A Man Walks Into a Bar: The Story of Klaus Voormann and The Beatles

Apr 29, 2016 | 843 Views | 1 Comment

One night in 1960, German art student Klaus Voormann went out slumming and came home a changed man. He'd just had an argument with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr, and set off to walk the Reeperbahn, a boulevard in the St. Pauli red-light district of Hamburg, Germany. He heard some raucous music pouring from the seedy Kaiserkeller Club, walked inside, and discovered a band of five amphetamine-charged, leather-clad English boys shakin’ down the house. This was his first exposure to a rock-n-roll circus, and he was left – in his words – “speechless.” You could reckon that... Read More »

Come Together, Beatles: Here’s a Check for Three Grand

Apr 24, 2016 | 1389 Views | 3 Comments

April 24, 1976, marked the last night that Paul McCartney would spend with John Lennon. Paul and his wife Linda just happened to drop in on John and Yoko, unannounced, and the two former Beatles spent a few hours together in the Lennons' apartment in the monolithic Dakota Building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Don't you just wonder what the Fab Two engaged in on that Saturday evening? Did they take turns bouncing 6-month-old Baby Sean on their knees? Nosh on a jar of Yoko's expensive caviar? Play "Bohemian Rhapsody" on John's turntable, hoping Ms. Ono... Read More »

Love Some Vinyl on Record Store Day

Apr 16, 2016 | 1782 Views | 3 Comments

Give an old record a loving home! Today is the ninth annual Record Store Day, so visit one of your local independently owned shops, browse the bins, and pick up a platter full of sound that you can actually hold in your hands -- a shiny groooovy disc with a sleeve that doesn't require a magnifying glass to read!  And even if you no longer have a way to spin the record, stop in anyway. You'll marvel at those old LP covers and find yourself saying, "I had that one...and that one...and OH, I forgot all... Read More »

Roaring Down Thunder Road: Darlin’, You Know Just What I’m Here For

Apr 12, 2016 | 5279 Views | 1 Comment

[From The Hip Quotient archives: August 28, 2015.] I took a road trip with "Born to Run" yesterday. It's the 40th anniversary of Bruce's groundbreaking album, and there's no better way to experience it than by blasting it in your car, with the windows open and the wind blowing back your hair. Cars and tunnels and backstreets and highways are just as central to the LP's cast of characters as the losers and loners and tramps. My trip to the South Hills of Pittsburgh lasted the entire length of the album. From Rt. 22 East and the... Read More »

They Had Mohair Rings, But I Had Jo Jo Gunne

Apr 2, 2016 | 4388 Views | 5 Comments

"No, Spiardi. I bought myself a ring that's too big." This is how Miss S.T. sarcastically answered when I asked if her boyfriend bought her the yarn-wrapped ring she was sporting on her finger. It had never occurred to me that the fuzzy bands worn by the A-list girls began their lives as one-size-fits-all pieces of cheap metal, purchased by hormone-raging boys to give to their pubescent paramours. The crafty lasses wrapped their tokens of love with angora yarn to obtain the proper fit, thus creating one of the most sought after status symbols of junior... Read More »