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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some Final Words About the Life, Legacy, and Legend of Chuck Berry


The greatest artists offer a reflection for a nation to see itself and its time, and Chuck Berry, a beautician by trade, knew a thing or two about holding up a mirror for a customer. 

His most famous song, “Johnny B. Goode,” is a classic story of the American dream: A poor, uneducated boy from the sticks uses his ability to make a guitar ring like a bell to make good—or so the listener is left to assume, though Berry left the ending notably ambiguous.

But Berry, unlike his protagonist, didn’t grow up in log-cabin rural squalor—he was a middle-class African American from segregated urban St. Louis. It is another of his compositions, using nearly the same opening riff—and when you write a lick that good, why not reuse it?—that demonstrates Berry’s ability to depict post-war America so convincingly.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chuck Berry: The 20 Essential Songs


Elvis Presley will forever be known as the king of rock & roll in name, but few would dispute Chuck Berry's status as the genre's true godfather – the one most directly responsible for its endlessly adaptable blueprint. 

"Chuck had the swing," Keith Richards told RS. "There's rock, but it's the roll that counts." Here, in the wake of Berry's passing, we survey a selection of the songs that helped make him immortal.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Music World Reacts to Chuck Berry's Death


There is no living rocker who doesn’t stand in the shadow of Chuck Berry, and following his death on Saturday at age 90, musicians from all genres took to social media to honor the rock pioneer. 

Below, we round up the tributes.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rock Pioneer Chuck Berry Dead at 90


Chuck Berry, the perpetual wild man of rock music who helped define its rebellious spirit in the 1950s and was the sly poet laureate of songs about girls, cars, school and even the “any old way you choose it” vitality of the music itself, died March 18 at at his home in St. Charles County, Mo. He was 90.
St. Charles County police announced the death in a Facebook post on its Website, saying officers responded to a medical emergency at Mr. Berry’s home and administered lifesaving techniques but could not revive him. No further information was available.
“While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together,” reads Mr. Berry’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
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Friday, March 17, 2017

The Who to Take Up Residency in Las Vegas


 The Who is taking up residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this summer.
Caesars Entertainment announced Monday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will become the first rock band to take up residence at the hotel-casino's Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

As Baby Boomers Become Collectors, Prices of Vintage Guitars Skyrocket



True love knows no fear, and legendary blues guitarist B.B. King once rushed into a burning building to save his beloved Lucille. But Lucille wasn’t his wife – it was actually his Gibson 335 electric guitar. The incident is emblematic of the respect that most musicians show their instruments.
That love has translated into a burgeoning guitar collector’s market over the last 30 years, with some instruments that originally sold for US$200 or less back in the 1950s selling for upwards of US$200,000 today. Although such guitars are rare, Kevin Drost, director of international strategy for online instrument sales site Reverb.com, estimates that one such high-rolling transaction is conducted at the site every month.
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Friday, March 10, 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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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Gets Angry on 'Wrecking Ball'



Around the time of the 2008 economic collapse, Bruce Springsteen was working on a gospel music album. When he found that particular style of music didn’t suit his anger and frustration regarding what he was hearing in the news, and seeing happen to friends and relatives, he scrapped the entire record and started over.

The Boss began to write what started as “folk songs” about the current state of America and what he perceived as inequality, corruption and a lack of care. As a songwriter, Springsteen was about as angry as he’d ever been.

“You can never go wrong pissed off in rock ’n’ roll. The first half of [the album], particularly, is very angry,” Springsteen told a group of reporters in 2012, the year’s of the record’s release. “The genesis of the record was after 2008, when we had the huge financial crisis in the States, and there was really no accountability for years and years. People lost their homes, and I had friends who were losing their homes, and nobody went to jail. Nobody was responsible.”

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Monday, March 6, 2017

The Legacy of Derek and the Dominoes


“That thing was like lightning in a bottle,” begins our Bobby Whitlock interview of his short-lived band with Eric Clapton, Derek and the Dominos. “We did one club tour, we did one photo session, then we did a tour of a bit larger venues. Then we did one studio album in Miami. We did one American tour. Then we did one failed attempt at a second album.” And all within about a year’s time in 1970.
So in this case, the oft-overused flash of lightning description is right on the money. 
And Whitlock was a key part of the kinetic energy behind what’s considered a genuine landmark in not just Clapton’s career but the entire classic rock genre: the 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, co-writing six of the double album’s 10 original songs (plus… read on), and bringing his soul-soaked Deep South keyboard skills to the musical mix, taking the vocal lead on two tracks and doubling/trading off with Clapton throughout the rest of the album.
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Eric Burdon and the Animals in Concert

Eric Burdon and the Animals were recently the headliner on the 2nd-ever Flower Power Cruise. Here is a picture page capturing Burdon and the his band in concert from that cruise:












And here's shots of Eric being interviewed: