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talking with ken barnes on his career as a rock journalist

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion from a young mu­si­cian in Eng­land to make a con­nec­tion on the LinkedIn site, the “world’s largest pro­fes­sional net­work.” Re­luc­tantly I ac­cepted it, de­spite the fact that I have yet to meet anyone who has ac­tu­ally ben­e­fited pro­fes­sion­ally from any of their LinkedIn con­nec­tions. [Continue reading]

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the byrds’ mind gardens and outrageous fortunes

MIND GARDENS, one of David Cros­by’s con­tri­bu­tions to the Byrds’ legacy, has been a bone of con­tention among fans since its re­lease on the YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY album in 1967. Ac­tu­ally, using that eu­phemism is in­ac­cu­rate: al­most everyone has some­thing neg­a­tive to say about the recording—the lyrics, the singing, the music.  [Continue reading]

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whose response to whom with the stones-beatles-beach boys connection

EARLIER THIS YEAR, I posted my first Amazon re­view, this one of the Rolling Stones’ album THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST. It had the over-long and gram­mat­i­cally cum­ber­some title of “Clearly their an­swer to PET SOUNDS—or at least Good Vibrations—SGT. PEPPER is ac­tu­ally as dis­parate an ar­ti­fact as REVOLVER.” [Continue reading]