That Eric Alper has posted a full-length concert video of the Patti Smith Group performing at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey more than 35 years ago. Enjoy.
Another soul great has passed away. Percy Sledge died at his home in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday. He was 74. Here is a recording of his most famous hit, When A Man Loves A Woman, released in 1966: See this Pitchfork article (“‘When a man loves a woman’ singer Percy Sledge has died“) for […]
This late 1960s Creedence Clearwater Revival tune was a famous protest song of the Vietnam War era. Its name was used as a book title for a critical tome on former U.S. president George W. Bush:
My favourite Remembrance Day song, courtesy of the Pogues:
It’s been a decade since we lost the Man in Black. This blog didn’t exist when Johnny Cash died, so consider this a long-awaited catch-up post.
Folk singer Richie Havens died today at age 72. Here he is performing “Freedom” at the Woodstock Festival in 1969:
Disco diva Donna Summer has died of cancer at age 63. She provided the voice, with Giorgio Moroder producing, for this landmark song:
Got a Chapters gift card for Christmas and used it to pick up Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five years in New York that changed music forever, by Will Hermes. Think about it: Punk, salsa, hip hop, new wave, new minimalist classical music from Philip Glass … all were born in New York in […]
First recorded in 1968 by Status Quo, this Wikipedia entry classifies Pictures of Matchstick Men as “bubblegum psychedelia.” That may be true, but I like it anyways. In any event, to catalogue them for my purposes, here is Status Quo performing the song on Tops of the Pops. I will follow with some favourite cover […]
From NPR on Tuesday: Bernard Wilson, 64, who helped define the sound of Philadelphia soul in the 1970s, died Sunday at a hospital in New Jersey after suffering a stroke and a heart attack. Wilson’s velvet baritone backed up the hits he performed with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, including “If You Don’t Know […]