Kaplan's Korner

July 1, 2019

Stones, Costello and McCartney


THE ROLLING STONES’ 2019 No Filter North American tour started in June and is booked into late August including a date in Southern California August 22nd at The Rose Bowl. We’ll be there. The group’s stage repertoire incorporates deep catalog and radio anthems. Also published is a new book on the band by Christopher McKittrick Can’t Give It Away On Seventh Avenue: The Rolling Stones and New York City. It explores the rich history of the Rolling Stones and New York City and the impact the city had on the group’s music and career.

DURING PAUL MCCARTNEY’S North American leg of his record-breaking Freshen Up tour, Paul has confirmed updated releases of four albums capturing performances spanning from his 1975-1976 return to U.S. arenas with Wings to his intimate 2007 set at Amoeba records in Los Angeles. The albums —Amoeba Gig, Paul Is Live, Choba B CCCP, Wings Over America — will be released July 12, 2019 via MPL/Capitol/UMe digitally, on CD and on both black and limited-edition color vinyl. Wide Prairie, a posthumous 1998 compilation of Linda McCartney recordings spanning the early 1970s through the late 1990s, will be re-released August 2 via MPL / Capitol / UMe.

OUT NOW IS A PREVIOUSLY unreleased concert film Carole King-Live At Montreux 1973 on DVD & CD, CD and vinyl via Eagle Vision. It’s a landmark show. Songwriter/pianist/vocalist King and her stellar band performed live at the Montreux Pavillon as part of the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival. The set features hits from the albums Tapestry, Fantasy, and Writer.

CRAFT RECORDINGS HAS shipped Soul Explosion which celebrates a 50th anniversary of this prolific, make-or-break moment for Stax — and its enduring musical legacy — with additional physical and digital reissues that will pay tribute to the label throughout the year with a series of playlists, original content, contests and more. The Craft label is album releasing Live At Woodstock, capturing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s full, hour-long performance from the historic festival. Out August 2nd, Live At Woodstock will be available as a 2-LP vinyl set, housed in a gatefold jacket, as well as on CD and digital platforms.

Group has just made available Pretenders-With Friends. A 2006 Pretenders’ live concert featuring Chrissie Hynde with special guests including Iggy Pop, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Kings of Leon and Incubus, recorded at the Decades Rock Arena in Atlantic City, NJ.

MARIANNE & Leonard: Words of Love is the latest from documentarian Nick Broomfield who invites audiences into the world of Leonard Cohen and his muse, Marianne Ihlen. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is in select US theaters July 5.

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE Imposters and Blondie will co-headline a coast-to-coast tour this summer. The Imposters are: Steve Nieve (keyboards), Davey Faragher (bass) and Pete Thomas (drums). Produced by Live Nation, the 13-city tour will kick off July 20th in Bethel, NY at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and make stops in Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles at the Greek Theater August 5th where RCN will be in attendance, and more, before wrapping August 10th in Seattle, WA.

LONGTIME RCN SUPPORTER and former Foothill Records owner, Carol Schofield of MsMusic Productions has a new record shop, High Desert Records in Yucca Valley.

“High Desert Records will have the same quality and style as Foothill Records had though smaller space size,” explained Carol. “Why Yucca? It’s my home now along with the desire staying connected to the energy built with Foothill Records. “

WE AT RCN OWE A DEBT OF gratitude to Art Kunkin who died this past May in Joshua Tree. Kunkin founded The Los Angeles Free Press in 1964, one of the first underground weekly newspapers that were a groundbreaking alternative mainstream media to cover and appreciate Pop, Rock, R&B, Country, Bluegrass and Jazz music.

Kunkin gave a forum to Frank Zappa and other regional visionaries. The Los Angeles Times hailed him “as the Pied piper of counterculture in 1960s L.A.”

Harvey Kubernik profiled Kunkin in his landmark 2009 book Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon. Kunkin told Kubernik, “I was aware that the music industry was supporting the Free Press. The paper had music people. I was the prankster. I think one of the important things I did, which I don’t think is terribly appreciated, is I helped establish a whole number of newspapers.”

RCN AND THE ENTIRE GLOBAL record collecting world also lost a dear member of our family in June. Gary Schneider, music scholar, deejay and a fixture at the Pasadena Record swap meet. Gary was the owner/operator of Open Mynd Collectibles since 1992, and gave us so many rare recordings, artifacts and air checks (radio broadcasts). Gary has been referenced in several books, CD liner notes, and documentaries for his opinion and experience with radio broadcasts of the ’50s and ’60s.

“Gary Schneider made an incredible contribution to our community of music enthusiasts, blowing minds with his deep knowledge and passionate curation of all things popular music,” offered close friend, Elliot Kendall, a veteran record lover, music and film promoter. “His love and kindness towards everyone who showed an interest in collecting and pop culture continue to inspire us all — I’m so pleased that his Open Mynd Excursion radio shows will thankfully continue to air on Luxuria Music.”

Gary’s “Open Mynd Excursion” internet radio program can be heard via archived episodes on Listen each Wednesday from 9pm–11pm Pacific Time.


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