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He lived life on his own terms and we are all much richer as a result of his idiosyncratic journey.
He went from a legitimate to a fading superstar
They display his ability to simultaneously be a historian, traditionalist, and, at the time, a major country music superstar.
Universally respected for his talent, his honesty, and his steadfast underdog empathy
I literally wept
As good as people pretended the last Jason Isbell album was.
Like your children, you want the best for them
Hopefully, a few lives have been saved by rock ‘n’ roll in the process
There are a small handful of true geniuses that have worked in the field of pop music and Brian Wilson is one of them.
In the P-Funk universe, the drugs flow continuously, the dancing never stops, and Saturday night never ends.
“I told a story with the E Street Band that was, and is, bigger than I ever could have told on my own.”
It took very little for the always combustible parts of the band to explode in chaotic directions.
HEY HO, LET’S GO DOWN
On this leg of our voyage – mock executions, cross dressing, kicking out the jams.
Things to enjoy in this segment – peanut butter, Tokyo, serial murderers, peaches
If you loved The Replacements, no explanation is necessary
On this part of our journey – acid, burritos, brothels, lobster.
the punk rock Cher
There were several dysfunctional relationships within the band, leading to their breakup in 1969
We take a stroll through “Paradise City,” where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Selling arena rock nostalgia by peddling volume over quality
Susanna Hoffs is just always nice to have around.
Barry Manilow in 2016 is no more and no less embarrassing now than he was in 1975
When it comes to popular music, individual mileage always varies
Fogerty comes across as a good hearted, high strung perfectionist who is happier catching fish than writing music
It’s a slow, Beatles influenced number about family dynamics
The majority of the book alternates between a discussion of Petty’s career, issues within the band, and Petty’s personal life
Guralnick has given his audience an invaluable history lesson and resource
Without further ado
I wasn’t sure if I was attending a concert, a pledge drive, or a geriatric redneck drunken party. It’s the day after and I’m still not sure what it was
My ultimate take away is in his songwriting, as in this book, Costello doesn’t have the self-discipline to harness his enormous talents into consistent greatness
Whether it is due to the group being revitalized with the stature nod of being nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or whether the bad karma about removing Bun E. Carlos has subsided, they put on a terrific show
Morris deftly chronicles the band’s recording career, more often than not letting the musicians (and producers) provide the historical perspective. He makes no grand pronouncements and indulges in no hyperbole. He is as equally generous in complimenting their successes as he is direct in addressing their failures
At some level, Hubbard almost works like a magician; he’s a guy who seems to have a perpetual ace in the hole.
He ultimately found that his real love was traditional country music, performed for working class people, and went to rural West Virginia to form a band and live off the land (those were free spirited times). The band had a regular gig in Paw Paw
If you are in the business of selling blood pressure medicine, you probably discuss the inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as often as possible. Just last week a complete stranger growled at me, while waiting in line to see The Zombies, “THEY SHOULD BE IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!” I almost responded with “Are you kidding me?” just to see if the guy’s head would have exploded
In 2015, The Bottle Rockets have chronicled a maturity that doesn’t sound like a defeat or a compromise; it sounds like an unmitigated triumph.
Al’s music draws you in because you are often hearing some of the most recognizable hooks and riffs in pop music. His band has the talent to move from hard rock, modern pop, and rap seamlessly and Al never breaks character during the show. There’s no moralizing or social commentary in his material. Silliness reigns supreme.
Museum curator Tom Kreason has worked tirelessly for years to make this a project a reality. Financially, the museum is a partnership with the city of Irving as part of a downtown renovation plan, but the vision, sweat equity, and execution of the myriad details required to make this concept a reality has all been overseen by endless hours of planning, work, and personal sacrifice by Mr. Kreason
For an old fashioned, pump fisting night of late ‘70s/early ‘80s metal, it’s hard to imagine that few bands have held up as well as the current touring version of Judas Priest. Rob Halford might not look quite as comfortable on the prop motorcycle in 2015 as he did in his youth, but he’s still aged better than most of his competitors
Wilson is a sympathetic figure, even more so do to the recent biopic Love & Mercy, and with his personal tragedies and triumphs, it’s impossible not to root for the man. He was in good spirits on this evening, giving brief song introductions (“This one’s in the key of E,” “Let’s hear the girls yell,” “This one rocks like hell!”) and punching the air for emphasis
Perhaps, the best pure rock ‘n’ roll experience I have ever witnessed in my life. In 2015, The Sonics may look like a group of insurance agents that should have already collected their gold watches, but they rock with an intensity that few bands could ever match
I have never travelled too deeply into the Mountain Goats catalogue, but that wasn’t necessary to understand and appreciate what this show was really about. Fundamentally, it was about John Darnielle’s love of performing and an audience that loved him for his unique artistic vision. It was a young crowd filled with hipsters and nerds and perhaps people that fall comfortably into both categories
“Cleaning Windows,” Van Morrison. “Cleaning Windows” is a utopian vision of a perfectly fulfilled life, where the pursuit of money is less important than the physical and soul nourishing activities such as reading Kerouac, listening to Muddy Waters, and eating Paris buns. Van was a working man in his prime when he developed this beautiful vision.
I was never a risk taker. While other kids were smoking dope, popping pills, discovering the pleasure points of the human body, sniffing gas, and skipping school, I was doing homework assignments and making sure the living room furniture didn’t feel neglected.
The following excerpts from Steve Crawford’s book “1000 Essential Songs from the 1970s focuses on Texas born or Texas based artists with entries from Waylon, Willie, Ray Price, ZZ Top, Billy Joe Shaver, the late, great Townes Van Zandt, and many other musicians who were completely comfortable wearing cowboy hats.
The current version of Styx does a much better job of replicating the band’s recorded output than DeYoung’s group, which had a decidedly Vegas sound. Both the guitarists had extended solo turns throughout the night, displaying every cliché in the 1970’s I’m-a-shredding-hot-poop-guitar-hero arsenal. This is a show that someone could enjoy for pure camp for about half an hour, but that’s only 25% of the evening.
What was the most important and influential U.S. city in terms of 1970’s music? A strong argument could be made for Philadelphia. Producers Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell created a silky soul sound that resulted in a string of hit records early in the decade and the disco beat was popularized by MFSB drummer Earl Young. Listed below are 18 tracks that were Philly creations, then several more inspired by the same sound and production techniques