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traveling through time at 45 rpm (time travel records)

IT’S NO SECRET that most of us form strong emotional bonds with things during our teenage years. This includes attachments to humans, food, even sports teams. This seems especially so with music: whatever the hits were that we loved when we were 15, we are probably going to love for the rest of our lives. [Read more] “traveling through time at 45 rpm (time travel records)”

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the kinks’ plastic man wants to be ten feet long like king kong

IT’S DIFFICULT TO SAY why the Kinks fell out of favor as hit-makers, but by the end of 1968 they looked like they were already a part of rock & roll’s history. They were making music that veered off from most contemporary music pathways and as 1969 opened, remaining a Kinks fan was almost an act of defiance.  [Read more] “the kinks’ plastic man wants to be ten feet long like king kong”

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why aren’t the moody blues in the bloody rock & roll hall of fame?

IN A RECENT EDITION OF QUORA, someone asked why the Moody Blues haven’t been inducted into the bloody Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It would certainly seem that the Moody Blues are far more qualified than many inductees, so I began preparing a lengthy answer, thinking I might provide some insight. [Read more] “why aren’t the moody blues in the bloody rock & roll hall of fame?”

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 3

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 3 addresses records made that are associated with this movie—both singles and albums. All were released in the wake of the very successful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Before commencing, I recommend that you first readOn Wild In The Streets As Political And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part series of articles about the movie and its music. [Read more] “the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 3”

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 2

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 2 addresses records made that are associated with this movie—both singles and albums. All were released in the wake of the very successful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Before commencing, I recommend that you first readOn Wild In The Streets As Political And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part series of articles about the movie and its music. [Read more] “the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 2”

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 1

IN 1968, AIP’S NEW MOVIE was not about bikers, babes, and devils. While “Wild In The Streets” was another American International Pictures exploitation B-movie, it was also a clever combination of black humor, sociopolitical satire, 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. [Read more] “the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 1”

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wild in the streets as sociopolitical satire and black humor

 

This article has been rewritten and published as Looking at the Foresight of “Wild in the Streets” Fifty Years Later

 

 

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I know where manchester is—do you know who the hollies are?

THE HOLLIES ARE FROM MANCHESTEReveryone knows that, right? Hah! I bumped into a young couple at the Bellevue Transit Center. Handsome young man with a 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. [Read more] “I know where manchester is—do you know who the hollies are?”

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around town and out of control with lawrence bray

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. [Read more] “around town and out of control with lawrence bray”