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The Band in Once Were Brothers

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band — Truth Or Whitewash?

I recently saw Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, in a theater, and given the givens, I hope it will be placed on one of the TV streaming services soon.  I know it’s due to air on Canada’s Crave network but not sure when. I feel funny writing a blog without first … Continue reading Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band — Truth Or Whitewash?

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Grammy Award

Grammy Scandal: What Happened to Music’s Biggest Night?

In the wake of the recent Grammy scandal (if you’re not up on it, keep reading), we must ask ourselves… how did it happen? And what does a Grammy even mean anymore? In 1969 when I first started in the music business, the two big award shows were the Oscars and the Grammy Awards.  As … Continue reading Grammy Scandal: What Happened to Music’s Biggest Night?

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Bill Wyman The Quiet One Poster crop

Bill Wyman The Quiet One – An Extraordinary Film With A Remarkable Perspective

I’ve just seen the most remarkable rock documentary, which I think may be my favorite so far.  Bill Wyman’s, The Quiet One, available on Amazon and a few other streaming services. I am actually writing this review on an airplane flying home from visiting family in southern California for Thanksgiving, and I’ve literally just seen … Continue reading Bill Wyman The Quiet One – An Extraordinary Film With A Remarkable Perspective

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David Crosby Remember My Name

David Crosby: Remember My Name – Melancholy Movie

Usually “Must See” appears at the beginning of my description of music films or documentaries I write about. I have to admit — I can’t say that about Remember My Name.  Not that it isn’t interesting, or that you won’t learn some cool things about David Crosby by watching it. But overall, it doesn’t possess the … Continue reading David Crosby: Remember My Name – Melancholy Movie

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Echo in the Canyon documentary

Echo In The Canyon – Mighty Big Echo!

This extraordinary film is a must see.  The trailer (you can watch it below) will immediately get you hooked. Laurel canyon, for those that don’t know, is a central thoroughfare that runs from the Sunset Strip up through the Hollywood Hills to Mulholland Drive and then down again, pouring out into the San Fernando Valley.  … Continue reading Echo In The Canyon – Mighty Big Echo!

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Concert promoter Bill Graham

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is a traveling exhibit now on display at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.  I was invited to attend the opening ceremony in which there was a panel discussion about Bill’s early years and some of the more memorable moments and concerts he promoted.  Many of … Continue reading Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

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Judas Priest

Rob Halford and the Secret Lives of Metal Gods

I was perusing CDJ, when I spied a great interview with Rob Halford by my old friend Jim Villanueva.  New music by iconic veterans is most always something to shout about.  The idea of always “becoming” keeps an artist fresh and vibrant.  A metal Christmas album is perfect, and Celestial delivers on all fronts.  The … Continue reading Rob Halford and the Secret Lives of Metal Gods

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Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue

Reliving The Rolling Thunder Revue — More Bob Dylan Revealed

The Rolling Thunder Revue documentary by Martin Scorsese is a fabulous piece of music history as it captures a time when pure art was celebrated, when art was what the counter-culture musicians of the 60’s and 70’s were striving for.  And when that counter-culture found a mass audience in the Baby Boomer generation, even the … Continue reading Reliving The Rolling Thunder Revue — More Bob Dylan Revealed

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