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So much has been written about the life and times of Grand Funk Railroad – the hits and the misses, the legal fights and the mismanagement, the groupies and the drugs, the critics who universally hated them and the fans who universally adored them. It almost seems redundant to be interviewing former Grand Funk guitarist and self-styled radical Christian Mark Farner to simply go over old times.  The 64-year-old rocker has heard all the questions, and the interviewers already know the answers.   But the easygoing Farner – currently prepping for a recording session in Boston – is  all good cheer…

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The back pages of pop music history are littered with tales of one hit wonders. You know the equation:  A band comes out of nowhere, hits the top of the charts hard, can’t duplicate the mojo that got them there and ultimately stumbles into obscurity. But Strawberry Alarm Clock keyboard player/songwriter Mark Weitz will be the first to tell you that it’s not as simple a concept as ‘here today, gone tomorrow.’ “Unfortunately, if you’re in a band and the average person only remembers one song, that categorizes you as a one-hit wonder,” relates Weitz during a conversation with Rock…

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Intro Lukas Nelson Jenda Hall Derringer Miles Nielsen Sarah Lee Guthrie Trying to make it in music is tough.  But if you are related to a reigning superstar, either by blood or by marriage, it can be downright brutal: You can’t totally make it on your own. If you get a gig, it’s because your father or husband put in a  good word.  A record deal?  A family member called in a favor.  If you’re not really talented (and that situation arises more often than you might think) you’re riding the real star of the family’s coattails.  If you do have talent, you’re…

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There is a chance that by the time you read this interview with legendary producer/songwriter/filmmaker/actor Kim Fowley, Kim Fowley will be dead. But don’t take our word for it.  Ask Kim. “In two weeks I’m going in to have bladder cancer surgery, and there’s a good chance that I might die.  Part of me hopes I do die.  I could care less.  Man, I’ve had cancer four times in my life, pneumonia nine times and polio twice. I would say that I’m due. If I die, it will be somebody else’s turn to be kicked around and disliked.” If this…

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If your biggest hit is the punk rock anthem Fuck Authority, when you become a father, how do you discipline your own children? That’s the fundamental contradiction and dilemma facing punk fathers like Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg in Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’ The Other F Word.  In the new punk rock documentary about fatherhood, Lindberg ponders having to play the “clean versions of my albums” for his children, and using admonishments such as “I’m not sure that was cool.” The Other F Word is Nevins’ first feature length documentary, and is executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, director of 2004’s  Super Size Me. …

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Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson is quick to let the numbers do the talking.  His band is going on 43 years, more than most marriages last. The landmark album, Aqualung, the prime distillation of the band’s rock/jazz/folk/baroque musical approach as well as a classic rock staple, is 40 years old this year. Anderson on stage is still a flute-packing joy to behold.  Anderson was in a reflective/talkative mood prior to setting sail on his umpteenth Jethro Tull U.S. tour and he was quick to jump on the fact that, despite his often demonic presence on stage, off stage he was…

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When George Harrison took the stand in a New York City courtroom in January 1976 to defend himself against charges that he had stolen a good portion of The Chiffons’ classic He’s So Fine and turned it into his biggest solo hit, My Sweet Lord, his memory of the song’s creation was admittedly foggy. But that did not stop him from spinning one hell of a yarn for the judge and jury. Legal documents reporting on Harrison’s testimony reported that the former Beatle insisted that Billy Preston and a group of faceless musicians and backup singers had thrashed out an…

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