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Alive As Yesterday: 1980 Concerts

The Cramps Eldorado Paris, France  

Back In Black Tour '80 AC/DC Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY  

Ramones Keystone Palo Alto, CA  

Alive As Yesterday: 1979 Concerts

Elvis Costello & The Attractions The Palladium NYC  

Damn The Torpedo Tour '79 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Orpheum Theatre Memphis, TN

 

The Specials Tiffany's Late Bar …

Alive As Yesterday: 1978 Concerts

“In 1978, rock music resembled a combat zone more than a community. The divisions had been visible for most of the decade, with the fraying of any notion that the factions of rock fans could peacefully coexist, but in…

Alive As Yesterday: 1977 Concerts

Elvis Costello & The Attractions The Bottom Line NYC

 

Tom Waits The Paradise Club Boston, MA

 

The Clash The Saints Cherry Vanilla Birmingham Rag Market …

Alive As Yesterday: 1975 Concerts

 

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Keystone Hall Kutztown State College Kutztown, PA

 

Led Zeppelin L.S.U. Assembly Center Baton Rouge, LA

 

Led Zeppelin Earl's …

Alive As Yesterday: 1967 Concerts

ALIVE AS YESTERDAY: 1967 CONCERTS

Electric Flag, Moby Grape Steve Miller Fillmore SF CA

 

Donovan Cow Palace San Francisco, CA

 

 Lenny Bruce The Mothers of …

Rock Geography: Monterey Pop Festival 1967

Today on the Rock & Roll is a State of Mind blog, we celebrate the 54th anniversary of what many regard as one of  the very first rock festivals...Monterey Pop! 

While Monterey Pop wasn’t the first music…

Remembering Bill Graham & The Fillmore East

This blog post is dedicated to my dear friend, Jeff Goldstein who spent many happy hours @ The Fillmore East

 

The Story of the Fillmore East begins here...

Located…

Rock & Roll: The Psychedelic Years (Expanded Edition)

Psychedelic rock was a musical genre that emerged in the mid-sixties due to the popularity of such mind-altering drugs as LSD, mescaline, cannabis and peyote mushrooms.  The roots of Psychedelic Rock begin here: On Friday April 16, 1943 (a…

The Beatles On Tour 1964

1964

"The Beatles were one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. They also had one of the fiercest, most intensely loyal fandoms of all time. Beatles fans — mainly teenage girls —…

1966: A Moment In Time

Over the years there have been many arguments concerning which year produced the best rock album.  While this is most probably arrived at via a subjective view point, there is a serious case to be made for the…

Hot Platters: Live Albums That Changed My Life

Live albums were once a staple of most rock acts but could possibly be considered an endangered species nowadays.  Sure, over the years there have been many live albums that were released as a holding action because a band…

Vince Taylor: The Original Ziggy Stardust

 

Vince Taylor, while not widely known to US rock fans, was an influential part of the European rock scene in the late 50's and early 60's.  While not widely known to US rock fans, Taylor was an influential…

The Persistence of Memory: Becoming Sgt. Pepper

 

“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startles out wonder

as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

Over the…

The Beatles: Something Cool To Read This Week!

 

 

 

 

Worried that no-one would understand their Liverpool accents in 1964 film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, US music execs considered dubbing them over with American actors. McCartney harrumphed: “We can understand a fucking…

Rock & Roll Library: My 2020 Summer Reading List

While my life suddenly got deconstructed during the ongoing pandemic, I tried to ignore the madness of the outside world by finally finding the time to read a stack of rock & roll books that I had on…

1970: The Saga of the Festival Express

It was on June 27, 1970, that the Transcontinental Pop Festival began its journey in Toronto, Canada. This festival was part of a series of concerts in Canada that became known as The Festival Express which is also the…

1960's Swinging London: A Moment In Time

Today's blog post is about Swinging London; a moment in time that reconfigured the music, fashion, movies and books of the youth culture.

There came a moment when London first shook off the coils of hidebound British