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Paul Rappaport, Mick Jagger and FM Radio Programmers

The Downside of Fame for Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and More

Willie Nelson once told me, “Paul, fame is funny thing. Some people really want it, but when it comes, they can’t handle it.” Echoing Willie, in an interview talking about Brian Jones, Mick Jagger said, “Fame doesn’t sit comfortably on anyone’s shoulders. But some people’s shoulders don’t seem to fit it on at all.” The … Continue reading The Downside of Fame for Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and More

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Eurythmics Live By Request

Rock Hall, More Questions, and Live Television with Eurythmics!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee list for 2022 was just recently released. I guess due to fan pressure, about five years ago the Hall set up an online system for fans to participate in the vote. The way it works is that the top 5 fan vote-getters are put on a single … Continue reading Rock Hall, More Questions, and Live Television with Eurythmics!

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Rock band Journey in 1981

Herbie Herbert and the Incredible Story of Journey

Recently one of the greatest managers of all-time passed away, Walter “Herbie” Herbert.  He was a valued colleague and friend to a lot of us.  Herbie is best known for creating the band Journey and shepherding the band members through many trials and tribulations to become one of the most beloved and best-selling bands of … Continue reading Herbie Herbert and the Incredible Story of Journey

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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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Are We Modern Day Blues Players Losing the Plot?

I usually don’t write many opinion pieces and definitely try to shy away from being a critic. Someone once said, “Critics are the people who come down from the mountain after the war is over and shoot the wounded.” That pretty much sums it up for me. Not that there aren’t some critics of the … Continue reading Are We Modern Day Blues Players Losing the Plot?

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Bob Dylan Bruce Springsteen

Iconic Artists Are Selling Their Catalogs, and It’s a Slippery Slope

After recently reading about David Bowie’s estate selling his song catalog to Warner Chappell Music for approximately $250 million, I thought it was high time I cover the subject of why so many classic rock artists are rushing to sell their publishing. The music world, and the world in general, was shocked not too long … Continue reading Iconic Artists Are Selling Their Catalogs, and It’s a Slippery Slope

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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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