Category Archives: Music

That Morning

Turned on the radio that morning to hear the words, “…but the former Beatle died at the hospital.” WHAT? Which one? FOR THE LUVVA CHRIST, WHICH ONE? The gap between one sentence and the next was an eternity. “Lennon was … Continue reading

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A Band Leader Arrived In Hell

…and beamed with pride to hear his music playing nonstop on the house PA. “What an honor that you play this for my arrival,” he exclaimed to the Devil. “For your arrival?” replied Satan. “We play this every day!” Mitch … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Tuli Kupferberg

Poet, provocateur, and founder of a fondly-remembered band with a misspelled name: Tuli Kupferberg, Poet and Singer, Dies at 86 New York Times, July 12, 2010 Tuli Kupferberg, the poet, singer and professional bohemian who went from being a noted … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Just F-F-Fade Away

It seems that blogs, like rangers, do start getting old. Well, this one is going to take Pete Townshend’s advice. I’m not saying there will never be any more posts here. If the dogs do something especially cute or the … Continue reading

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As Pete Says

Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Roger Daltrey: the greatest rock band ever. Turn up the sound and press “Play.” Go on. Just do it.

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The Day The Music Revived

Okay, that’s an oversimplification, but there’s no question that the arrival of the Beatles transformed rock immensely, and put some spark back into a scene which had fallen into a Tin Pan Alley rut. And it was forty-five years ago … Continue reading

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"A Long, Long Time Ago"

Putting things in perspective: Don McLean’s American Pie was number one on the singles charts in January, 1972. That was thirteen years after the Clear Lake plane crash. It’s been thirty-seven years since American Pie. Now don’t you feel old?

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The World Is A Better Place Today

Billy Zantzinger is no longer in it. Billy Zantzinger: slumlord, tax cheat, drug peddler, killer. The “William Zanzinger,” sans T, of Bob Dylan song: William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie CarrollWith a cane that he twirled around his diamond ring fingerAt … Continue reading

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Sometimes Things Sneak Up On You

Day before yesterday, it was twenty years since Roy Orbison died. Twenty years. Holy crap.

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Insert “Choked On Vomit” Joke Here

… the Jimi Hendrix Experience is officially over. Funny thing about being a blogging boomer: looks like “One of my musical heroes has left the building” is going to be a dependable subject line for the foreseeable future. Bummer. Jimi … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Cohen

You know, these days, if Suzanne offered me oranges that came all the way from China, well, with that melamine scandal and all, I think I’d find a way to politely decline. “Just had a big breakfast, but thanks so … Continue reading

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The Best Dylan Cover Ever

Now that the good guys have won, how about a non-political post? In which the late Jimi Hendrix proves he can play guitar better than anyone else in the universe and chew gum at the same time:

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