BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 9 – introduced by Riccardo Chailly

Gramophone magazine: The Italian conductor believes that, in his final symphony, Beethoven reached beyond humanity. My connection with this symphony goes back to my time at the Milan Conservatory, but I never dared to conduct such a masterpiece until 1990, when I was the Music Director at the Musicale Communale in Bologna. I started conducting […]

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NIRVANA: How did Nevermind change American music?

Lance LaSalle writes … It didn’t change music, it changed popular culture. Suddenly certain fashions and styles of music that were confined to rather limited social underground scenes became fashionable. At the time, I was wearing a lot of hand-me-down flannel shirts; I had a pointy chin beard and I had questionable hygiene. I deliberately […]

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RINGO: Is “Love Me Do” indeed The Beatles song that has been the Achilles’ heel to Ringo’s drumming style, as has been purported?

John Strickland writes … Here is an interesting backstory on the recording of “Love Me Do,” and it is quoted from the following source: “There were two songs in contention for the single A side: Love Me Do and a song that George Martin preferred, How Do You Do It?, which was not a Beatles […]

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MC5: Tony Besgrove suggests that you Stay Alive with The MC5

In the late sixties, earning their spurs at the legendary Grande Ballroom in Detroit alongside The Stooges as a house band, the MC5 blasted their way into my affections, producing some of the loudest, baddest, heavy rock music ever heard at that time.  Having given their support to a left wing, anarchist movement called the […]

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LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: The 2003 concert in Boston – Tony Besgrove comments

Every few years, the music and guitar magazines run their ‘best guitar solo’ poll, and every year it is topped by either Dave Gilmour’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ or Don Felder’s & Joe Walsh’s ‘Hotel California’ solos – all magnificent pieces of guitar artistry. However, here’s one that seems to have been forgotten, but in my view […]

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THE CHURCH: The Unguared Moment. Tony Besgrove’s discusses

The Church were (and still are) a relatively unknown Australian band – at least outside of their home country. In 1981 they released their debut album, ‘Of Skins And Heart’. One track on that album became their first Australian top ten 45 – ‘The Unguarded Moment’. The Los Angeles Times described the band’s music as […]

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MODERN LIFE IS WAR: Tony Besgrove suggests that you consider investigating

“We’re Modern Life Is War from Marshalltown, Iowa!” So begins every gig played by this band. This is the signal that initiates a stage invasion and subsequent mass crowd surfing – with hyped-up fans hurling themselves over the heads of others and seemingly unconcerned over the consequences should that body of fans in the audience […]

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PRINCE: Purple Rain. Tony Besgrove’s opinion

Updated with new links 21/06/18 Many Prince You Tube videos get taken down pretty quickly, but for the moment you can view the performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8raPqu-6Gw and for those in a hurry a crudely edited truncated version of the guitar solo may be seen at:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANn8Y1p-DfA. —//— The first time I saw this performance on […]

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RAMONES: …… and then there were none writes Tony Besgrove

I couldn’t let the passing away of the last remaining member of the original Ramones lineup go by without putting pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard, then). On July 11th. Tommy Ramone, drummer, died from cancer. He followed in the footsteps of Joey (vocals, d.2001), Dee Dee (bass/vocals d.2002), and Johnny (guitar, d.2004) More […]

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