Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

   “White folks hear the blues come out, but they don’t know how it got there.” – Ma Rainey “Time Is on My Side” by Irma Thomas and the Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side” was written by Jerry Ragovoy for jazz trombonist Kai Winding in 1963. Winding’s version, essentially an instrumental, only included […]

Behind the Curtain: From J. Sloan’s in Hollywood to an Encounter with the ‘Super Freak’ Himself, Rick James

Behind the Curtain: From J. Sloan’s in Hollywood to an Encounter with the ‘Super Freak’ Himself, Rick James

Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com Before I begin this rock and roll tale about my encounter with Rick James, I want to explain in a way—or attempt to anyway—how I write these stories. If you’ve read any of my previous narratives, you know that a lot of times I’ll talk about stuff that doesn’t seem […]

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 […]

Love Him Two Times: Robby Krieger of the Doors (The Interview)

Love Him Two Times: Robby Krieger of the Doors (The Interview)

As songwriter and guitarist for the Doors, Robby Krieger earned his rightful place in rock and roll history. Penning such timeless hits as Light my Fire, Touch Me, Love Me Two Times, and Love Her Madly, Krieger’s free-form jazz-flamenco inflected licks fueled the Dionysian darkness of the Doors’ musical milieu and helped transform the fledgling local […]

Pre-Order The Doors’ Upcoming ‘R-Evolution’ DVD/Blu-ray (Details)

Pre-Order The Doors’ Upcoming ‘R-Evolution’ DVD/Blu-ray (Details)

As previously mentioned, the Doors will release a new DVD/Blu-ray set titled R-Evolution on December 3 January 21. R-Evolution features a bounty of early Doors performances, including (as the press release detailed): This collection shows many aspects of The Doors on film. Rarities include the band’s full performance on “Shebang”, an interview with Dick Clark, […]