Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The illustrated history of prog rock
and even a section on Kansas and Styx!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Asia in a hard jam covering ELP!!!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YONZljHxg3A
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Why this song is awesome:
- I heard that Ritchie Blackmore is kind of a jerk, but boy is he one hell of a guitar player!
- Classic 80s rock formulas...love it.
- Man, that intro is rockin'! Great behind-the-beat drum feel. Yay, RAINBOW!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
- They're CRAZY...and I love it!
- Totally theatrical and over-the-top...costumes, glitter, platform shoes
- Really cool analog synths
- Bill Spooner's guitar is neat
Monday, September 20, 2010
Including chapters entitled "Mr. Crowley," "Waiting at the Crossroads," "Welcome to the Hotel California," and others, Patterson's book covers the tales and ironies that have cursed rock 'n' roll and its icons. Patterson also reveals the mysteries behind hidden messages in songs you've always wondered about.
Classic Rock Stories (by Tim Morse)
A great collection of stories, memories, recollections, and opinions of some of the most beloved rock stars.
Here are some things I learned from reading this book (more useless knowledge--just what I need):
- "Dust in the Wind" wasn't supposed to be a song. It's original form was actually a finger-picking exercise that Kerry Livgren was working on. In fact, Kerry fought with the rest of the members of Kansas over doing the song. "This is not us," he would keep saying.
- Keith Emerson thought his Moog synth solo in "Lucky Man" was "shit." It was completely improvised, and the rough version ended up making the cut.
- The song "Bad Company" by Bad Company was recorded at night in a field in one take.
- Elton John and Bernie Taupin have no idea what "Take Me to the Pilot" is about. It's all just a bunch of jibberish.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Riff Randall (from Rock 'N' Roll High School). Riff would have been my rock 'n' roll partner-in-crime in high school. We would have attended every rock concert we could possibly manage together. We would wear matching shiny outfits, pigtails in our hair, and run around shouting "gabba gabba hey!"
Jam (from Detroit Rock City). Jam would have been another one of my closest chums. After school, I'd go watch him practice and rock out on his drums and then talk endlessly about the amazingness of KISS.
The Spinal Tap guys. Who wouldn't want hang out with Spinal Tap, the coolest, wildest rock band on the planet!?
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Yes "Starship Trooper": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jhk5MEugJYJhk5MEugJY
Yes "And You and I": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv3fKIpKCv4&feature=related
Yes "Heart of the Sunrise": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY6mIG4cvkk
Video interview w/ Jon Anderson (super cool!!):