#BookReview – SMALL TOWN TALK: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock

Think “Woodstock” and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. But the town of Woodstock, New York, the original planned venue of the concert, is located over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. Long before the landmark music festival usurped the name, Woodstock—the tiny Catskills town where Bob Dylan holed up after his infamous 1966 Read More …

#BookReview – STEVIE NICKS: Visons, Dreams & Rumours by Zoe Howe

Lyrical visionary, enduring style icon, and one indispensable fifth of post-Peter Green megaband Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks is one of the most recognizable figures in rock ’n’ roll history―very much Fleetwood Mac’s “Queen Bee,” as Mick Fleetwood himself described her. With gold and qua­druple platinum solo albums under her beaded belt, Stevie Nicks has enjoyed the ultimate in rock ‘n’ roll success as a recording artist―but this charmed life has come as a result of Read More …

#BookReview – Haunted Rock & Roll: Ghostly Tales of Musical Legends

Plug in the guitar, raise the curtain, and step onto the haunted stage. From rock and roll’s pioneers to its contemporary rebels, the greatest names live on after death―in unexpected and frightening ways. Discover thrilling stories of Michael Jackson, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Amy Winehouse, and many more rockers who’ve been seen haunting their favorite bars, clubs, and homes. Haunted Rock and Roll covers rock’s entire paranormal legacy, allowing you to explore the Read More …

FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS – You Gotta Believe Me? A Photo, A Song, A Story

I have two addictions – books and music – and the two often intertwine in unexpected ways. Often the story is already in motion, the characters set, when a connection to a song occurs to me. Occasionally, though, the song pops into my head first, with a story to follow, unrelated to the song, but driven by it just the same. The latter is exactly what happened with one of my stories for Triptychs, the Read More …

#BookReview – BILLY JOEL: The Definitive Biography by Fred Schruers

In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon. Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his Read More …

Book Review: HOW MUSIC GOT FREE by Stephen Witt

“What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?” How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It’s about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes Music Store. Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from Read More …

#MusicMonday: Turn It Up! GEOFF LENOX Rocks

Ready for some hard-driving rock? Geoff Lenox has what you’re looking for! This guy writes killer songs and sings them in a way that makes you pay attention. You’ll want to jump out of your seat, dance, sing, yell, and maybe even shed a tear or two. Geoff has just released Into The Light. This is his first album, but you’d never know that by listening. Singing, playing guitar, writing music – this is what Read More …

Advanced Review: SOUND MAN by Glyn Johns (Music Memoir)

A memoir of a remarkable rock-and-roll career from Glyn Johns, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer and sound engineer whose resumé includes work with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Who, the Clash, and many more. Published: November 13, 2014 Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble   Someone asked me the other day: What exactly does a record producer do? My answer was: “You just have to have an Read More …

#MusicMonday: Led Zeppelin – Blues Thieves or Rock Geniuses?

Led Zeppelin is my favorite band, but they have a dirty little secret many people don’t know about. Today I want to talk about that secret. No, it’s not about their partying days. Everyone knows how wild they were. This is about their music. Ready? Quite a few of their songs were remakes – possibly even thefts – of early blues tunes. In fairness, this was not something unique to Zeppelin. Many sixties rock bands took old Read More …

#MusicMonday: BIG KETTLE DRUM In The Spotlight

Michael and I went to The Hideaway Cafe this past Saturday night to see one of my favorite indie bands – Big Kettle Drum. I was psyched to see them, as you can probably tell from the photo. These guys (and girl!) are brilliant performers, so definitely go see them if you get the chance. Before we get to them, though, I want to briefly mention the singer who opened the show. I had never Read More …