Category Archives: Rock Music

‘Bob Dylan in America’ by Sean Wilentz

Sean Wilentz’s new work, Bob Dylan in America, is a fascinating hybrid of a book. Combining biography, history, literary criticism, and music criticism while using significant events in Dylan’s career as jumping-off points, the book is one of the more … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen “Darkness on the Edge of Town” box set: “The Promise”

Coming November 16th, the long rumored Darkness box: 3 CDs, 3 DVDs, Merry Christmas! “Sometimes it gets lost in the E Street shuffle. But real fans know: “Darkness on the Edge of Town” is essential Bruce Springsteen. The 1978 album … Continue reading

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35 years ago…the making of ‘Born to Run’

It makes most critics lists of the top ten albums of all time, and almost always (depending on my mood) sits at the top of mine. Larry Getlin talks in today’s NY Post about how Bruce Springsteen created Born to … Continue reading

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Remembering Michael Been of The Call, 1950-2010

Sad news today about the passing of Michael Been, songwriter and lead vocalist of The Call. In the wake of the early 80s success of U2, The Call was one of a number of anthemic rock bands that followed, including … Continue reading

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Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1966

Here’s where you can find Billboard’s list of the top 100 songs of 1966, with the top 40 singles listed below (Sunny by Bobby Hebb is at no. 27.): 1. The Ballad of the Green Berets, Sgt. Barry Sadler 2. … Continue reading

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Bobby Hebb, ‘Sunny’ songwriter and revered singer, dies at 72

If you were old enough to pay attention to AM radio in 1966 (possibly the best year ever for pop music singles) then you wouldn’t listen long without hearing “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb. Hebb died earlier this week in Nashville, … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney’s bass player?

Brian Ray on stage with Paul McCartney at the 2009 Grammy Awards. (Check out Dave Grohl on drums!) Photo courtesy of Brian Ray. From musicradar.com. Yes, Paul does have someone who plays bass in his band when Macca is on … Continue reading

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