just how did david bowie affect your consciousness?

Bowie ManWhoFell Schapiro 1975 1500 crop

THE ORIGINAL TITLE to this piece on David Bowie was “Damn That Damn Disco Music!” But that was re­ally an in­ad­e­quate opening for the tone of this ‘true story’ about con­ver­sion. Then I dal­lied with vari­a­tions on “The Day I Came Out as a David Bowie Fan,” which was an al­lu­sion to his an­drog­y­nous Ziggy Star­dust period. [Continue reading]

allan clarke as springsteen trailblazer (is this part 6 of “was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light?”)

Springsteen 1974 Blinded 1500 red

I WOULD BE REMISS in my love for the Hol­lies if I did not men­tion the ex­ploits of their on-again/off-again lead singer, Harold Allan Clarke. In his second (?) so­journ from the group he helped found in Man­chester, Eng­land, in 1962, he took a rather dif­ferent ap­proach styl­is­ti­cally to the ma­te­rial with which his fans had come to as­so­ciate with him. [Continue reading]

“blinded by the light” and the avid record collector price guide (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 4)

Springsteen Blinded1974 3

THE SINGLE RELEASE of Blinded By The Light / The Angel (Co­lumbia 4-48405) may not have been a big hit in 1973 with record-buyers, but it has been a big deal with record-collectors ever since! It is among the rarest and most sought-after of Bruce’s col­lec­table records and record-related artifacts. [Continue reading]

cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 2)

Springsteen Blinded1974 copy 7

HERE ARE THE LYRICS to Bruce Spring­steen’s orig­inal recording of Blinded By The Light as best that I can de­ci­pher them. I used a couple of lyrics sites and then lis­tened to the recording re­peat­edly (and yes it’s “deuce” not “douche”) each time com­paring the words I had typed with the words that I was hearing. [Continue reading]