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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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BRIAN MAY (from Queen) seems like a remarkable human in every way. What’s your best Brian May story?

Violet Zann There are many, but there’s one in particular that I recently discovered and I’d love to share. In 2012 Brian bought 121 acres of land that were about to be developed into building, and planted over 100,000 trees there with help from volunteers. It’s now a thriving woodland called “May’s Woods”. 15.4K viewsView […]

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GRAND FUNK LOST IMMORTALS: Did this ’70s rock group disappear in the realm of mediocrity?

Bob Smith writes … The band began as a trio back in 1969 and took their name from a railroad company that had a line running through their home town of Flint, Michigan. The band saw tremendous popularity in the early 1970’s quickly becoming a well recognized band. By 1971 the band was selling out […]

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BLACKBIRD: What is the story behind the song Blackbird by the Beatles?

Todd Lowry, Arranged “The Complete Beatles” for publication at Hal Leonard LLC (1986) “Blackbird” was written by and solely recorded by Paul McCartney. The acoustic guitar part is based on “Bourree in E Minor” by J.S. Bach. Other than his voice and his Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, the only other sounds on the recording are […]

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SHORT LIVED: Who are the best band members who left after only 1 or 2 albums?

Thom Harmand writes … Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, and Michael Giles from King Crimson – The lineup (except for Fripp and lyricist Pete Sinfield) was in flux for awhile.: From Wilipedia: After their first US tour, King Crimson was in a state of flux with various line-up changes, thwarted tour plans, and difficulties in finding […]

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BILL HALEY: Why didn’t any of the big 50s rock & rollers acknowledge him? They did covers of each others’ songs but never one of his.

John Howard Sr writes … Just off the top of my head, I can think of two reasons. First, Bill Haley was white. Many radio stations simply would not play songs by black artists, even if the songs were big hits. A large number of record producers and managers took advantage of this by having […]

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IRON BUTTERFLY: What happened?

Bob Smith writes … In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida . Anyone familiar with Iron Butterfly will recognize that as the bands most recognized song , clocking in at an astounding 17 minutes in it’s unedited form. But first things first. The early prog rock group Iron Butterfly formed in 1966 following the various band members stints in other groups […]

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THREE DOG NIGHT: Whatever happened to this classic 60s and 70s rock group?

Bob Smith says … What a cool band name. Three Dog Night whose name hopefully needs no explanation to most of you, formed in 1967 with the primary lineup being Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. Jimmy Greenspoon, Joe Schermie, Michael Allsup and Floyd Sneed soon rounded out the group and they were set. […]

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THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: What happened?

Henry Hrebien writes … The Strawberry Alarm Clock………think about it. The…… Strawberry…… Alarm…… Clock. Now, what a bizarre name for a band. It seems kind of pseudo psychedelic as if the person who dreamed up this name never took acid but came up with a title after surmising what a psychedelic experience must be like […]

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THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL: Whatever happened to them?

Erich Ising: The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American rock band which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. Founded in New York City in 1965 by lead-singer/songwriter John Sebastian and guitarist Zal Yanovsky, it is best known for a number of hits which include “Summer in the City”, “Do You Believe In Magic”, “Did You Ever […]

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OSIBISA: Howard Popeck interviews Gregg Kofi Brown: Lead vocals, bass, guitar, compos. Part 1 of 3 – in the recording studio

Hi Gregg. Thank you so much for agreeing to this. So jumping right in … Q: Where do your affections lie; is it vinyl, CD, Radio, live gigs? A. Playing live is my passion. It’s the one thing I missed during the pandemic, although I was able to record some live performances for social media. […]

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What is the sound at the beginning of “I Put a Spell on You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival?

BOB SMITH: Oooh good question as the sounds are very hard to identify, but thankfully John Fogerty explained this and more in his 2015 autobiography. The song is a cover of a “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins song from 1956 done by Creedence ClearWater for their self titled album in 1968. In an attempt to create a […]

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