Letter From LA: 04-01-2021

Bob Dylan turns 80 on May 14, 2021, and in honor of this anniversary, I’ve decided to listen to every Dylan album I can get my hands on (I have about 25 on CD and vinyl; the rest I’ll listen to via Amazon Music Unlimited); watch every documentary and feature I can get access to […]

Word Jazz

Flibberty Jib  What time is it From Word Jazz Ken Nordine · The Fred Katz Group ℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc. Released on: 1957-01-01 Associated Performer, Cello: Fred Katz Associated Performer, Woodwinds: Paul Horn Associated Performer, Guitar: John Pisano Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Jimmy Bond Associated Performer, Drums: Forest Horn Producer: Tom Mack Narrator: […]

Little Richard: ‘awopbopaloobop alopbamboom’

On the evening of May 8, 1970, I was covering a rock concert at The Grand Olympic Auditorium at 18th and Grand in Downtown Los Angeles. For years the Olympic had been home to boxing, wrestling and Roller Derby (the Los Angeles T-Birds) but from 1969 to 1970 the auditorium shared it sports events with […]

Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider dies

Electronic rock artist and noted “sound fetishist” Florian Schneider has died. The co-founder of Germany’s hugely influential Kraftwerk was 73. “Kraftwerk co-founder and electric pioneer Ralf Huetter has sent us the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few […]

Dylan Takes on JFK Assassination, Walt Whitman

In what is his longest studio song (almost 18 minutes) in his 60-year career, Bob Dylan last month released “Murder Most Foul,” an amazing epic that uses the assassination of JFK (lest you ever forget, Nov. 22, 1963) as a jumping off point to examine the highs and lows of post-innocence America. Dylan launches into […]

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