As he approaches his 80th birthday (on September 21), Leonard Cohen continues to delight and surprise audiences. He surprises offstage, too. And, I suspect, even a few longtime fans will learn a thing or two from this list of facts, […]
Nearly a quarter century has passed since Warner Brothers issued the excellent Storyteller, which covers all the bases of Rod Stewart’s career up to 1990 but features only a few previously unreleased goodies. Finally, though, the record company has unlocked […]
I videotaped this concert when it aired on PBS decades ago and have been watching it periodically ever since. Every time I see it, I ask myself the same question: Why on earth has this incredible show—which has long been […]
Here’s a video of a song called “Boarding Pass” from the Railsplitters, one of the more auspicious new bluegrass groups I’ve heard in a while. The Boulder, Colorado quartet—Lauren Stovall, Dusty Rider (real name!), Peter Sharpe and Leslie Ziegler—are all […]
The world’s first and best-known so-called rock opera also probably ranks among the world’s most frequently reissued albums. First released as a double LP in May 1969, the Who’s Tommy has since reappeared literally dozens of times on assorted deluxe, […]
The Velvet Underground and Nico, the group’s magnificent March 1967 debut album, was a million miles from the popular music of the time, which largely explains why it sold only about 5,000 copies (including one to me) in the first […]
Van Morrison had already attracted some attention with Them, scored a hit with “Brown-Eyed Girl” and produced the incredible Astral Weeks by the time he delivered Moondance in 1970. But this was the album that made him a star. It […]
A cover blurb on this book promises a focus on 50 of the Beach Boys’ greatest songs, with the story of each told via an interview with someone connected to it. Inside, you will find chapters for that many tunes, […]
It’s been said that the Velvet Underground didn’t have many fans but that just about every one of them wound up starting an important rock group. You can’t quite make that statement about the Band—despite having only one top-30 hit […]
If you don’t already own a pile of Beach Boys CDs, by all means pick up Made in California and damn the cost (currently about $120 on Amazon). Supplanting 1993’s Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys, the new […]
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