Early Richard Pryor Records Restored, Expanded

Richard Pryor’s first two albums, individually out of print for years, were at least included in full on a pair of archival collections released in the early-to-mid aughts: the first disc of 2000’s …And It’s Deep Too! 9-CD box set from Rhino was Pryor’s self-titled 1968 debut album for Dove/Reprise, and the entirety of his… Continue reading Early Richard Pryor Records Restored, Expanded

Peter Stampfel

Goodbye 20th Century: Peter Stampfel Bids It a Fond Farewell, but Leaves the Light On “Good ol’ Ricola.” Peter Stampfel paused to unwrap a lozenge nearly an hour into a lively conversation. This was no product plug, but rather a coping mechanism. Stampfel suffers from dysphonia, and has completely lost his voice for extended periods… Continue reading Peter Stampfel

Ready Steady Go!

Ready Steady Go! The Weekend Starts Here By Andy Neill [BMG Books] The household name typically attached to British music television is Top of the Pops. While that long-running BBC program certainly cast a long shadow, it was actually predated by a scrappy upstart that set the tone and remains a pop culture touchstone for… Continue reading Ready Steady Go!

Nancy Sinatra Reissue Series Kicks Off

The discerning archivists at Light in the Attic Records have teamed up with Nancy Sinatra to reissue many of her classic albums and singles throughout 2021, with the first key fruits of this partnership arriving Feb. 5 in the form of Start Walkin’: 1965-1976, a 23-track double-LP/single-CD collection covering her most prolific period, including her… Continue reading Nancy Sinatra Reissue Series Kicks Off

And In the End: The Last Days of The Beatles

And In The End: The Last Days of The Beatles By Ken McNab [Thomas Dunne Books] “More words have been written about The Beatles than any other band in the world. But the purpose of this book was to examine month by month the various threads that took on a life of their own from… Continue reading And In the End: The Last Days of The Beatles

Josie Cotton

Queen “B” Josie Cotton Goes to the Drive-In “My whole life I’ve been fixated on science-fiction,” announces singer Josie Cotton, speaking by phone from her home in Silver Lake, California. It’s an unexpected admission from a pop singer best known for reviving the sweet sound of ‘60s girl groups on her 1982 Elektra LP Convertible… Continue reading Josie Cotton

Brown Acid Compilation Series

The Eclectic Brown-Aid Acid Test: Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Record Collectors There was kind of a weird spot just a smidge past the mid ’60s when the halcyon, zombie-dance daze of the much vaunted hippie era took a dark turn. Music critics and pop culture obsessives will probably argue till the end of time… Continue reading Brown Acid Compilation Series

Newnan Groove Machine Hamilton Bohannon Dies

Hamilton Bohannon, the influential Newnan, Georgia-born funk/disco singer, drummer, bandleader and producer responsible for assorted R&B/dance hits in the 1970s and ‘80s, died on Friday, April 24 at age 78. Although neither his name nor his songs are widely known among modern-day pop music listeners, Bohannon’s music continues to be heard via the widespread practice… Continue reading Newnan Groove Machine Hamilton Bohannon Dies

Pre-Allman Brothers Recordings Re-Released

Early, out-of-print pre-Allman Brothers Band music from Duane and Gregg Allman will be reissued on vinyl and CD on March 27, appearing on the latter format for the first time. Originally issued in 1973 as Early Allman, the only session work from the brothers’ teenage band Allman Joys, recorded in August 1966, is the earliest… Continue reading Pre-Allman Brothers Recordings Re-Released

Seberg

Kristen Stewart stars in SEBERG

“You’re America’s sweetheart,” declares Jean Seberg’s agent at the start of the Seberg biopic. That wasn’t true back in 1968. Seberg was a struggling actress who’d survived bad reviews to finally find fame in France as the star of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. The film has her getting ready to make a new bid for American stardom in Paint… Continue reading Seberg

Barry Gordon – The World is Mine/The Pop Recordings 1964-1971

There’s a long history of important songs being tucked away in weird reissues. The best Sex Pistols compilation is a Netherlands release that looks more like another bootleg full of live tracks. There was a long stretch when the only decent Archies collection was a German import with painfully inept and unauthorized artwork. Two brilliant… Continue reading Barry Gordon – The World is Mine/The Pop Recordings 1964-1971

Tommy Roe

Tommy Roe: The Original Cabbagetown Kid Throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, an impressive array of talents called the Atlanta area home, from rock ’n’ roll originators (Piano Red and the recently departed Beverly “Guitar” Watkins) to future country music superstars (Bill Anderson, Jack Greene, Mac Davis, Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed). Yet few more proudly represented… Continue reading Tommy Roe

Hot Tuna

Golden State: Hot Tuna are Still Torching Stages Fifty Years In Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna in 1969 while ascending with Jefferson Airplane. Currently with drummer Justin Guip, Hot Tuna is a raw and powerful electric rock ‘n’ blues beast. Although the “Rampage Years” of the ’70s… Continue reading Hot Tuna

David Crosby: Remember My Name

David Crosby has proudly spent years admitting that he has to preemptively apologize to anyone who comes up with a story of having met him during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. A documentary about all of those moments would be pretty great. Remember My Name is a little different, but still provides plenty of entertainment as the… Continue reading David Crosby: Remember My Name

Bakersfield’s Honky-Tonk History Boxed

The California honky-tonk hotbed of Bakersfield represents more than just a launching pad for Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, as celebrated by Bear Family’s 10-CD box set, The Bakersfield Sound, 1940-1974. The 307 song compilation spans from early field recordings of migrant workers and radio appearances by Western Swing pioneers Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys to… Continue reading Bakersfield’s Honky-Tonk History Boxed

Atlanta International Pop Festival 1969, Part 1

Changing Perceptions: Six Weeks Before Woodstock, the First Atlanta International Pop Festival Brought a Similar (and Some Might Say Better) Experience to Georgia. Bobby Moore Tracks Down Participants for a Fond Look Back During his speech at the Tabernacle’s Jan. 9, 2016 memorial service for longtime business partner Alex Cooley, Atlanta-based concert promoter Peter Conlon… Continue reading Atlanta International Pop Festival 1969, Part 1

Atlanta International Pop Festival 1969, Part 2

Things got better once Artigue and friends arrived at the Atlanta International Raceway – a place where like-minded outcasts gathered and, for one weekend only, cops turned a blind eye to unscrupulous behavior. “That was the first place I ever really got high on pot. I was trying hard in New Orleans, but that was… Continue reading Atlanta International Pop Festival 1969, Part 2

Echo in the Canyon

Rock ‘n’ roll is at its most vulnerable when searching for relevance. But I’m willing to give it a pass if it “shows” me the connection and doesn’t simply “tell” me it’s relevant. In the late 1960s, San Francisco had The Haight, but Los Angeles had Laurel Canyon, a canopied forest a skip west of… Continue reading Echo in the Canyon

Tommy James

MANALAPAN, NJ - JUNE 12: Tommy James performs at the 2010 Under The Stars Celebration at the Manalapan Recreation Center on June 12, 2010 in Manalapan, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Tommy James

Tommy James: Doin’ His Thing and Singin’ His Songs There’s a Tommy James song, be it with The Shondells in the ‘60s or as a solo artist in the ‘70s, representing most pop-rock offshoots from the singer’s commercial heyday. The teenage garage rocker and “Hanky Panky” performer went on to record textbook examples of frat-house… Continue reading Tommy James

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation

I saw the best minds of my generation shrivel to irrelevance, forced to rely on Wall Street, lawyers, the American military and upstate New York Republicans to salvage a poorly planned, shoddily executed mud pit of delusion on par with Guyana. With roads blocked from what was expected to be 20,000 attendees but turned out… Continue reading Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation

Halston

378283 03: 5/2/77 New York, NY. Fashion designer Halston (l) with Bianca & Mick Jagger at Studio 54 for Bianca's birthday party. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images & Online USA)

Roy Halston, arguably the most successful single name in fashion, started out as a milliner, creating customized hats including Jackie Kennedy’s pill box. Director Federic Tcheng spends little time on his Iowa background, choosing to begin with the new morality movement in the mid 1960s when Halston met such friends as director Joel Schumacher on… Continue reading Halston

The Southern Soul Singles of Lee Moses Compiled

Few details are known about Atlanta native Lee Moses’s life. He fronted the Royal Peacock’s house band The Showstoppers in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. He worked as a session musician in New York City in the latter half of the ‘60s, and recorded a handful of obscure soul/R&B sides of his own. He… Continue reading The Southern Soul Singles of Lee Moses Compiled

Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll: My Life in Small Faces, Faces and The Who By Kenney Jones [Thomas Dunne Books] “Even to this day I still can’t properly get to grips with how quickly it all happened,” writes Kenney Jones in his new autobiography Let the Good Times Roll. “At the age of 15 I… Continue reading Let the Good Times Roll

Nobody Told Me!

Nobody Told Me! My Life with The Yardbirds, Renaissance & Other Stories By Jim McCarty with Dave Thompson [Lulu.com] Jim McCarty, drummer and founding member of The Yardbirds, offers an engrossing account of his band’s tumultuous history and succession of legendary lead guitarists (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page) in his new autobiography Nobody Told… Continue reading Nobody Told Me!

More Kicks From the Kinks Kabinet

There’s been lots of Kinks news lately, but it’s all been positive, so that’s fine with us! And here’s more. First up, a 50th Anniversary Edition of the band’s beloved 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society will be issued on October 26. Various configurations of the re-release will be available, from… Continue reading More Kicks From the Kinks Kabinet

Nico 1988

There was no other voice like hers. Alluring in its detached European iciness, it seemed to reflect and radiate sadness, and yet it also evoked vulnerability and carried a strange soothing quality. Later in her life, after years of smoking, drugging and boozing had taken their toll, it could also unintentionally approximate the tortured moans… Continue reading Nico 1988

The Hard Stuff

The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 & My Life of Impossibilities By Wayne Kramer [Da Capo Press] From its inception, rock ’n’ roll has always been an outsider art form. So of course, there has never been any shortage of rowdy, rough and ready rockers pushing the proverbial envelopes. Rock ’n’ roll is (or… Continue reading The Hard Stuff

Been So Long

Been So Long: My Life and Music By Jorma Kaukonen [St. Martin’s Press] “Being a touring musician is not for everyone. It’s not even for every musician,” says Jorma Kaukonen in his new autobiography. For over 50 years, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen has been on the road. First with his local teenage Washington DC bands, then… Continue reading Been So Long