Through the early and mid twentieth century, popular music may have become ubiquitous on radio and on 78rpm records, but there were few print publications that discussed music, the musicians who made it, or trends within genres of music itself. While Billboard magazine covered the music industry as a business the same way The Wall Street Journal covers the financial world, there were really no general interest publications that regularly included coverage of music written for the general public’s point of view.
The 45th Anniversary Edition of The Velvet Underground’s Loaded By Richie Unterberger Recorded after leaving their original label (MGM) for Atlantic, Loaded was the Velvet Underground’s most determined—indeed, only—stab at conventional rock success. Multi-instrumentalist/sometime singer Doug Yule has commented that the mission was to make a commercial record, leader Lou Reed once claiming he gave […]
The City of Roses’ first wave of punk is chronicled in Mark Sten’s All Ages: The Rise and Fall of Portland Punk Rock, 1977-1981 When punk rock appeared in the late 1970’s it was as if someone suddenly threw down the gauntlet. You were either for or against it, rarely in between. From the punk […]
For almost 50 years, Russ Solomon’s Tower Records chain, founded in Sacramento, reigned as one of the world’s premiere music retailers. In his new documentary, All Things Must Pass, filmmaker Colin Hanks examines the rise and fall of the legendary record retailer. By Harvey Kubernik Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse […]
FAREWELL GAIL ZAPPA Gail Zappa passed away on October 17, 2015. Gail was the wife of Frank Zappa and the trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. In that capacity Gail watched over the numerous records and videos released since Frank passed in 1993. And what a treasure trove she presented to us. All the Universal […]
Take a look at the high end turntable offerings on display at the midewest’s premier high end audio show By Gary Katayama Why would anyone leave the beautiful spring beach weather in Playa del Rey to go to cold and drizzly Rosemont Illinois? Answer: to go to Axpona, the premier high end audio show in […]