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Hard times in the jungle…

“Now, what I want is Facts.  Facts alone are wanted in life…. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them.” – Charles Dickens, Hard Times “The great … Continue reading

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Hey Jude: Paul acts the peacemaker…

“He told me that he’d been thinking about my circumstances all those years ago, about what I was going through. Paul and I used to hang out a bit – more than dad and I did. We had a great … Continue reading

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Walter Becker: every word was true…

“All night long, we would sing that stupid song, and every word we sang I know was true.” – “Dr Wu,” Walter Becker, Donald Fagen Walter Becker is dead. I have to keep repeating this to myself because something in … Continue reading

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Toward a geography of rock: part 4, the West – good vibrations in a heart-shaped box…

“Any minute playing ‘Good Vibrations’ is a minute that I feel spiritually whole. I hope that any minute hearing it is the same.” – Brian Wilson “I sing and play the guitar, and I’m a walking, talking bacterial infection.” – … Continue reading

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I Me Mine: George lets go of the little i…

“I Me Mine is the ego problem. There are two ‘I’s: the little ‘i’ when people say ‘I am this’; and the big ‘I’ – i.e. duality and ego. There is nothing that isn’t part of the complete whole. When … Continue reading

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Little Richard: the ecstasy of cognitive dissonance…

“Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but I am the Queen.” – Richard Penniman Reading the “authorized” biography of Richard Penniman, i.e. Little Richard,  The Life and Times of Little Richard, is part joy, part chore. The … Continue reading

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I’m Happy Just to Dance with You: one for George…

“This one anyway was a straight co-written song for George.” – Paul McCartney “That was written for George to give him a piece of the action.” – John Lennon   Like most old musicians, my friend and lead guitarist Steve and I … Continue reading

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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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