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My Top Ten Favorite Cover Versions of Chuck Berry Songs

Wow. Chuck Berry is gone. Rosanne Cash nailed it in her Instagram post: “Lights out on the Twentieth Century.” Chuck Berry changed how electric guitar is played. His song-writing was poetry for common people. He synthesized musical styles and created … Continue reading

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2016: My Year in Books

Warning: This post may be of no interest to anyone but myself. Here is my annual reflection on what I read in the past year, with a Top 16 for ’16, a list I may find myself disagreeing with by … Continue reading

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Review: NEVER A DULL MOMENT: 1971 by David Hepworth

David Hepworth’s Never A Dull Moment: 1971 claims that 1971 was the most important year in rock history. While many fans are sentimental about specific years or time spans, Hepworth makes the case that no other year has produced so much … Continue reading

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Review: THE MONKEES, Head, AND THE 60s by Peter Mills

Before we get into this book, maybe we should consider the question “What is / Who are The Monkees?” One way to answer the question is that The Monkees are four musician-actors: Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, and Davy … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Merle Haggard Songs

When I heard earlier today that Merle Haggard had passed away, I felt just terrible. I loved that guy. The best way I can think of to celebrate Merle is through his music, so what follows here is a collection of videos … Continue reading

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Review: GLEN CAMPBELL–I’LL BE ME

Although I’m about a year late to this bandwagon, maybe that can be overlooked if it brings more eyes to I’ll Be Me, the extraordinary documentary about Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve been a Glen Campbell fan for … Continue reading

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Hurray for the Performing Arts Teachers!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent time at my kids’ schools enjoying holiday performances and marveling at the quality of artistry displayed by various performing arts groups. As I watched a conductor lead a middle school orchestra through … Continue reading

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Eleven Quick Book Reviews

Here are some of my recent book reviews. All of these originally appeared in other places, in some cases in slightly different form. I hope at least one of the books in this post appeals to you! Jerry Lee Lewis: … Continue reading

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Review: SIMPLE DREAMS: A MUSICAL MEMOIR by Linda Ronstadt

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir is the story of Linda Ronstadt’s musical life, including her influences and experiences before, during, and after her reign as Queen of Rock in the 1970s. In this memoir Ronstadt doesn’t explore her relationships or … Continue reading

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Review: BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA by Sean Wilentz

Bob Dylan in America is historian Sean Wilentz’s study of how various currents and touchstones of American culture directly and indirectly affected the music of Bob Dylan. Not at all a biography, Wilentz’s book examines critical points in Dylan’s career … Continue reading

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