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R.I.P. EDDIE VAN HALEN(1955-2020)

POOR LASLO, I HOPE HE’S ALIVE AND I HOPE HE’S HOLDING UP. (NOT AN UNUSUAL thought when you hit 50 and older about people you haven’t seen in decades. And I’m too adverse to Facebook…

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NOT PREACHIN’ TO THE CHOIR, OR WHY TYLER CHILDERS’ PROTEST SONG IS SO DAMN POTENT

HOW IN THE HELL DOES A SELF-PROCLAIMED “WHITE BOY FROM HICKMAN”[Kentucky] create a better “Black Lives Matter” song in 2020 than anyone actually Black?!? How in the hell does an artist summon more moral courage…

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MOTLEY CRUE THE DIRT: THE MEMOIR

FOR DECADES THE “GOLD STANDARD” FOR ROCK TELL-ALL BOOKS WAS Stephen Davis’s Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, perhaps followed by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman’s No One Here Gets Out Alive, the…

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PETER GREEN’S FLEETWOOD MAC, MINE & HOPEFULLY YOURS: A TRIBUTE TO PETER GREEN(1946-2020)

  Green.Peter. Lead guitarist in the original, blues-based, all-English lineup of Fleetwood Mac. Revered in his days as a virtuoso on the order of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, Green abruptly withdrew from the spotlight in…

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WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE BRUCE LEE?!? AN APPRECIATION OF BE WATER(2020)

THERE’S A BRUCE LEE DOCUMENTARY FOR EVERY DECADE, WHICH REFLECTS THAT decade or the tenor of the times. In the late 70’s a few years after his death I remember some rather shoddy ones. Hastily…

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R.I.P. MORRICONE

ENNIO MORRICONE(1928-2020) FOR YOUR NAME TO BECOME AN ADJECTIVE OR ADVERB DURING THE COURSE of your lifetime can be a grand accomplishment. (I am deliberately ignoring anything related to social media or reality shows, because…

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NEIL YOUNG “HOMEGROWN,” THE “LOST” ALBUM

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH–AND BEWARE THE HYPE OF THE “LOST” ALBUM. AS prolific an artist as Neil Young has been–averaging an album per year every year since 1969, he’s also known for aborting some…

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“FOR WOKE GIRLS ONLY…”: THE DIMINISHING RETURNS OF FIONA APPLE

AN ETERNITY AGO THE VITAL-YET-INSUFFERABLE PITCHFORK SHOCKED ANYONE paying attention to the latest popular music releases by awarding a 10 rating to Fiona Apple’s fifth album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters.  Immediately I was skeptical, although…

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7 TAKEAWAYS FROM BOB DYLAN ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS(2020)

ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS MAY BE BOB DYLAN‘S MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUM release in decades, the added attention beyond his fan base of Dylanologists. Because of the 2020 pandemic. Because of the current racial strife. Because…

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