What did classical composers say about the Beatles?

Thomas J. Beaver, Classical musician and rock musician, fanatic of the 60s/70s replies ……. The famous 20th century classical musician/composer Leonard Bernstein, long-time conductor/director of The New York Philharmonic (and composer of the musical “West Side Story, and the operetta “Candide”) liked the Fab Four too! Bernstein’s daughter, who was 6 when Beatlemania hit the […]

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SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: Who was responsible for the split ?

DANIEL HARRIS WRITES … Who is responsible for the break up of a relationship, the person who finally gave up and walked out, or the other person? While Simon & Garfunkel started out as school chums performing together since their early teens, by the time of their Grammy winning final studio album, their philosophies on […]

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MUSICAL ENGAGEMENT: What is a band whose music you just don’t get?

TODD BARTHOLOMEW WRITES … I think David MIchaels pretty much nailed it. Taste is subjective and a matter of opinion. There have been a lot of popular bands where I just don’t get the appeal or popularity. I don’t disparage them because I know how hard the artistic process can be. Tastes change and evolve […]

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Did Jimi Hendrix enjoy his fame?

ALEX DAVIES … On the whole, I would say no. When Jimi Hendrix was presented by Chas Chandler in England, it must have been an overwhelming experience. Before September 1966, Hendrix had spent most of his working life, broke and sleeping outside doorways etc. Then once in London, Jimi settled into more plush surroundings. Everything […]

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BADFINGER: What happened to them

HAROLD PHILLIP BENSON … Badfinger was a Welsh/Irish group that started out as the Iveys in 1961. They became the first group signed by Apple in 1968 and renamed themselves “Badfinger” after an earlier incident when John Lennon was in the studio, recording with his mates on piano the song “With a Little Help from […]

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Can you think of a musician or band that went 30+ years without a loss in the quality of their music?

LELAND SHENFIELD … OK, A lot of these answers are individuals. Let’s try a BAND that plays one of the HIGHEST QUALITY and most DIFFICULT styles of music: Progressive Rock. Let’s talk: RUSH. Rush 1976. Double doublenecks. Crazy, I know, but needed for the songs that they used them on, because they are crazy. Rush […]

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Is music ever worthy of your FULL attention?

Originally published here 2014 Steve Guttenberg writes: A couple of weeks ago Geoffrey Morrison and I wrote about listening to music from totally opposite perspectives. He started with “Music multitasking: How ‘background’ listening enhances life,” and I countered with “To listen to music or not: That is the question.” Apparently, we’re not done; on Wednesday […]

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HEAVY METAL: What album made you a heavy metal fan?

ROY TRUAX … This one… Turned 13 that year. Was ripe for something (anything really) that made-up for boring radio friendly noise polluting the airwaves. ’76 was a great year for… denim bell-bottoms. Starland Vocal Band, Dr. Hook, The Captain and Tennille and other glorified Holiday Inn circuit acts where inescapable!!! Not everything was utterly […]

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Why aren’t saxophones made of wood?

GERAINT HALL … Saxophones can be made out of wood (I looked on YouTube) but usually (and traditionally) they are not, they are made out of brass. Prince Chokorda and his wooden saxophone Wooden saxophone Wooden Saxophone — Bart Hopkin (this one doesn’t look like a saxophone but still sounds like one) Thoughts on the […]

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Is it true that Miles Davis liked what Jimi Hendrix was doing and that Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis planned/discussed to record/play together?

ALEX JOHNSTON … Yes. Miles was supposedly introduced to Hendrix’s music by his then-wife, Betty, née Mabry, who was a figure on the counter-cultural scene at the time: a model, a singer, a DJ and a general scenemaker. Betty and Miles’ marriage didn’t last very long. Sources disagree as to why it ended: one version […]

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What albums were virtually ignored when first released but eventually became big sellers and are considered among the greatest of all time?

DIMITRI KEN: From a fringe musician to a superstar of Hip Hop: Let me tell you about this French guy, I mean, this genius: guy, I mean, this genius: This is Alain Mion, a Jazz Funk pianist. Back in the 70s, he formed a group named Cortex, and they released 3 albums between 1975 and […]

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Who was the music band Vanilla Fudge?

R J HOLLAND … Huge, tough, heavy rock band in the late sixties with some of the best musicians in the business. Tim Bogert, bass guitar and vocals Vince Martell lead guitar and vocals Mark Stein Hammond organ and vocals Carmine Appice drum and vocals. Their sound was big; thunderous drums, the wailing Hammond organ, […]

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OSIBISA: Q&A

Q1: What does Osibisa mean? The name Osibisa was described in lyrics, album notes and interviews as meaning “criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness” but it actually comes from “osibisaba” the Fante word for highlife. Q2: What does Woyaya mean? Woyaya means “we keep going” in a Ghanaian language called Ga.

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DYLAN: How close is Bob Dylan to his children, and do they ever collaborate on music together?

Amy Christa Ernano, lifelong rock & roll fan, sometime singer Only one of Dylan’s 6 (known) children, Jakob, is a musician, and no, they have never collaborated on music. As far as I know, Jakob had a hard enough time distinguishing himself as a musician in his own right, as opposed to being “Bob Dylan’s […]

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NOTORIUS: What rock albums are notorious for the band members all recording their tracks in separate and isolated sessions before the final mix?

Rocci Disopa, former Recording Engineer Without a doubt…”Synchronicity” by The Police. 1983’s LP by the English band ‘The Police’ was its zenith. The totally organized chaos that became the biggest Rock band in the world, had humble beginnings. Yet they somehow managed to put aside those huge egos and big frustrations, and record one dominant […]

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MUSIC THERAPY: What is it?

As human beings, music plays a fundamental role in our identity, culture, heritage and spiritual beliefs. It is a powerful medium which can affect us all deeply.  Playing a musical instrument, being part of a choir or in a band, listening to music – these are all ways in which we can engage in music. […]

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