Business: BMG Acquires Majority of ARC, Chess Records’ Publishing Arm, which means they own all those epic early Chuck Berry songs. Which means nothing sucks bigger than the music business. A cesspool of artist screwing cesspoolness. And you wonder why Chuck insisted on cash upfront.
Death: In one of the weirdest months of death, on top of the huge mass of loss add the Eagle’s guitarist Glenn Frey (here) and Kevin Junior, frontman for the indie band Chamber Strings, James R. Fonseca, session rhythm guitarist, Mott The Hoople drummer Dale Griffin, Latin Songwriter & Producer Pablo Manavello.
Racism: Spike Lee and Jake Plunkett Smith are boycotting the Oscars because of the lack of black nominees. Wow, bad sports or what? Meanwhile, Chris Rock facing pressure to drop out of MCing the Oscars, till the Academy adds Will Smith for “Concussion”.
Recorded: The Eagles had one masterpiece, the blue cover Greatest Hits, and several additional great songs after, commiseration to those who loved them for Glenn Frey dieing and, yes, I did go back to the blue, which couldn’t stand up better. PS I have moved on to the Baaba Maal album.
Live: Go see your heroes before they die.
The Race For The Presidency: Does Hillary Clinton have no political instincts? She should have put Obama away in 08 and should have put Sanders away last year. She just doesn’t know how to do it.
Sports: 8th-Seeded Venus Williams Loses in First Round at Australian Open, proving you can’t fight time however great you are.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – September 1985 (Volume 17, Number 4)
Rock ‘n’ roll is dead. We’re just dancin’ on its grave
Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 3-17-23 – 3-23-22
a coming of age for modern Arabic pop and not Arabic Sahara garage
Back in 2009 We Went To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum New York Annex Here Is Our Report (Before Its Abrupt Closure!!)
kids picking out songs on guitars and discovering they too can do it
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – August 1985 (Volume 17, Number 3)
squirming around on her back like she’d just received a double dose of injectable pig wormer
Money, Money, Money: Buying Tickets In 2023
one of the worst endings to a major concert
Sharon Van Etten At The Troubadour, Sunday March 19th 2023
“I always dreamed of playing the Troubadour”
Single by Single review Of Paul McCartney’s The 7″Singles Box Reviewed
a master of melody and less so a master of genre
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1985 (Volume 17, Number 2)
Bill Holdship’s piece on Prince is excellent