After feverishly reading Robert Rosen's updated 15th anniversary eBook edition of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon, you feel ...
#7 Had a finger shot off protecting a bandmate whose mother told him she would "chop his cojones off if anything happened to her son." #8 So he switched from playing guitar to playing piano.
His words caught the public fancy -- such phrases as "my huckleberry friend," "one for my baby and one more for the road," "hooray for Hollywood," and the immortal "my mamma done tol' me" are prime Mercer.
Mid-late 1960s: West goes East. While it was John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Canada that initiated Rock n' Roll Diplomacy, George Harrison was the first to apply that concept to music.
Have you ever had a great idea come to you in a dream? These people have, according to the trivia book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Attack of the Fact...
Most discussions about art eventually hit the wall of the argument that "taste is subjective". Nevertheless, in terms of pop music, there is near consensus that the Beatles were the greatest, most important band of all time. This post is dedicated to the minority that is still not convinced.
Wildly wacky and whimsical, "Sister Follies: Between Two Worlds", rests on a singular, spectacular conceit. For the centennial of the Abrons Arts Cent...
A new young adult novel "Get Back; Imagine...Saving John Lennon" by Donovan Day explores the adventures of a young guitar-playing teen who is transported back in time to meet the Beatles. All goes well until "the boys" learn he's from the future and John pointedly asks, "What will happen to me?"
In this latest edition of the Underrated Beatles Songs series, the tunes featured appear in both, some of their earliest works as well as their latest.
She was a vision of loveliness who attracted the eye of some of the best photographers in the world -- not to mention the fancy of two of rock 'n' roll's most iconic guitar heroes. Today, though, Pattie Boyd feels most comfortable on the other side of camera.
It wasn't ever going to be anyone but Sam Smith, but until last week's announcement that he'd be singing the theme song for SPECTRE (entitled "Writing's On the Wall"), there was at least hope.
New data, with help from Google, illustrate unprecedented -- and until now, largely overlooked -- forest loss in Southeast Asia and West Africa, among other hotspots.
"This one was totally by surprise. The first one was an idea we dreamed up back at RCA. We didn't have any letter from Paul McCartney saying, 'Make a Beatle record,' but this one was out of the clear blue."
In the movie world you would not expect a smallish screening for a movie like Rock the Kasbah to have a night like this, but Bill Murray has great karma. Rock legends turned out on Friday night: Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, to start. And there was Bill Clinton, whose silver head shone like a beacon at the room's center.
Chances are that you've never heard of Bert Berns. But most likely you know the songs "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart," and "I Want Candy." Those timeless tunes were written or co-written by Berns, the many-hit wonder who thrived as a songwriter, producer, and label chief with his own label, Bang Records.
What a shame that high-caliber musicians could get turned away from music schools simply because they have no desire to read notation. Most schools don't currently have a notation-free track to put them on anyway.