Program note – Showtime is premiering a documentary tonight (2/10/18) called Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. You KNOW I’m watching that. Tin Pan Alley gets its name from the tin-panny sounds of pianos that are banged and rattled there by night and day as … Continue reading Tin Pan Alley and the “Brill Building Sound”
Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in England, a seaside resort for the past couple hundred years.* It is roughly 200km northeast of London and – according to Wikipedia – has a beach, two piers and is the gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the … Continue reading Seaside Rock – The Rockers of Great Yarmouth
Ethnomusicology is the study of music in its cultural context. Ethnomusicologists approach music as a social process in order to understand not only what music is but why it is: what music means to its practitioners and audiences, and how those meanings are conveyed. —The Society for Ethnomusicology website … Continue reading Alan Lomax- Ethnomusicologist
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you doubtless know that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees for 2018 have been announced. Directly from the site: 19 ARTISTS MAKE UP THE 2018 INDUCTION BALLOT. “Of the 19, 9 are appearing on the ballot … Continue reading My Take on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees 2018
“Yeah, rock is dead. Not that it can’t come back to life, but the business is dead. If the business is dead, rock is dead. —-Gene Simmons in Rolling Stone I’m not a Kiss fan but I quote Simmons here because A) his thoughts mirror … Continue reading The State of Rock Today
Who’s saying it’s dying? Well, in case you missed it, there was an article in the Washington Post recently entitled “Why my guitar gently weeps: The slow, secret death of the six-string electric. And why you should care.” It was written by Geoff Edgers who, if … Continue reading The Death of the Electric Guitar?
This post is about a theatrical event that will only be available in the US. If it follows the pattern of the other ones I mention below it will eventually be available via other media. Fathom Events is airing a documentary at movie theaters this … Continue reading Documentary Alert – Hired Gun