Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Patti Smith in concert, 1979

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.

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Thu, April 16 2015 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Patti Smith in concert, 1979

Soul singer Percy Sledge passes on

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 […]

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Tue, April 14 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Soul singer Percy Sledge passes on

‘Fortunate Son’

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:

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Mon, November 11 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on ‘Fortunate Son’

And the band played ‘Waltzing Matilda’

My favourite Remembrance Day song, courtesy of the Pogues:

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Mon, November 11 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on And the band played ‘Waltzing Matilda’

10 years of missing Johnny Cash

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.

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Thu, September 12 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on 10 years of missing Johnny Cash

Goodbye Richie Havens

Folk singer Richie Havens died today at age 72. Here he is performing “Freedom” at the Woodstock Festival in 1969:

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Mon, April 22 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Goodbye Richie Havens

I feel loss

Disco diva Donna Summer has died of cancer at age 63. She provided the voice, with Giorgio Moroder producing, for this landmark song:

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Thu, May 17 2012 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on I feel loss

Oh, that fertile New York music scene of 1973-78

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 […]

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Fri, January 6 2012 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Oh, that fertile New York music scene of 1973-78

Pictures of Matchstick Men

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 […]

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Sun, September 25 2011 » multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Pictures of Matchstick Men

Saying goodbye to one of the voices of Philly soul

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 […]

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Wed, December 29 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Saying goodbye to one of the voices of Philly soul