MY FIRST “POST” was with the Wyoming Valley West High School newspaper, where I was the nerd who got the gig of reviewing records. That was 1969 and, like most nerds with super cool record collections, I wrote condescending reviews of records that all my non-nerd classmates bought. 1 I remember damning Glen Campbell (in the ’60s, teens actually bought Glen Campbell albums and were still cool) and dismissing Cream’s last album, GOODBYE. Then, everything changed. In 1970, I found Paul Williams’s book Outlaw Blues, a collection of his writings from Crawdaddy magazine. Williams didn’t write negative reviews—he wrote… Continue Reading introduction to rather rare records
IN 1968, AIP’S NEW MOVIE was not about bikers, babes, and devils. While “Wild In The Streets” was another American International Pictures exploitational B-movie, it was also a clever combination of sociopolitical satire, black humor, and some genuinely good rock & roll. The Avid Collector’s Guide to Wild In The Streets Part 1 addresses the records associated with that movie and its music. 1 This is the first of four parts that focus on the records revolving around that movie, with the primary focus is on the WILD IN THE STREETS original soundtrack album. A secondary focus is the contributions… Continue Reading avid collectors guide to wild in the streets part 1
JACK WEINBERG DEFINED THE SIXTIES by exhorting, “We don’t trust anyone over 30!” That was 1964 and there is a good chance that he knew exactly the kind of effect that it would have on young people around the country (although he denies it). He might not have had a clue that it would also have an effect on non-political movers and shakers in Hollywood with a bent for sociopolitical satire. At least one movie seems to have used those six words as the basis for its plot—Wild In The Streets. 1 This article is a follow-up to “The… Continue Reading wild in the streets as sociopolitical satire and black humor
THE HOLLIES ARE FROM MANCHESTER—everyone knows that, right? Hah! I bumped into a young couple at the Bellevue Transit Center. Good looking guy, very pretty girl. Both in their mid 20s, both spick-and-spanned and nicely attired. When we exchanged “Hellos” I heard the accent and asked them from which part of England they hailed. “Manchester!” he said. “Ah,” said I. “The home of the Holies.” “What?” said she. “The Hollies—they’re from Manchester,” I responded, wondering what was going on. They looked at each other and then at me. “Um, you don’t know who the Hollies are?” I asked.… Continue Reading I know where manchester is—do you know who the hollies are?
THIS ARTICLE SEEMS TO BE ABOUT PATSY CLINE. But it’s not—at least, not primarily. Primarily it’s about hyperbolic exaggeration in describing the accomplishments of popular stars, regardless of whether the artist needs such embellishment to shine among other stars. Fans of any field of artistic or athletic endeavor are given to excessive bragging about their faves, whether it’s rock bands or comic book artists or baseball players. But what is said in a friendly argument among friends over a few pints looks absurd if not insulting when stated by a writer whose opinions are given weight by being published… Continue Reading hyperbolic exaggeration in pop culture and miss patsy cline
LAST WEEK, I RECEIVED AN EMAIL from a young musician that I had never heard of. (No big deal there: my ignorance of musicians young or old of the past few decades might cause you to titter in wonder at the immensity of it.) His name was Lawrence Bray, which set off no alarms of memory in my aging brain. I did remark to myself (although not aloud—I may be aging but I’m not that old yet) that Bray was not a common surname. In fact, the only Bray I know is a wee town in Berkshire County, England. And… Continue Reading around town and out of control with lawrence bray
THE KINKS’ ARTHUR album of 1969 was a smashing success with the critics and the few fans that the once popular group still had at the time. It sold better than any Kinks album had in recent memory, but barely graced the best-selling charts. ARTHUR has grown in prestige through the years and now both original pressings and even reissues are sought after by collectors. There were three singles pulled from the album sessions; none were major hits in the UK or the US. All are rather difficult to find—especially in top condition. This article is a discography of those singles that… Continue Reading a discography and price guide to the kinks’ arthur album and related singles