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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

David Bowie: How Can That Voice Not Be Here Anymore?

By Dave Price
1st published in Booming Encore

Shirley Giddens remembers with absolute certainty her surroundings when she first heard the news.
It was early morning and she was in her kitchen getting ready for the drive to the South Jersey high school where she has taught English for the past 20 years.
Her boyfriend Sam knocked on the door. She could tell by his face something was seriously wrong.
“He just came up to me, hugged me tightly, and whispered ‘Mr. Bowie died last night’”, Giddens says.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

63-Year-Old Punk-Pop Star Supports, Lives Feminism

By Dave Price
This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me
A little more than three decades ago, singer Cyndi Lauper told us that girls just want to have fun. Today, at age 63, Lauper is teaching us that mature women can still have a good time.
She also says that they can continue speaking out on important social issues such as gender, sexuality, and aging. They are also establishing a strikingly personal sense of beauty and fashion.
Over the years, there have been many interviews about her song, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” It was the 1983 mega-hit that propelled Cyndi Lauper to stardom. She has been asked many times about the single that became a sing-along, dance-along feminist anthem.
Cyndi says, “It was very blatantly feminist. It meant that girls want to have the same experience that any man could have.”
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Gregg Allman's Final Album Is a Brilliant Commentary on Leaving This World

As rock superstars fade from the glare of fame into the shrouds of nostalgia, a few find ways to keep connecting. It’s not easy: Talent is critical but more important is honesty. This is especially true when the end of one’s path comes into view, when that road no longer stretches past the horizon but stops somewhere short of there.
When Gregg Allman recorded Southern Blood (***½ out of 4), he could see what lay ahead. Knowing that this was his farewell statement, he crafted it meticulously all the way up to the end of his journey, as producer Don Was indicated in the album’s liner notes: “He spent his final night listening to the latest mixes and closed his eyes knowing that his vision had been realized.”
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mixing It Up with NRBQ

For decades, critics, musicians, and a slew of civilian devotees have testified to the idiosyncratic brilliance of NRBQ. Yet they've had to endure endless interviews and think pieces where the underlying question is: if you're so damned exceptional, why aren't you more famous?

That has to be annoying, the constant drumbeating about the relative lack of commercial success, the rolling out of endorsements from cultural icons as diverse as Keith RichardsBonnie RaittPaul WesterbergElvis Costello, Zooey Deschanel, and Homer Simpson. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rickenbacker's 12-String Changes Rock

February 8th, 1964 was a fortuitous day for Rickenbacker guitars. That's when Francis C. Hall, the owner and president of the company, connected with the Beatles in New York City. In his suite at the Savoy Hilton, Hall unveiled for the group Rickenbacker's latest offering: the electric 12-string guitar, the shimmering sound of which would help define an era.

John Lennon was the first of the Fab Four to audition the 12-string, but he thought it might be a better instrument for George Harrison, who had stayed behind in his hotel due to illness. Indeed Harrison gravitated to the guitar and became an early adapter. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fleetwood Mac's Forgotten Hero

Everyone knows Fleetwood Mac, the mega-selling incarnation fronted by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. And rock aficionados know the original, blues-rooted version of the band starring Peter Green. But there's a bridge between those two starry incarnations led by a key figure lost to rock history—Danny Kirwan.

"Danny was a quantum leap ahead of us creatively," Mick Fleetwood said of Kirwan's early influence on the group. "He was a hugely important part of the band."

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Monday, September 11, 2017

How The Rolling Stones Changed Rock

The Rolling Stones weren't always a venerated rock institution, but they might have always been what they've been semi-officially called for decades, "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." 

Type that phrase into Google, and out of the millions of articles that pop up, most lead to articles about the Stones, and that makes sense, because so much of what we think of as the idea of a rock band didn't exist until the Rolling Stones.

Unless you were there in 1964, you might not realize how much they upended everything: the Stones' music and, just as crucially, the Stones' reputation, began creeping into the lives of American kids. Not in the way the Beatles did, in one tsunami of attention, acclaim, and ecstasy, but sneakily and incrementally, one song, one television appearance, at a time throughout their first year of seducing the U.S. audience until their impact finally, in the early summer of 1965, became undeniable and unshakable. 

If you were there and watched it unfold in real time, it likely changed your life.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Roger Waters Reminds Fans Who Us and Them Really Are

It couldn’t have been more obvious who the “Us” and “Them” are that Roger Waters has chosen to call his upcoming North American tour. 

Waters didn’t speak directly about his disdain for the 45th President of the United States, instead using the on-screen visuals on the giant screens at Sunday night’s final dress rehearsal for his massive “Us + Them” tour.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

OTD (1964) - 'House of the Rising Son' Rises to #1

To chart-topping American acts like Steve Lawrence (“Go Away Little Girl”) and Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs (“Sugar Shack”), 1963 had been a year filled with promise. 

And then came the Beatles, whose dramatic arrival in January 1964 clearly posed a commercial threat. By the middle of 1964, with Louis Armstrong (“Hello Dolly”) and Dean Martin (“Everybody Loves Somebody”) both having earned #1 pop hits, it may have seemed that the worst was over. 

But then came another blow in the form of the Animals, whose signature hit, “House of The Rising Sun,” reached #1 on the U.S. pop charts on this day in 1964. Steeped in a musical idiom very different from “She Loves You” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “House of The Rising Sun” hinted at an entirely new line of attack from the forces of the British Invasion.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

On the Charts: Top 40 as of the End of August, 1967

The warm months midway through 1967 became known as the Summer of Love as the hippie counterculture’s message of peace and love gathered steam across the country. 

And this week on New York City’s Top 40 mainstay WABC reflected that spirit with plenty of all time classic rock greats.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Small Faces Start Thinking Big

Having nipped smartly into the No. 1 best selling album slot with Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, the Small Faces are now deservedly considered big wheels in the progressive pop stakes.

To see how they were enjoying their new found status I journeyed to Immediate control headquarters where on a bright sunny afternoon, there was only a skeleton crew holding fort and things were strangely quiet.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How Nils Lofgren Almost Became the Next Big Thing

In the early '70s, Grin seemed like a band on the brink of big league success. Their stellar second album, 1+1 had shown that American rock didn't need to be lunk-headed or self-indulgent. Or strummed by laid-back guys who just wanted to chug all night.

Nils Lofgren, the band's founder and front man, was championed by almost everybody—especially rhapsodizing rock critics—as a prodigiously talented musician-singer-songwriter.

Lofgren was a bag of tricks: his voice could be plaintive and vulnerable or gritty and assertive; his guitar playing was fluid and inventive. At their best, his songs were a hybrid of power pop and riff-heavy rock; and Nils came up with some of the most infectious melodies this side of McCartney. He embodied all of the most-prized values of classic pop-rock. 

How could he possibly miss?

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