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the stairway to heaven leads to gilligan’s island

IN MAY 1978, a rather silly record by a group with a rather silly name was re­leased by in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area. After making a splash in that market, radio sta­tions around the country picked it up for their playlists. Had things been left to them­selves, it might have been a hit, as nov­elty records still had a chance in the Top 40 at the time. [Continue reading]

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captain beefheart appreciation 101 (son of sun zoom spark)

I DON’T REMEMBER DREAMS. Even a few min­utes after I have been awak­ened by one of them, they im­me­di­ately start slip­ping away. If I want to re­member a spe­cial dream, I have to lug my scrawny be­hind out of bed—and I sleep on a futon on the floor and get­ting up from the floor when you’re 67 ain’t al­ways a given—and write it down. [Continue reading]

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was beach boy mike love one of rock & roll’s greatest frontmen?

OPINION QUESTIONS are big on Quora and I try to pro­vide an­swers that are ac­cu­rate but some­what off the beaten path. The ques­tion I re­ceived this morning was, “Who are the all-time great frontmen in music?” I read the ques­tion as who are the great lead singers of rock groups, as both vocal and vi­sual performers. [Continue reading]

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this was a time when it would benefit an artist to stand up

I WAS ONE OF THOSE TEENS who prided them­selves in having a re­ally cool record col­lec­tion, brag­ging about al­bums and sin­gles few of my clue­less high school peers had ever heard of. So, of course, I was a big fan of Warner/Reprise Records in the late ’60s. Aside from cham­pi­oning my beloved Kinks (and Grom­mett save them!), [Continue reading]