Monthly Archives: August 2017

Money for nothing? concert tix ain’t what they used to be…you know, free….

“We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969…” – Don Henley, Glen Frey, Don Felder, “Hotel California” “It’s is a free concert from now on…” – John Morris, announcer, Woodstock, 1969 Let me begin by affirming what many already know … Continue reading

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I Feel Fine: John Lennon, rule breaker…

“That’s me completely. Including the electric guitar lick and the record with the first feedback anywhere. I defy anybody to find a record – unless it’s some old blues record in 1922 – that uses feedback that way. I mean, everybody played … Continue reading

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Toward a geography of rock: part 3, the South – looking backward to go forward…

Joke told around Harvard Yard: “Q: How many Southerners does it take to change a light bulb? A: Five – one to change the bulb and four more to talk about how great the old bulb was.” Southerners are, if … Continue reading

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Honey Pie: Paul McCartney, music hall crooner

“Both John and I had a great love for music hall, what the Americans call vaudeville… I very much liked that old crooner style, the strange fruity voice that they used, so Honey Pie was me writing one of them … Continue reading

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Twilight of the gods: a musicologist considers the work of the Beatles…

(citing George Harrison describing Beatle music): “‘It’s true, but it’s still a joke…. It’s serious and it’s not serious.’ This seems to me perhaps the truest and most touching quality of Beatle music….” – Wilfrid Mellers Wilfrid Mellers was a … Continue reading

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Toward a geography of rock: part 2, the Northeast – art, money, and soul…

“Out of some subway scuttle, cell or loft A Bedlamite speeds to thy parapets, Tilting there momently, shrill shirt ballooning, A jest falls from the speechless caravan.” – Hart Crane (Read part 1 here) The Northeast, as any American knows, … Continue reading

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Hey Bulldog: John Lennon, rocker…

“I remember ‘Hey Bulldog’ as being one of John’s songs and I helped him finish it off in the studio, but it’s mainly his vibe. – Paul McCartney “Paul said we should do a real song in the studio, to … Continue reading

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