Todd Clouser launches Music Mission. Here’s how you can help.

Todd Clouser Patreon project

Musician Todd Clouser has launched a new project, Music Mission. He writes, I have been working with communities in need throughout the Americas – a youth orchestra in Oaxaca, a small indigenous Shipibo town in Peru, EL Faro in inner City Mexico, a community center offering world class music workshops in Chiapas – in teaching, […]

Review: The Doors Examined by Jim Cherry

The Doors Examined

The Doors Examined by Jim Cherry / Bennion Kearny Limited / paperback / 978-1909125124 / 240 pages Journalist and author Jim Cherry has a long history with rock ‘n’ roll journalism, and currently writes the column, “The Doors Examiner.” The Doors Examined includes some of those columns, along with material seen here for the first […]

Chiseled in Rock

Alvin Lee, 1975 (detail) by Jim Summaria, http://www.jimsummariaphoto.com

Literature is a morgue: I go there to identify my friends. One of them evaporated yesterday, March 6, 2013. The last pic he nailed through the ether toward me had his Woodstock cherry red 335 erecting from the lap into the skies. I was, obviously, born ten years after him, yet that tiny space in […]

Review – Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana

The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Photo credit: Deborah Feingold

Once upon a time there was pop music. You either liked what you heard or you didn’t, and you didn’t particularly care about anything else. There were other types of music other people listened to, but that wasn’t pop music. There was country and western music which was played by people who dressed funny and […]

Enter to Win a Beatles Yellow Submarine DVD!

Beatles Yellow Submarine - Giveaway

Yellow Submarine, has been digitally restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time. Bonus features for the Yellow Submarine DVD and Blu-ray include: – a short making-of documentary titled “Mod Odyssey (TRT: 7:30) – the film’s original theatrical trailer – audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann – several brief […]

Rob Wasserman, Michael McClure & Jay Lane – Music & Poetry – Sept. 12, 2013

Rob Wasserman, Michael McClure, and Jay Lane

Rob Wasserman • Michael McClure • Jay Lane New Music! Thursday, September 12th • 8:00 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941 Limited Seating • Box Office 415-388-1100 “Rob Wasserman was performing with Lou Reed — I was knocked out. Soon Rob and I were writing songs together, sometimes at […]

Review – Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison, by Judy Huddleston

Review: Love Him Madly by Judy Huddleston

Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison, by Judy Huddleston / Chicago Review Press / June 1, 2013 / 978-1613747506 / 240 pages The story begins just like many young girls’ rock star fantasies do. Judy, a high-school senior, and soon-to-be art student, develops a fascination on a charismatic rock star. One night […]

Review – How Hip Was My Alley by Kenton Crowther

How Hip Was My Alley by Kenton Crowther

[Editor's note: 5/21/2014: How Hip Was My Alley has been re-titled Dad, the Times We Had: Baby Boomers in Paradise.] Kenton Crowther’s previous volume, Alleycats and Beatsters, collected the author’s writings built on the Beat Generation and the essence of “hip.” This time out, he casts a wider net; How Hip Was My Alley gathers […]

Review – Amelita by Court Yard Hounds

Court Yard Hounds - Amelita - Review

Probably Emily Robison and Martie Maguire have been best known as two-thirds of The Dixie Chicks. But as Court Yard Hounds, the duo has created a very different sound, one which has something for their longtime country music fans, and also for listeners of other genres who enjoy beautiful harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and impressive musicianship. […]

Review – Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono by Lisa Carver

Reaching Out with No Hands - Reconsidering Yoko Ono

Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono / Lisa Carver / Backbeat Books / 2012 / 978-1617130946 The popular perceptions of Yoko Ono are often unflattering: hanger-on, untalented, unattractive, shrill, remote. Lisa Carver, herself an artist and musician, strips away perception to find the real Yoko. Carver considers the merits of Ono’s visual, written, […]