Music for those of us who aren’t flush with cash…
From Cocker to Plant to Daltrey, here are some of the most versatile howls in rock n’ roll history.
Some of the best songs calling for social change or personal empowerment.
It used to be that only politicians and war heroes were immortalized on statues that honored their accomplishments. So it’s a good thing that today you’re more likely to see a statue of Lennon than of Lenin. Many hometowns of rock stars were once ashamed of the excessive lifestyles of their native sons. Today they […]
In the 1960s, New York City was the center of the recording industry and home to a wealth of small clubs and theaters that hosted the cream of rock music. Fans could catch bands on their way up at smaller venues with moderate ticket prices. But 1969’s Woodstock festival changed the industry and superstars began […]
Once in awhile, a replacement singer of an already-successful band can help take the entire unit to the next level of success. Such is the case of David Clayton-Thomas. The Canadian belter was also a replacement singer – following Al Kooper as the frontman of Blood Sweat & Tears. After the Blues Project broke up […]
As the Vietnam War escalated in the mid-1960s and more young men were drafted into the military, protest songs became more mainstream. Once a staple of folk music, like Phil Ochs’ I Ain’t Marching Anymore, anti-war songs like Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction now hit number one on the Billboard charts. The 1970 film Woodstock […]
Thanksgiving is immediately followed by a brutal month of Christmas music overload. They’re inescapable; every radio station, department store, and building lobby pummels us with treacly tunes of the season. So when a great song rises above the holiday hype, it deserves recognition. Such is the Drifters version of the yuletide classic White Christmas. Bing […]
ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANK MASTROPOLO Though it ran for only one season, 1955-56, The Honeymooners remains one of the pivotal sitcoms in television history. Jackie Gleason played his most famous character — bus driver Ralph Kramden — who torments his long-suffering wife Alice (Audrey Meadows) with get-rich-quick schemes that never succeed. The Kramdens […]
One Toke Over the Line by folk rock duo Brewer & Shipley was released in 1970 in an atmosphere of anti-war demonstrations and crackdowns on drug users. The song would become Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley’s biggest hit; so big that it caught the attention of Vice President Spiro Agnew, who termed the song – […]