How did a man of Morton’s considerable talents, a man who recognized the ways that popular music evolved and changed, a well-dressed dandy with all the canny instinct of a carny, come to end his days in this way? Did he really invent jazz, as the now-infamous business cards he carried claimed? What exactly is the truth behind this enigmatic and fascinating figure?
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“Jeff Beck is my all time favorite guitarist. Now what can I say?” -John McLaughlin-
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The artists who worked with Thom Bell generally benefitted from his expertise
Continue reading Thom Bell’s Quiet Storm
Keith Levene founded punk bands Flowers of Romance and The Clash, ultimately forming Public Image Ltd. (PiL) with John Lydon .
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On Rebel Yell, BIlly Idol takes us on a wild ride down the freeway of goth, new wave, and Keith Forsey’s electronic pop.
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While prowling the shops in search of The Cramps, I began to notice a couple of records by a guy named Robert Gordon in the cut out bins.
Continue reading Robert Gordon & My Life in the Cut Out Bins
The more that you listen to Pharoah Sanders’ entire output, the more you realize that he was that rare natural musician who simply pulled what he was playing out of the wind.
Continue reading Pharoah Sanders Remembered
As Bob Dylan publishes his book The Philosophy of Modern Song, it’s worth noting that he has been studying the work of other songwriters for much of his career.
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Their best, and maybe the most interesting glam-influenced record of all time
Continue reading Mott the Hoople: Mott (1973)