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Did Rolling Stone's new "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" get it right

Did Rolling Stone's new "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" get it right
‘Best of’ lists drive people crazy. It could be who is the greatest president, who is the best athlete or some inane topic that will lead to long arguments among friends. Music is no different. Rolling Stone’s new list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” was published this week. RS first completed this exercise in... Read more »

Fifty years of classic rock classics

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"Moondance" was Van Morrison's third album. Between this and t l he earlier "Astral Weeks", he moved far away from "Brown Eyed Girl." Fifty years later, Morrison has produced forty-one studio albums and is still going strong.
If you’re from my generation, classic rock is probably your go-to genre of music. Yeah, you may try to pretend that you’re cool and hip enough to love newer types of music, but we always seem to come back to the songs and records that we loved when we were young. 1970 was a big year... Read more »

The marriage of pop music and television: The Ed Sullivan Show

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In 1955, Bill Haley became the first rock artist to perform on the Sullivan show. His "Rock Around The Clock" started the Sullivan show music phenomenon that went on for more than a decade.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications has an exhibit which looks at the connection between rock music and television. Both industries used each other to drive up tv ratings as well as sales of records and concert tickets. This is a two part series that looks at some of the most historic moment in the worlds... Read more »

Songs to help Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen pass the time while in prison

Songs to help Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen pass the time while in prison
The number of the day is EIGHT! Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts. Eight was enough! It was a bad day for these two and our President. It was a bad day for America….no one wants our leaders to be... Read more »

My ten favorite items at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

First a few honorable mention items:
I love this pic of Darlene Love with Bruce Springsteen. They're probably singing Christmas songs.
It’s August. Just a few weeks left until the end of summer. Time for one more mini-vaca before school starts. So where should a couple go? CLEVELAND!!!!! Yeah…I know, I know BUT…. CLEVELAND ROCKS…so the song says (shrugging shoulders). BUT…it’s only six hours away by car and it has the one place that I’ve wanted... Read more »

Music for an eclipse

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We're hoping for a "Sunny Afternoon" but I'm afraid it will be mostly cloudy.
We’re just hours away from the eclipse. People are traveling all over the world to see the sun and moon come together. For some of us, it’ll be our last chance to witness this phenomenon. It’s easy to find a viewing party….and if there’s a party, there needs to be music. Here’s some tunes to... Read more »

The Influence of Chuck Berry

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All the Beatles loved Chuck Berry. John Lennon said if you were going to give Rock and Roll a different name you'd call it Chuck Berry. Here they sing "Rock and Roll Music".
Legendary music pioneer Chuck Berry died yesterday at age 90. One way to tell and artist’ influence is by the number of his songs recorded by other great musicians. There are hundreds of Berry tunes covered by musicians in all genres of music. Here’s a look at some of them: Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Jagger, Richards,... Read more »

Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits

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10. Nadine. This version features Keith Richards.
“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.” Chuck Berry died today at age 90. To call him a legendary figure in the history of music would be an understatement. On almost every list of Rock and Roll’s greatest’s, you’ll find Chuck Berry. He’s also received the... Read more »

Eagles of Death Metal are not The Eagles: Last week in music

Besides my friend and fellow blogger Michelle, how many of you knew about Eagles of Death Metal before Friday? Me neither. You may have even thought it was the Eagles in concert, in Paris? As sad and horrifying as the attack was, I wonder if it will now put this band on the map? Eagles of Death Metal are now mainstream? We'll see.
Lots of interesting things happened in the music world over the last few days. Here’s a look at some of them.   Here’s a story I wrote about Jackson Browne’s September concert at Ravinia. Plus here’s one more about Wrigley Field Concerts. Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button.... Read more »

Vinyl Records in Living Color

Dave Mason- Alone Together.
Mason's first album is known as much for the marble coloring as the music.
Vinyl albums have been making a comeback. While you are used to seeing them in black, there have been some special issues of vinyl records in color. Here’s some of them.
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