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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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Elvis Costello Columbia Records 1977 publicity photo

Laurel Canyon, The Byrds, Elvis Costello and My Rickenbacker Guitar

I recently watched the new docu-series Laurel Canyon.  If you enjoyed Echo in The Canyon (which I thought was extraordinary), Laurel Canyon is a great follow-up.  It’s a two-part television documentary and gives a much broader view of that legendary Laurel Canyon music scene. It includes many more artists than Echo and I learned a … Continue reading Laurel Canyon, The Byrds, Elvis Costello and My Rickenbacker Guitar

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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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