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Paul Rappaport with the Rolling Stones

Me and Mick Jagger – It’s Only Rock and Roll but I Like It

For some reason, Mick Jagger’s new solo offering with Dave Grohl, “Easy Sleazy,” is getting a bit of critical blow back, from well, critics.  Perhaps it’s because when you get so big, part of that celebrity status includes people who want to take pot shots at you to bring you down a notch.  Who knows. … Continue reading Me and Mick Jagger – It’s Only Rock and Roll but I Like It

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Finding the Silver Linings in 2020

2020 has been a rough year, to say the least. Lots of us have friends or family that have had to battle the COVID virus. Some didn’t make it. A few of my colleagues from the music industry have been amongst that count. My 95-year-old mother somehow contracted the virus in her independent living quarters. But she beat … Continue reading Finding the Silver Linings in 2020

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Eddie Van Halen

Like Picasso or Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen Was a True Original

I didn’t know Eddie Van Halen personally.  Only to say hello backstage when our Columbia Records’ band Alice In Chains opened for Van Halen on one of their big tours.  So, unlike my usual fare, I have no personal stories to tell.  Yet, I find it hard to sit back and not write about this … Continue reading Like Picasso or Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen Was a True Original

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Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President – Plus Personal Insights on Gregg Allman & Bob Dylan

I thoroughly enjoyed Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President.  I learned a lot from watching it, and I highly recommend the film which you can view on Amazon. This documentary brought back memories of more innocent times and gave a fresh look at the Carter presidency which I think is needed.  So much of what … Continue reading Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President – Plus Personal Insights on Gregg Allman & Bob Dylan

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In memoriam 2021

In Memoriam: Personal Stories with Five Greats Who Passed This Year

Watching the “In Memoriam” segment of this year’s Grammy Awards show really shook me.  Not only because we’ve lost so many great artists in the last year, but also because of how many of those artists had touched my life.  Somehow, I was lucky enough to meet and/or work with many of the people listed.  … Continue reading In Memoriam: Personal Stories with Five Greats Who Passed This Year

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Where the Ronnie Wood Doc Missed the Mark, and Why It’s Still Worth the Watch

In his recent documentary, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Ronnie Wood says he’s like Yogi Berra who once said, “If there’s a fork in the road, take it!”  That’s the Ron Wood I know.  All in, all the time.  Go-for-it full speed ahead and with a devil-may-care attitude.  Indeed, in the film he admits, “That’s … Continue reading Where the Ronnie Wood Doc Missed the Mark, and Why It’s Still Worth the Watch

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