Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Mike Campbell on 50 Years of the Byrds’ ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ (The Interview)

Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Mike Campbell on 50 Years of the Byrds’ ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ (The Interview)

“I don’t think it sold many copies, but there was no pressure to go in a certain direction, and Columbia just let us do whatever we wanted,” The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn told me in 2016 of his former band’s legendary album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Now considered a crucial moment in the birth of country-rock […]

Top 11 Classic Punk Rock Songs

Top 11 Classic Punk Rock Songs

“Punk rock was the tsunami that threatened to drown us all in 1977.” – Pete Townshend “Kick Out the Jams” by the MC5 “Kick Out the Jams” is the title track of the MC5‘s 1969 debut LP, recorded over Halloween weekend at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. The song gained immediate notoriety by its introduction. Singer Rob […]

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs “I was recently looking at an old cover of New Musical Express from 1973. It’s me and Mick Jagger, and he’s just found glam a little late. He’s wearing this jumpsuit with epaulets, and he’s dripping in makeup and mascara. And I’m on the other half of the page with […]

Still Twisted: An Interview with Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister

Still Twisted: An Interview with Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister

When Twisted Sister first assaulted the radio airwaves and MTV with their fist-pumping anthem, We’re Not Gonna Take It, for the music world at large it seemed as if the group’s seemingly meteoric rise happened overnight. But as a new documentary film put together by Music Box Films called We Are Twisted F***ing Sister demonstrates, this over-sized […]

Top 11 Waiting Songs

Top 11 Waiting Songs

“I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance — waiting for the bathroom.” — Bob Hope Patience has never been a strong suit of rock fans. So it’s natural that there would be huge hits about waiting: Waiting for a girl, waiting for a boy, waiting for a friend or in […]

Listen: Father John Misty Covers Ryan Adams’ Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ as the Velvet Underground

Listen: Father John Misty Covers Ryan Adams’ Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ as the Velvet Underground

Monday saw the release of Ryan Adams‘ full-album reinterpretation of Taylor Swift‘s 1989. It also, apparently, inspired Los Angeles singer/songwriter Father John Misty to record a cover of Adams’ version of Blank Space. Structurally, his take is rather…Velvet Underground-ish, both with its artwork seen above and Misty’s voice, which does a great Lou Reed impersonation. […]

Where Rock Stars Lived in NYC (Photo Gallery)

Where Rock Stars Lived in NYC (Photo Gallery)

It was good to hear that singer Joni Mitchell is improving after suffering a brain aneurysm on March 31. The singer’s website states that “she is resting comfortably in her own home and she’s getting better each day. A full recovery is expected.” Mitchell, born in Alberta, Canada, is one of many rock stars whose […]

North American David Bowie Landmarks (Photo Essay)

North American David Bowie Landmarks (Photo Essay)

In the Footsteps of the Diamond Dog As the popular exhibit entitled “David Bowie Is” continues to captivate fans around the world, this month we thought we would take a look at 10 notable landmarks that David Bowie touched in America. Starting with his very first concert here and covering some video sites, recording studios […]

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 […]