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Paul Brannigan’s newly-released book, This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, is a richly-detailed (and endlessly entertaining) insider account of the eventful career of the Foo Fighters front man and ex-Nirvana drummer. In tracing Grohl’s entire life, from his childhood through his earliest musical involvement in the Washington D.C. hardcore scene to what it’s like being the so-called “nicest guy in rock” in one of the world’s biggest bands, This is a Call presents a side of Grohl that the fans and public aren’t always allowed to see. Rock Cellar Magazine recently had the pleasure of…

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Paul McCartney – Kisses on the Bottom Kick off your shoes, pour a glass of wine or tea, light a fire. If allowed, the light, romantic mood of Kisses on the Bottom can sweep you away into a past you quite possibly never lived. For this record Paul McCartney stepped out of his role as multi-instrumentalist and into the vocal booth. Diana Krall and her jazz band handled the arrangements, with input from Sir Paul and producer Tommy LiPuma. Most are tunes Paul was reared on that influenced his songwriting immensely. Thrown in for good measure are two new…

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A trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, is a must at some point for every music lover. For anybody nearby now would be a good time, before the “WOMEN WHO ROCK” exhibit closes on Feb 26, 2012. No other museum has put together a tribute to rockin’ females, much less one so thorough. Sure, they seem to be missing a few noteworthy artists, but there are over 50 represented on their timeline dating back to the 1920s. The tour starts with Blues and Jazz giants such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, moves through…

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This year marks the 110th anniversary of the legendary trade show NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) — the meeting place for musical instrument retailers to view and purchase the latest innovations from more than 1,400 manufacturers. Brian Wilson, John Mayer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Michelle Phillips, and Gov. Mike Huckabee kicked off the 2012 event in Anaheim, California. Rock Cellar Magazine sent correspondent Greg Feo to have a look. Here’s some photos from the festivities… John Mayer introduced his Martin limited edition 00-45SC guitar, that he helped design.  Better hurry – only 25 are planned and John wants two for himself. Grateful…

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Here are a handful of the most notable and infamous rock & roll landmarks in the history of the genre – whether they’re still standing, bulldozed, burnt to the ground, or maybe even fictional, each has played a big part in the shaping of rock music over the decades. Berwick St, London, UK, artwork for Oasis’ (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory Berwick Street, in the Soho district of London, was the chosen location for the iconic cover image to Britpop brats Oasis’ huge 1995 record (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory. The blurry images of two men passing by each other, caught…

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Amy Winehouse Jane’s Addiction Jimmy Cliff Coldplay Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Soundtrack) Their second collaboration with director David Fincher, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s soundtrack album to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is as impressive as their first get-together (the Oscar-winning score to 2010’s The Social Network). The 39-track score begins and ends with gripping covers – Reznor teams up with Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for the collection’s opener, an eerie, off-kilter take on Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. His customary industrial production…

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Rock Cellar Magazine was fortunate to have the “songwriter’s songwriter,” Jimmy Webb perform for us recently. Here is a video of What Does a Woman See in a Man?  The must-read lyrics are below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZdEDDW5wqc LYRICS:  What Does A Woman See In a Man? He stinks to high heaven, half covered with hair And grunts just like some old orang-utan While she smells of clean skin and a trace of jasmine And speaks like a first rate librarian His stomach hangs out, there’s a hump on his back He eats like Conan the Barbarian While she keeps herself trim, and…

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You either love Tom Waits, or you don’t. There’s no in between. You can buy into his bourbon-drowned, porkpie hat, troubadour traveling from midnight gig to midnight gig by way of thumb, barter, or railcar-hopping shtick, or you don’t. Fans believe the greatness of the music outweighs the necessity for it to be based on anything personal. If it’s not your thing, more power to you. It’s understandable. But then, this list of his 16 studio albums – #17, Bad As Me, comes out October 24th – isn’t for you either. For the rest of us, enjoy this trip down…

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On September 30th 2011 Jimmy Webb performed at a house concert co-sponsored by Rock Cellar Magazine and Kevin & Mare Wachs, at Casa Candela in Southern California. Along with his legendary status as a prolific songwriter, Jimmy Webb is the consummate story-teller. A camera was running, and captured a few moments of the special evening. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QQVDgqPUQo Thanks to Abi Colbeck from Sabyrtooth. Subscribe here at Rock Cellar Magazine to be notified of other sponsored events.

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