AlKooper BloodSweatTears 1500

if you have an overture, do you also need an underture?

ON QUORA, it ap­pears that most people ask a ques­tion hoping for an in­tel­li­gent an­swer. The ques­tion is a gen­uine search for in­for­ma­tion. But it’s ap­parent that some people ask a ques­tion and then an­swer their own ques­tion. This seems to be a rhetor­ical de­vice to im­part in­for­ma­tion, to ex­press an opinion, or to seek af­fir­ma­tion of an opinion. [Continue reading]

TheWho posed 1969 SteveWood 1500 crop

on musicians who ruined their careers (and lives) with “reckless behavior”

A YOUNGER MEMBER of Quora—meaning sig­nif­i­cantly younger than me—asked me to an­swer the ques­tion, “Which mu­si­cians ru­ined their ca­reers with their reck­less be­havior?” Quora is the place I seem to get rather easily dragged into on an al­most daily basis, gen­er­ally an­swering ques­tions about Elvis. This ques­tion was more gen­eral but ac­tu­ally en­com­passed Presley. [Continue reading]

FrankDaniels Beatles header cropped

the frank daniels discographies & labelographies project

FRANK DANIELS has been col­lecting records for a long time. Some­where along the way, he started col­lecting all sorts of record-related data and in­for­ma­tion. For years now, he has been re­searching, com­piling, as­sem­bling, and pub­lishing sev­eral in­cred­ibly de­tailed and ac­cu­rate Frank Daniels discogra­phies (list­ings of records) and la­be­l­o­gra­phies (break­downs on the vi­sual changes in the label de­signs of a given record company). [Continue reading]