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!

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

Peter Laughner – Peter Laughner

Ain’t it fun when you’re gonna die young? Tragedy has always been an integral component of the rock ‘n’ roll equation, having experienced its share of unsavory ODs and twisted collisions and hapless chaps simply boarding the wrong charter flight. It’s a magnet for gifted fuckups, and its history is littered with them. Peter Laughner,… Continue reading Peter Laughner – Peter Laughner

Cover Me

Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time By Ray Padgett [Sterling Publishing] The term “cover songs” comes from record labels covering their bets. If a song by some artist was a hit, then when asked if a label had a particular popular song, they could say, “We’ve got it covered,”… Continue reading Cover Me

Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World

Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World By Phyllis Fender & Randall Bell [Leadership Institute Press] “Occasionally, the world produces one of those rare thinkers that alters the course of history.” The rare thinker in this case is Leo Fender, founder of the Fender Musical Instrument Company, G&L Musical Instruments and past president… Continue reading Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World

John McLaughlin

Moved By the Spirit: On a Farewell Tour, John McLaughlin Gets His Mahavishnu Working John McLaughlin is easily one of the most influential musicians ever to take up the guitar. His boundary-pushing, holistic approach to the instrument has earned him countless accolades. He has many high-profile fans among the legion of rock guitarists, though his… Continue reading John McLaughlin

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Nearing completion, Axis: Bold as Love needed cover graphics, so Jimi Hendrix was asked, “What do you want the gatefold to look like?” and he responded, “Make it something Indian!” When he first saw the completed sleeve, his reaction was “What the fuck!” because he’d been misunderstood and the cover reflected Hindu mysticism. Now I get it,… Continue reading Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World