The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones: Some Sound Opinions, 50 Years On

Jul 13, 2012 | 1715 Views | 2 Comments

"My brother's back at home with his Beatles and his Stones; we never got it off on that revolution stuff." So lamented Mott the Hoople in their 1972 "All The Young Dudes," a David Bowie-penned anthem about aimless glam-rockers and their disdain for the values of the past. Oh, those boogaloo boys in their eyeliner, glitter and platform shoes!  I've enjoyed glam-rock as much as many other genres, from punk to bluegrass. But no matter how many musical roads I've traveled, I always end up back at home, with my Beatles and my Stones. This summer marks... Read More »

When Johnny Cash Made ABC Censors Walk The Line

Jun 13, 2012 | 2408 Views | 3 Comments

The Smothers Brothers - Dick and Tom - are hailed as freedom-of-speech heroes for their battles with CBS network executives who censored, and eventually cancelled, their trippy 1967-69 "Comedy Hour." But few followers of music and TV history are aware that Johnny Cash also stood up to the company men who attempted to police his 1969-71 TV variety show. In March of 1970 Johnny fought to bring then-controversial folk singer Pete Seeger to his show, despite the network's fears that Seeger would perform songs critical of the Vietnam War and President Richard Nixon's administration. Just a few... Read More »

Joe Walsh is Making Records. His Fans They Can’t Wait.

Jun 3, 2012 | 1287 Views | 0 Comments

Last night I finally got to see guitar wizard and rock-n-roll funny man Joe Walsh play my favorite song from my favorite teenage summer. I dropped a helluva lot of quarters into the Student Union jukebox in 1978 to hear "Life's Been Good," a hilarious, iconic parody of the rich, spoiled rock star lifestyle. Now, the man who once sang, "I keep on going, guess I'll never know why," is back on the road to promote his first album in 20 years, "Analog Man."  A lot has changed since 1992, and Joe, in typical comedic fashion, uses... Read More »

Chimes of Freedom Flashing: Bob Dylan Honored at White House

May 29, 2012 | 1693 Views | 3 Comments

Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan just received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Bobby wore shades and never cracked a facial muscle as the Prez heaped all kinds of well-deserved praise upon him (“There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music.”). That's our poker-faced Bob, the brilliant, eccentric minstrel that I'll adore forever. From acoustic Bob to electric Bob, he truly was the voice of the 60s, influencing all modern musicians to dig deep inside their psyches to pen poetic lyrics - be they obscure, esoteric, thought-provoking, or just plain... Read More »

From Bullfrog to Bulldog: A Beatles Gem From Their Post-Pepper End Days

May 23, 2012 | 1203 Views | 0 Comments

"Hey Bullfrog."  That was the original working title of the piano-driven Beatles song that ended up being called "Hey Bulldog" when Paul, for some unknown reason, began barking during the recording.  Here's a clip of the boys performing the song, which was, unfortunately, buried on the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack. This is one of the few films of the band performing a complete session at Abbey Road studios. The clip was eventually worked into a promotional film for the "Lady Madonna" single.  The Beatles hoped to release the package during their February/March 1968 meditation retreat in India with... Read More »