I was reading our own web platform, Classics Du Jour, about the “10 Lesser Known Facts About Joni Mitchell…” and at the end was a “related” story about Chris Hillman. I clicked on that and discovered the new Chris Hillman album produced by Tom Petty! I’ve always felt that CDJ served a very meaningful purpose, … Continue reading Rediscovering Chris Hillman
Jerry Garcia – “Music should be holy. When it becomes a business and the music is designed to make money, then the music doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do.” That is a mouthful, and a statement that a philosophy major, like myself could write a term paper on. But don’t worry I won’t be … Continue reading Explaining The Grateful Dead
Much has been written over the years about Paul McCartney and John Lennon and their songwriting abilities, both separate and as a team. At first, they seemed to be the ones that most people talked about when it came to the discussion of who were the most important Beatles. But as George Harrison’s wonderful solo … Continue reading George Harrison — The Beatles’ Secret Sauce And So Much More!
Losing Leonard Cohen is a big one. I had the honor and the pleasure of working with him at Columbia Records off and on for many years. I was so taken by his art that I used to carry a big blue book of poems he had written and every day I would just flip … Continue reading Fond Memories Of The Great Leonard Cohen
by Paul Rappaport This post will be a little different as I usually wouldn’t write about something this personal, but I know all the guitar players out there will especially like it. 😉 When I’m not playing with Pink Floyd (ha, ha), I love playing blues in jam sessions and sometimes playing out with friends’ … Continue reading My New Les Paul Guitar: A Personal Journey
In September of 2011, CDJ’s Paul Rappaport met with David Gilmour on the legendary musician’s house boat/recording studio, Astoria, to discuss the making of Pink Floyd’s 9th studio album Wish You Were Here. Watch the interview in full below. Released on September 12, 1975 Wish You Were Here quickly reached the top of the record … Continue reading David Gilmour Discusses “Wish You Were Here” with CDJ’s Paul Rappaport
In September 2011, David Gilmour sat down with Classics Du Jour’s Paul Rappaport to discuss Pink Floyd‘s epic album, Dark Side of the Moon. Watch the video below. You might also like:David Gilmour Discusses ‘The Wall’ with CDJ’s Paul RappaportDavid Gilmour Discusses ‘Wish You Were Here’ with CDJ’s Paul Rappaport
For years people have been after me to write a book—not so much for my ego, but to capture the freewheeling times of the music business when creativity and fun were the mantra before it all became about big business and sales targets. Here then, are some fantastic stories that I call: AMAZING TALES From … Continue reading AMAZING TALES From The Record Biz–You Can’t Make This Shit UP!
It never fails. In this business you eat a late lunch but then have to run to catch a show. You get there in time to meet the band but then the show starts and you’re starving. Dressing room food is usually meager as best. Tonight I tried my luck at the Best Buy Theater … Continue reading Sun Chips, Gummy Bears, and the Blue Oyster Cult!
The week of September 26th is officially “Why Pink Floyd?” week. The pig will fly once again over the Battersea Power Station, Nick Mason and Roger Waters will guest with other cool musicians on the Jimmy Fallon show, radio stations all over the country will be doing huge Pink Floyd Promotions, Redbeard’s In The Studio … Continue reading Pink Floyd – Part I
Simms was on the roof again. Ronald Simms was a tall lanky friend of mine sporting a floppy, sandy colored hairdo. He had just started in the mailroom and I could relate as a lot of us had begun our careers doing a stint in the ol’ mailroom. Even though I was on the fourth … Continue reading Aerosmith Airplanes