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  • Category: Features

    In My Life, I’ve Loved Them All: Celebrating John Lennon On His 77th Birthday

    On what would have been John Lennon‘s 77th birthday, we wanted to step back and reflect on one of rock’s greatest songwriters and poets. Lennon’s musical contribution was enormous, his pathos and introspective soul spoke to a nation of lost British souls, and then to the rest of the world.   [Photo: Rowand Scherman/Getty Images] John Winston […]

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    Nearly 50 Years Later, The Who’s “Tommy” Remains A Rock Masterpiece

    In the first part of our Retrospective series on The Who, published oh-so-long-ago, our very own Jamfather talked about the band’s formative ‘My Generation’ years. As guitarist Pete Townshend put more emphasis on songwriting, the result was the staggering 1969 rock opera masterpiece, Tommy. Truly the first of its kind, Tommy’s lasting influence changed the face of […]

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  • Category: Features

    What Was It Like To Witness The Beatles’ American Debut On Ed Sullivan?

    In 2014, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first televised performance in America, I asked my father for his reflections. What it was like to watch The Beatles live, on TV, in 1964? He was only eight years old at the time, but distinctly remembers the event. “What we saw changed everything.” […]

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  • Category: Album Reviews

    Blues Legend John Mayall Releases His 65th Album, Featuring Joe Walsh & More [Review/Stream]

    The old adage that blues artists get better with age proves itself once again.  The Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall has released his 65th album in his long and illustrious career. Titled Talk About That, Mayall’s voice sounds as good today as it did in 1966 when he teamed up with a very young […]

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  • Category: Album Reviews

    The Rolling Stones Tap Into Their Blues Roots With Eric Clapton On “Blue & Lonesome”

    One of the enduring axioms of music is the relationship between blues and rock n’ roll. Simply put, rock and roll is a young man’s game while blues just gets better with age. BB King was still going strong well into his old age, sounding as fresh at 80 as he did at 25, and guitarists like Buddy […]

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  • Category: Album Reviews

    Revisiting Yes’s Masterpiece Album, “Close To The Edge”

    Yes, along with Pink Floyd, were the founding fathers of progressive rock, a musical genre that still flourishes today. Both bands were on my turntable daily during the 1970s and were revered by my generation. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery… Yes had many who followed in their footsteps (ie. Gentle Giant, Starcastle, Genesis, […]

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  • Category: Features

    Music and Politics: How Songs Motivate The Political Climate

    As the oldest member of the Live for Live Music family, I’ve lived through my share of political turmoil. I dearly hold onto the progressive ideals that shaped our country: equality, brotherhood and a mutual respect for all citizens. The election of Donald Trump as President has propelled me back to the 1960s where I […]

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  • Category: News

    Listen To Dave Brubeck Smoke “Blue Rondo” In 1963 Carnegie Hall Show

    Before there was Jam, there was bebop. The style took form in a post WWII progressive jazz scene that begat bebop; a free form jazz movement that pushed boundaries with long improvisational jamming. From 1945 to the late 1950’s, big bands downsized into small combos, taking the best of swing and growing it into bebop. […]

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