Successful artists feel constant commercial pressure to repeat their sales success – a pressure that can make any artist choose a safe route. …so we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly […]
I Wanna Be Your Man…Beatles or Stones?
If what Lennon says is true, “I Wanna Be You Man” has a special place in rock history. “It was a throwaway. The only two versions of the song were Ringo and […]
Lost Highway: Peter Guralnick’s search for the roots of roots music – part 3, there are no losers in music…
Authenticity. Music. Freedom. Whether you’re Elvis Presley or Sleepy LaBeef, if you can have the courage to follow Sam Phillip’s advice, you can’t be a loser. “You can be a nonconformist and […]
Michelle hearts Dubya: the well-timed rehabilitation of George Bush
President Donald is doing a great job of making America miss George W. Bush. And now Michelle Obama and the “liberal” media are chipping in. Barf. First there was the hubbub back […]
Peter Guralnick’s search for the roots of roots music: the curse of being a critics’ darling
Guralnick’s Lost Highway runs smack through the heart of Nashville’s Music Row – as with corporate Pop, Country & Western has always been about sales and little else… “‘Outlaw’ is the word […]
I Want to Hold Your Hand…and then, America….
It was the first Beatles record I bought, but it wasn’t my favorite Beatles song. “We wrote a lot of stuff together, one-on-one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in ‘I Want To Hold […]
Lost Highway: Peter Guralnick’s search for the roots of roots music – part 1, fame and its discontents
Being an artist is hard; being a successful artist is even harder. “You see, from the honky tonks you got such a mixture of all different types of music, and I think […]
George Harrison’s Don’t Bother Me…and then there were three….
And so The Beatles acquired a third great songwriter… “‘Don’t Bother Me’ I wrote in a hotel in Bournemouth, where we were playing a summer season in 1963, as an exercise to […]
The Fool on the Hill… McCartney’s ode to differentness
In “The Fool on the Hill” McCartney was writing about the Maharishi. And perhaps himself. “He never listens to them… He knows that they’re the fools” – Paul McCartney Here’s the thing about […]
Trump’s Mainstream Media Accountability Survey will leave you speechless
This methodological tour de force is a triumph in honesty, objectivity and good faith. Bigly. You should reply in kind. I’ll keep this brief. Donald has a poll up asking for your honest opinion […]