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!

Rory Gallagher Gets a Career Overview

Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher, admired by the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Johnny Marr, The Rolling Stones and many others, will be the subject of a career-spanning double-LP/CD anthology to be released Oct. 9. The straightforwardly titled The Best of Rory Gallagher includes material from his late ‘60s group Taste along with… Continue reading Rory Gallagher Gets a Career Overview

The Burnt Orange Heresy

There are few things more ignorant than film critics claiming Rashomon is about the relativity of objective truth. Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 drama is about absolute truth – and The Burnt Orange Heresy might be the first movie of the 21st century to properly play around with the same high concept. There’s no unreliable narrator in this story about an art… Continue reading The Burnt Orange Heresy

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

Cherie Currie & Brie Darling

Motivating Factors: Female Rock Trailblazers Cherie Currie and Brie Darling Team Up Not too many musicians earn iconic status in their own right, but then also get to create music with one of the legends who inspired them – but that’s exactly what’s happened with Cherie Currie. She became famous while still a teenager in… Continue reading Cherie Currie & Brie Darling

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

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

Charlie Pickett

Charlie Pickett Will See You In Miami The Club Downunder in Tallahassee was a low-ceiling, dingy afterthought of a club below the cafeteria on the campus of Florida State University. It was also, in the early years of the ’80s, the epicenter of rock ’n’ roll for the teenaged dorm dwellers and campus misfits (myself… Continue reading Charlie Pickett

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

P. P. Arnold – The Turning Tide

They sure don’t make them like they used to. In fact, sometimes they never made them at all. P. P. Arnold’s lost album The Turning Tide was made in 1969-1970 but never released…until now. Yes it was worth the wait, but such a shame this album never had the inherent impact on Arnold’s career that… Continue reading P. P. Arnold – The Turning Tide

Bettye LaVette’s Bursting with Bob

Bettye LaVette has proven to be one of the most natural, distinctive and affecting song interpreters of our time. Her soulful, unfiltered renditions are known to dig to levels heretofore unearthed, revealing a newfound power in the songs themselves and often achieving that rare feat of surpassing the originals. LaVette, 72, has dipped her toe… Continue reading Bettye LaVette’s Bursting with Bob

Altamont

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day By Joel Selvin [Dey Street/William Morrow] OK, I’m going to go ahead and assume that all you super-hip readers of Stomp and Stammer already have a pretty good idea of what went down at Altamont: A shitload of people showed… Continue reading Altamont

Stones Releasing Blues LP, Cuba Concert

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts (L-R) pose in front of The Marquee Club in London in this handout photograph received by Reuters on July 11, 2012. The picture was taken by photographer Rankin to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first ever live performance on July 12, 1962 at the iconic venue on London's Oxford Street. An exhibition of photos from Rolling Stones 50 will be held at London's Somerset House from July 13 to August 27. REUTERS/Rankin/Handout (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

The Rolling Stones have announced two noteworthy upcoming releases – a live set that demonstrate their ongoing vitality onstage, and a studio recording that strips away the pretense and simply, thrillingly pays homage to their blues inspirations. The Stones’ first studio album in over a decade, Blue & Lonesome consists of 12 rather spontaneously recorded… Continue reading Stones Releasing Blues LP, Cuba Concert

Tommy Keene – Excitement at Your Feet

Is it possible for an album to sound both totally illogical and perfectly natural? If so, Tommy Keene has threaded that needle. Without ever generating a signature song (1984’s “Places That Are Gone” probably comes closest) or a radio staple, through perseverance and chops Keene has established himself as arguably the standard-bearer for American power… Continue reading Tommy Keene – Excitement at Your Feet