See the Band with the Stage Fright

I’ve never been a huge fan of The Band other than whenever they were somebody’s backing group, and I at least partially hold their precedent to blame for that recent (and hopefully waning) wave of obnoxious bearded-hipster folk-rock revival acts that dress like they just returned from a Civil War battle. But I also recently… Continue reading See the Band with the Stage Fright

Comes a Time for Neil Young’s Homegrown

Originally recorded in 1974 and ’75, and described by the man himself as “the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time,” Neil Young’s album Homegrown went unreleased, unheard by the public, stored away in the vaults. Written after his breakup with actress Carrie Snodgrass, Homegrown is “the sad side of a love affair,” said… Continue reading Comes a Time for Neil Young’s Homegrown

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

Testimony

Testimony By Robbie Robertson [Crown Archetype] “Excuse me sir,” I called out. “I gotta know, how do you get that huge sound out of your amp?” He looked over at me and smiles, then closed the latches on his guitar case and walked toward the railing. His black horned-rimmed glasses looked much bigger offstage and… Continue reading Testimony