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Frank Zappa performing with the Mothers of Invention in ZAPPA a Magnolia Pictures release. Copyright ROELOF KIERS. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

A new Frank Zappa documentary from director Alex Winter mines archival footage to examine the musician’s private side

“Before we could set about making the film, we needed to preserve a great deal of material from the vault that was deteriorating and in great danger of being lost forever.” —Alex Winter By Harvey Kubernik ZAPPA, t...
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Cash & Dylan

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan shared a mutual respect and a musical friendship By Harvey Kubernik In the mid-1980s as Johnny Cash found himself between labels, Mercury Records snatched up the country legend for what would end u...
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SPANISH FOR HEAVY PSYCH? by Lance Barresi~ Ever feel like bands that get tagged with the PSYCH descriptor just aren’t very psychedelic? Or heavy? Or any good at all? Well, have I got news for you! There’s a whole scene of H...
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Genius Never Waits

A new bootleg series release captures some of the Miles Davis’ seminal performances during two decades of the Newport Jazz Festival By Harvey Kubernick Miles Davis’ 20-year association as an artist at impresario George Wein...
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Freddie Mercury. Photo by Barrie Wentzell.

The Melody Makers

Filmmaker Leslie Ann Coles discusses her new documentary, Melody Makers, which traces the ascent of rock ‘n’ roll and the British magazine that chronicled the music and musicians that defined an age  BY HARVEY KUB...
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Back In The Day

Back In The Day By Eddie Estrada ooking back,” as the great Nat King Cole once sang, I think of the great R&B groups — today known as Doo-wops — black or white artists. Myself, I’m more partial to the black sound fr...
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News from RCN World Headquarters

THE LIVING IS EASY It’s summertime here at RCN World Headquarters. The ageing window unit air conditioners wheeze against the 95-degree sun beating down. The poor machines try. They do make a lot of noise. But ultimately, the...
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Has RSD become Corporate Record Label Day?

Christmas In April Saturday, April 18, Record Store day, is the best thing that has happened to independent record stores in the last 8 years. Ok, Adele sold a lot of records, which was great but…the word from record store ow...
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We Still Got Power!

WE STILL GOT POWER!  1980s L.A. punkzine revived in new book by Michael Layne Heath David Markey is all kinds of Punk Rock on a West Coast OG level. His career as an independent filmmaker is a classic implementing of one of t...
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