Here is a list of bands. I have picked by favorite member that band. It could be I like their songwriting, or their musicianship or their persona. I picked bands usually with more than three members and where it was not one dominant personality, like the Electric Light Orchestra or Dire Straits. 10cc – Eric … More Favorite Band Member
I got this idea from fellow blogger Larry Graves, who regularly gives his YouTube followers a choice between two stacks of CDs. So, I thought, what they hey, I’ll try it too. I will list the contents of each stack of CDs, with a comparable quality of CDs. The idea is to make the choice … More Which Stack of CDs?
These 12 maybe are not the best, but they are quite interesting for a variety of reasons. I have included documentaries in the list. In no particular order. A Hard Day’s Night (1964) The Beatles in their first film. A cheeky semi-documentary and a classic. Millions had seen the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and many … More A Dozen Rock and Roll Films
I’ve had the opportunity to meet a variety of musicians over the years. I collect autographs and have built up a nice collection. The opportunity to have an interaction, although usually brief, has been a great thrill. Celebrities understand that fan encounters are part of the game, although it no doubt gets weary and can … More Interactions with Famous Musicians
In 1974, Atlantic Records released this strange album, a greatest hits collection that spanned only two albums and the A and B sides of a single. It was also a bit misleading because Neil Young only played on four of the songs. The group was reportedly not very happy about the release, but it proved … More Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: So Far
These two music festivals, two years apart, capped an incredible musical decade and showcased young musicians pointing the world in a new direction. These events were the watermark on the music of the 1960s. Although two years apart, these films are quite different. One is about the music, the other is about the experience. Monterey … More Monterey Pop and Woodstock
The best album by the Airplane? For me, that’s easy. Volunteers. Their previous album, Crown of Creation was a good one, full of psychedelic rock. Volunteers, the Airplane’s fifth album, was released in 1969, infused a folk flavor, and was controversial by intent. Anti-war lyrics and pro-ecology, the album’s lyrics included “motherfucker” and “shit” so … More Volunteers (Jefferson Airplane)
Marty Balin was a founder of Jefferson Airplane and later a stalwart member of Jefferson Starship, the successor band. In later years he occasionally regrouped with members of the band on various projects but he was content to pilot his solo career. Balin passed away recently at the age of 76. From the Airplane days, … More Marty Balin