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The Musicologist

Just been thinking about music and this is what came up...

Happy Canada Music Day

Recently our dear friends from the north celebrated their 150th year as a country. We salute our friendly Canucks by devoting a column to the riches that make up Canadian rock and roll. For awhile there, the music charts had a consistent Canadian presence even before...

The British Invasion Starts

Unlike the American revolution, there seems to be some controversy as to when exactly did the British Invasion start. We all learned in grammar school that the first shots fired in the battle for American independence happened at Lexington and Concord. The scene of...

Vail Area to Rock this Summer

Ah summertime when the living is easy and rocking.  A Vail Summer upon us and you know the saying, folks come here to ski, but stay for the music!  And what a jam packed lineup of great music it is. So get your calendars out and get ready to rock away the summer in...

Joe Cocker Is A Mad Dog With Soul

Frank Sinatra had “My Way.” Billy Joel “The Piano Man” and Joe Cocker had “With A Little Help from My Friends.” Legendary songs and performances that have forever connected the artist to their muse. The song that each of them not only ‘owned’ but in many ways lived....

Rolling Stones Put On An Exhibit

You can’t always get what you want, but if its a chance to see memorabilia of the greatest rock and roll n band ever, you have to find some how to get yourself to Chicago this summer. I was fortunate to be included in a press opening of the new Exhibition in Chicago...

Vail Musicians Celebrate Last Waltz

“It was such an important part of rock history…All those people together under one roof, and there was nothing flawless or perfect about it.”- Warren Haynes “They just looked like gods to me. I think it honestly went into me at a cellular level,” -musician Gillian...

Elbow’s ‘Little Fictions’ Big Sound

One band that has been on my list of ‘must sees’ no longer tours. In fact, I’m not even sure they did all that many tours of the states to begin with and the one I was aware of was a reunion of sorts that was cancelled shortly after being announced. As far as I know...

Ray Davies’ America

Ray Davies seems to like America much more than it seems to like him.  In his home country of Britain, he recently received that nation’s highest honer being knighted by the Queen. In America, he elicits mostly who’s he? responses.  In London, there is a long running...

Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry

It was a rock and roll brush with greatness that I will never forget. My encounter with Chuck Berry. There he was. Chicago’s O'Hare airport walking down the terminal with that unmistakably gait and stature. An original member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the...

“Grown-Up Anger” A Rocking Read

Rock music has found some of it’s most passionate expression as a result of anger. From the teenage angst of the Seattle ‘Grunge’ scene to Neil Young’s wrath in “Ohio,” to the recent plight of musical artists responding to the current state of affairs, universal...

Grammy Night All About The Ladies

How good might a night of entertainment be when your opening act is Adele? Well, in the case of the the 59th Grammy Awards, mighty good indeed. Viewers collectively shared an ethereal Last Supper with Beyonce and her crazy chair, a peek over the fence into a mirrored...

Robbie Robertson Testifies To His Life

So the question occasionally comes up “What rock star would you like to sit down and have a beer with or maybe even a gummy bear? First you’d have to break the question down to dead or alive, then decide if you can have the whole band or just one member. After you...

Rock Star Or Sports Star?

When my son grows up I want him to be a rock star. Now that may not be a surprising comment from someone who writes a music column or spends his day job on the air at a radio station; however, it is contrary to many parents in America. In a sports obsessed nation,...