Behind the Curtain: Frustrations and Challenges with Ginger Baker

Behind the Curtain:  Frustrations and Challenges with Ginger Baker

Sometimes, interviews don’t go well. It’s part of the business, and as rock journalist Steve Rosen can attest in his latest Behind the Curtain entry, it happens.  I’m often asked, “What is the worst interview you ever did?” It’s an interesting turn of phrase, because lurking behind the suggestive and intriguing façade of the query […]

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Eric Clapton’

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Eric Clapton’

The sound of Eric Clapton‘s guitar is instantly identifiable. Old school fans remember his departure from the Yardbirds to pursue his passion for the blues with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Huge hits with Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek & the Dominos followed. Clapton’s solo career further expanded his cult of fans. […]

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain “In the Presence of the Lord” by Blind Faith Eric Clapton wrote “In the Presence of the Lord” in 1969 while a member of Blind Faith. He asked keyboardist Steve Winwood to provide […]

Behind the Curtain: Bonding with Rory Gallagher

Behind the Curtain: Bonding with Rory Gallagher

For this month’s Behind the Curtain installment, Steve Rosen recounts a special kinship with late guitar icon Rory Gallagher. Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com Rory Gallagher was a reluctant hero, a soft-spoken Irishman offstage who was nothing like the bigger-than-life persona his fans saw onstage. When you watched the diminutive musician from Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland […]

Behind the Curtain: Taking Paul Rodgers to an Elvis Presley Concert in Los Angeles

Behind the Curtain: Taking Paul Rodgers to an Elvis Presley Concert in Los Angeles

This month’s installment of rock writer Steve Rosen’s Behind the Curtain stories captures the essence of being in the “right place at the right time…” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When the first announcement was made in early 1974 about Bad Company—the new band former Free singer Paul Rodgers was putting together with fellow bandmate and drummer Simon Kirke, […]

A Few Questions With…Andy Fraser of Free

A Few Questions With…Andy Fraser of Free

Andrew McLan “Andy” Fraser (born 3 July 1952) is an English songwriter and bass guitarist whose career has lasted over 40 years…supplemental biographical information from his website: “Andy appeared at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival along with Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Bob Dylan and others. His first U.S. show was at Madison […]

Bands & Artists with Short but Important Careers

Bands & Artists with Short but Important Careers

It’s hard enough being in a band without having to deal with the added stress of expectations weighing down upon you. Throughout rock history, bands and artists have had to deal with various pressures: from themselves, fans, the media, the labels, everyone. Some handled it well, others didn’t. Too many bands and solo artists crumbled […]