Top 11 New York City Songs

Top 11 New York City Songs

“New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.” – David Letterman (Editor’s Note: As this list curates songs from the folk/classic rock realm, it does not feature Frank Sinatra’s classic “Theme From ‘New York New York,” though that has been added here […]

Top 11 Rebel Songs

Top 11 Rebel Songs

The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. — Quentin Crisp James Dean was a rebel. Marlon Brando was a rebel. Johnny Yuma was a rebel. You’re not. But listening to some of […]

Top 11 Los Angeles Songs

Top 11 Los Angeles Songs

I don’t want to live in a city where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red light. – Woody Allen Despite its earthquakes, traffic, smog and pretentiousness, Los Angeles has inspired great tunes like those on our list of Top 11 L.A. Songs. Know any more? Take […]

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Ray Charles in 1983

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Ray Charles in 1983

(Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com) Interviewing Ray Charles back in 1983 was like interviewing a man who had conquered the world and done it all. Ray was like an explorer seeking out new lands or a great warrior defeating his enemies in battles that were stacked against him. He was afraid of nothing, and though […]

Top 11 Bald Rockers

Top 11 Bald Rockers

“Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to have made a lot of difference to my audience that I’m as bald as a billiard ball!” – James Taylor It’s inevitable that many rockers who have carved out decades-long careers will go bald. So what? That wavy hair may have waved goodbye but the music is just as vibrant. […]

Top 11 Long Songs

Top 11 Long Songs

Since the dawn of rock, hit singles have always been about three minutes in length. Radio stations, hoping to play as many songs as possible, routinely refused to play any record that approached four minutes or more. Artists and record companies, hungry for a hit single, went along with the unwritten rule. And fans, with […]

B.B. King: The Thrill Will Never Be Gone (Archival Interview)

B.B. King: The Thrill Will Never Be Gone (Archival Interview)

B.B. King is championed by pundits as the quintessential blues guitar player. Since his emergence in the Fifties, King, trusty black Gibson “Lucille” guitar in hand, wowed audiences with his gritty, expressive voice and spectacular blues guitar playing. He could say more in one note than others could say in a hundred. In recent years […]

Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places

Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places

“If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.” — George Winters Rockers have traveled to every corner of the earth – if not by plane, train and automobile then in their imaginations – to compose our Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places. Some songs celebrated their […]

Classic NYC Album Cover Locations (Photo Essay)

Classic NYC Album Cover Locations (Photo Essay)

Walking around Greenwich Village, midtown and other Manhattan neighborhoods, don’t be surprised if some landmarks jump out at you. You knew them back when, when liner notes and gatefold covers changed your life…  Gem Spa, Southeast corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue  The New York Dolls posed here for the back of their […]

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