Monthly Archives: June 2015

1973 – In Excess

Michael Walker defines a gray area in the history of Rock music with What You Want Is in the Limo : On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. This NPR interview gives a nice overview of the Walker’s insights.

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From Oi! to Oy! in a single step

Rock lost its artistic mojo circa 1973, as big money proved a death knell to 60’s idealism.  As seen in Atlantic Crossing cover at right, you cross a lot of ocean with a leg spread out so far and wide, but you also jump a lot of shark in the process.

Think Rod Stewart’s ’73 release Atlantic Crossingin contrast to his work with The Faces a year earlier – possibly the greatest rock show ever:

 

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THERE Music – 1996

Multimedia roots music throw-down

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“Amy” – The Movie

The Amy Winehouse bio Amy showed the rare singing/songwriting talent that basically never arrives together in the same person. In one of my favorite Amy clips, check out this British soul music refresher with Paul Weller and Jools Holland.

Weller, aka the Modfather, a British R&B and rock legend since his debut with The Jam in 1977, has the pipes. But his songwriting and singing chops are upstaged by Winehouse who won 3 Ivor Novello Awards to Weller’s 1 despite her tragic death at 27.

Hear It Through the Grapevine with Jools Holland’s band brings the funk.

 

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Curated clips & commentary

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