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How Radio Lost Its Groove

HOW RADIO LOST ITS GROOVE

 

In recent years, it has become obvious that radio, at least as the entity that I grew up with in my teenage and young adult years, has lost its groove.  These days,…

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Faces in the Crowd: Jimmy Miller (Producer)

“One thing that producers and engineers tend to have in common is their undeniable love of music, and it is the highs they experience in the recording studio--those exhilarating moments when the blending of artistic effort, musical material, and…

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The Most Bizarre Rock & Roll Albums of All Time!

I've been an avid music collector since the early 1960's.  Besides the great albums I purchased, I always took note of some of the really bad records I bought over the years...you know what I'm talking about don'cha?  Record…

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The History of Glam Rock

Glam Rock was a rock & roll music genre which proceeded the punk music movement in the early 70's.  Along with the music which parlayed rock music in a much more flamboyant manner, Glam Rock also had a significant…

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Rock & Roll Movies: Privilege (1967)

Today on the Rock & Roll is a State of Mind blog, we travel back in time to 1967 and take a look at Privilege, an obscure film that was part of the the rock & roll landscape.  Of…

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The Stories Behind 10 Rock Band Logos

Back in the early 1960’s, rock band logos were never quite as important as they are today in this age of branding.  Over the years, official logos became an essential item that every band needed to have in order…

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Remembering Woodstock On Its 50 Year Anniversary

50 years ago today, The Woodstock Festival took place in White Lake, NY.  It was an event that transformed the youth culture and established the Music Festival template that continues to this very day. 

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My First Rock Concert

"Say, what was the first rock concert you went to?"  Hmmm...let me think about that for a minute or two...no, wait!  I remember now!  It happened on a beautiful summer day on August 13, 1967.  I had just returned…

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Faces in the Crowd: D.A. Pennebaker

This past Sunday, I woke up to the news that D.A. Pennebaker had passed away at the age of 94.  While Pennebaker was a well known film maker to many folks, I thought it would be worthwhile to…

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Rock & Roll 1978

Johnny Pierre on stage with the Freelance Vandals circa 1978

“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…

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Hot Platters: Bongo Joe

Track List: 

1.      I Wish I Could SIng 

2.      Innocent Little Doggie 

3.      Cool It 

4.      Listen At That Bull 

5.      Transistor Radio 

6.      Eloise 

7.      Dog Eat Dog

A couple of…

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It Happened in the 60's: Rock & Roll on Network TV

Sweet Fancy Moses!  As strange as it sounds now, there once was a time back in the 1960’s when many popular rock bands of the day appeared on prime-time network television shows!  With the advent of The Beatles and…

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Faces in the Crowd: Louis Jordan

Yesterday, when I glanced at the calendar on the wall, I remembered that it has been 44 years since Louis Jordan passed away on February 4th, 1975.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Louis Jordan's…

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