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Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Rol

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll – Now At The Met in New York! WOW!!

One of the coolest things that happened working closely with so many great musicians while I was at Columbia Records was talking music with them and especially talking guitar with all the great players I met. The most fascinating thing was the discovery that at the end of the day, after all the fame, all … Continue reading Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll – Now At The Met in New York! WOW!!

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David Gilmour with his Black Strat

David Gilmour Guitar Auction Reveals A Lot About The Man

The first time many of us heard about David Gilmour’s overly generous philanthropy was in 2002 when he sold his beautiful London home for approximately four million pounds and handed the cash straight to Crisis, a British charity supporting the homeless.  That blew a lot of people’s minds.  Turns out that David had been giving … Continue reading David Gilmour Guitar Auction Reveals A Lot About The Man

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Paul Rappaport with Columbia Records Head of Publicity Michael Mahoney

Early 70’s Music Biz Hiring — Pretty Amusing!

The early 70’s in the music business seemed like one long party. It’s not that we didn’t do our jobs, it’s just that everything seemed very loose and carefree while we were doing them. We worked hard for sure, but then there would be an afternoon game of bowling in the hallway — stuff like … Continue reading Early 70’s Music Biz Hiring — Pretty Amusing!

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Nick Mason's Saucerful of Serets

Nick Mason, Saucerful Of Secrets – More Pink Floyd Is On The Way!!

Nick Mason’s Saucer Full Of Secrets tour will be coming to the U.S. next year.  The band, named after Pink Floyd’s second album, is an English psychedelic rock outfit formed in early 2018 by the legendary drummer, which celebrates the early music of Pink Floyd, before the release of The Dark Side Of The Moon. … Continue reading Nick Mason, Saucerful Of Secrets – More Pink Floyd Is On The Way!!

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Jim Rocky Del Balzo

Jim “Rocky” Del Balzo (September 30th 1955 – September 04, 2018) – A Best Friend, And One Of The Greatest Record Men Ever!

You’re going to want to read this, because while remembering my dear friend and colleague with whom I worked closely at Columbia Records for many years, you will also read about what could be the wildest and greatest promotion move ever in the history of rock radio promotion.  And because of this outrageous event, you … Continue reading Jim “Rocky” Del Balzo (September 30th 1955 – September 04, 2018) – A Best Friend, And One Of The Greatest Record Men Ever!

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The Rolling Stones in a promo image for the Steel Wheels tour

The Rolling Stones On Tour Again! – Some Fun Personal Insights & Stories!

As many would agree, the Rolling Stones are the last group that anyone thought would still be alive, much less touring and still playing great.  Yet, here they are in 2018 re-releasing “Ruby Tuesday” in its original mono version and touring Europe this summer.  All I can say is, God bless them.  They will probably … Continue reading The Rolling Stones On Tour Again! – Some Fun Personal Insights & Stories!

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Journey Escape and Frontiers Live in Japan on Amazon
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