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 […]
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 – […]
The new novel Clockwork Angels begins with the line: “The best place to start an adventure is with a quiet, perfect life…and someone who realizes that it can’t possibly be enough.” Those words ring loud and clear for two small-town boys who dared to dream big: renowned sci-fi novelist Kevin J. Anderson and legendary drummer Neil Peart, […]
Bruce Springsteen surprised fans in 2010 when he joined local band Timepiece at a Farmingdale, New Jersey club for a rousing rendition of Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally. Not that Bruce covering that song should be any great surprise: In the history of music has there been another song played more often by more bands (at […]
Reggae-influenced Aussie rock band Men at Work made headlines again just last month, although not for reasons they would have wanted: Original member Greg Ham – best known for playing the fluttering flute riff in the band’s hit Down Under – was found dead in his Australian home. Men at Work frontman Colin Hay said of […]
30 years after his death in a plane crash, guitarist Randy Rhoads continues to exert his influence on rock music. Ozzy Osbourne producer Kevin Churko reflects on the young rocker’s legacy.
Some songs seem as if they were written just for you. The lyrics resonate as if they were penned by your own personal biographer. Judy Collins gets that feeling every time she hears the song Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by legendary folk trio Crosby, Stills and Nash. But then, that song really was written just for Collins. “Suite: […]