

Fanny: Four Fab Pioneering Femmes

When the name of your band conjures up images of either (1) the human arse, (2) a vaudeville star named Brice, (3) a protagonist from an 18th Century erotic novel by John Cleland, or (4) a character from a recurring Playboy comic strip, you might have a bit of a problem being taken seriously. I'm referring to a mostly forgotten early 1970s band named Fanny. The thing is, they were taken seriously -- at least for a while. They signed a major record deal (the third all-girl act to do so), scored…See More
Jun 4
Dana Spiardi posted a blog post

Fanny: Four Fab Pioneering Femmes

When the name of your band conjures up images of either (1) the human arse, (2) a vaudeville star named Brice, (3) a protagonist from an 18th Century erotic novel by John Cleland, or (4) a character from a recurring Playboy comic strip, you might have a bit of a problem being taken seriously. I'm referring to a mostly forgotten early 1970s band named Fanny. The thing is, they were taken seriously -- at least for a while. They signed a major record deal (the third all-girl act to do so), scored…See More
Jun 2
Adam Kukic commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band'
"I love these stories you do on the early all female rock bands!"
May 5
Dana Spiardi commented on Adam Kukic's blog post 'Lucy Wainwright Roche's There’s a Last Time for Everything- An Under-the-Radar Gem'
"I can't wait!"
May 1
Dana Spiardi commented on Adam Kukic's blog post 'Lucy Wainwright Roche's There’s a Last Time for Everything- An Under-the-Radar Gem'
"Adam - I didn't know there was "another" Wainwright out there! Thanks for the informative post."
Apr 30
Paul Wilner commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band'
"Loved Genya -didn't know about the Goldie era. Great post! "
Apr 23

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The Fireworks Are Hailin' over Little Eden Tonight: Bruce's Boardwalk Lullaby

When the cops finally busted Madam Marie, the young ne'er-do-well knew it was time to leave the seaside carnival life forever. Riding Tilt-a-Whirls and chasing factory girls underneath the boardwalk…cruising the circuit with switchblade lovers and open-shirted casino boys…it was all kid's stuff. Someday he'd look back on those barefoot slacker days and sex-seeking nights, and rage against the dying of the pier lights that once cast a protective cover, like a soft beach blanket,…

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Posted on July 6, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Fanny: Four Fab Pioneering Femmes

When the name of your band conjures up images of either (1) the human arse, (2) a vaudeville star named Brice, (3) a protagonist from an 18th Century erotic novel by John Cleland, or (4) a character from a recurring Playboy comic strip, you might have a bit of a problem being taken seriously. I'm referring to a mostly forgotten early 1970s band named Fanny. The thing is, they were taken seriously -- at least for a while. They signed a major record deal (the third…

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Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band

It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Americanization.

In 1962, she attended a Brooklyn club called The Lollipop Lounge, where, on a dare, she took the stage and sang a song with a…

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Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton

The name Stax Records is synonymous with soul music. But did you know that the legendary label of black artists like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett, and Isaac Hayes was co-founded by a white woman who began her career as a school teacher? In the late 1950s, Estelle Axton began investing in Satellite Records, a small label started by her brother Jim Stewart, a former bank clerk. The early studio, originating in Stewart's Memphis garage, primarily catered to country and…

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

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At 11:46am on August 9, 2013, Tim M. Otto said…

Dana, Guess what I finally saw after 30+ years or so?..."Ode To Billy Joe" on DVD. Our library just got it. It was really innocent and great too. I only remembered about half of it.

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know as you are the expert on Bobbie Gentry.

See Yuh,

Tim M. Otto

At 3:01am on August 13, 2012, Gary Baker said…

Hi Dana, Great piece on Buck Owens. What a rebel! A friend told me about the Carnegie Hall album several years ago. I couldn't find it at the time and it eventually faded from memory. After reading your article I found it online. I can't wait to hear it. Thanks!

At 12:40pm on July 28, 2012, Tim M. Otto said…

Dana, Loved your story on Bobbie Gentry. I remember the movie well. Did Bobbie do some work with Glen Campbell? I know she put out some duo albums with someone back in the day? It brought back some memories hearing that song again and reading your story. Thanks to you & Bobbie Gentry.

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At 1:36pm on January 17, 2012, Will James said…

Dana, great to see you here! Welcome to ND (you'll get an official welcome from them).

 
 
 

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