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Play On! Power Pop Heroes by Ken Sharp... The Greatest Collection of Rock Interviews of All Time? Could Be!

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

From the very beginning of my life's obsession with rock music and the people that make it, I have found the interview the most fun to read. It's almost always the most informative format, too.

INTERVIEW: Paul Rodgers... Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and His Latest, "The Royal Sessions"

Binky Philips | Posted 09.26.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

If you've listened to Rock Radio in the USA for any length of time in the last 35 years, you have heard Paul Rodgers' voice over 200 times... easy! Paul is probably the most famous and well known rock vocalist that a whole lotta people don't know by name.

44th Anniversary: That Guy In The Who Throws Me His Guitar (Again)

Binky Philips | Posted 08.06.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

If you have only been skimming me for the last few months, you'll enjoy this immensely, Ifn I says so my own selves.

May, 1969: My Parents Accost The Who's Pete Townshend in the Lobby of the Fillmore East

Binky Philips | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Not sure if I believed my ears, I wheeled around... Oh, my God, was this really happening?! Right out of a dream, Pete Townshend, guitarist of The Who, dressed in a pale sky-blue suit, was, indeed, standing in the Fillmore East's lobby... talking... to... my... parents!

New Who Album Could Be Coming

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.17.2014 | Entertainment

In honor of The Who's 50th anniversary, the band is embarking on a world tour, beginning in the U.K. around Christmas time, and then making their way ...

Californication Music News, Chats with Mark Rivera and Allen Kovac, Plus Johnzo West and David Berkeley Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

So here's the official scoop on Californication's music followed by a 45 second snippet of a remix of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open The Door."

I'm in Vintage Guitar Magazine!

Binky Philips | Posted 05.28.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

One of the things you discover as you get older and start reflecting back on the path you've taken is how a fleeting and seemingly insignificant momen...

Spring, 1973: Me 'n Jake Get Status Quo Ripped on New York Reefer

Binky Philips | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

In the next 90 seconds, we were all walking down the tiny staircase, me 'n Jake leading the way, with the band behind us yelling, and the next thing Jake and I knew, we were on stage.

April 1971: I Write Pete Townshend a 32-page Letter, He Sends Me an Incredible Gift (EXCERPT)

Binky Philips | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I have been working on a book about my love affair and actual interactive relationship with The Who for at least three years, on and off. I had an ent...

Interview: Kenney Jones, Drummer of Small Faces, Faces With Rod Stewart and The Who, Looks Back (and Forward)

Binky Philips | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

These two men are undiluted heroes to me, members of one of rock's greatest bands of all time, Small Faces.

What a Day for a Daydream... of Universal Human Rights

Martin Lewis | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Over the years the struggle for human rights has had the benefit of some very captivating entertainers who have helped draw attention to the cause and raise funds for Amnesty's essential research and campaign work.

Reissue Roundup 3: The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Who, Frank Sinatra, CCR and Humble Pie, Plus Keith Chagall's Kennedy Tribute

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Do The Beatles now collectively have more "previously unreleased" tracks than all of their official albums collectively?

"Who's Psychotic Next?" A Critical Review of Pete Townshend's Memoir

George Rajna | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
George Rajna

Townshend's insightful autobiography is worthwhile in how it accounts his creative process in creating music. This memoir is comprehensive, intimate, and candid. The memoir uniquely explores deeply into Townshend's mental state and psyche.

Movie Review: 12-12-12

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Amir Bar-Lev and Charlie Lightening's new film, 12-12-12 would be worth seeing if only for the moment where James Dolan loses his temper because of a technical glitch.

Who Cares: Chatting With Roger Daltrey, It's Casual's Eddie Solis and INVSN's Dennis Lyxzen, Control Visits Chic-A-Go-Go, Plus a Stangeheart Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"We just went into the studio with the ambition to put out as good a music as we could do and we didn't really worry about whether it was going to be successful. We put it out there and it catches the public's imagination."

The Rhino Records Story Takes Shape Part 2: Pete Townshend Says No or the Problem With Book Blurbs

Harold Bronson | Posted 11.28.2013 | Books
Harold Bronson

When my publisher asked me to solicit blurbs -- the positive comments that appear on the back cover of books -- I wasn't enthusiastic.

Yes, I Really Bought Eric Clapton's CREAM Guitar Case, Too!

Binky Philips | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I know reruns can be a yawn... but, I think you'll dig this story, whether for the first time, or as a wistful little revisit three years later...

Summer of 1970, Part II: Gopher-ing for the Coolest Guitar Shop in New York City, Wearing My Granny Takes A Trip Boots, and Meeting "Keith Richards With..."

Binky Philips | Posted 09.02.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

When last we were wasting time together, I'd been in London for 13 days during the second half of June, 1970. I'd plunked down the enormous sum of $65.00 U.S. for a pair of wild custom-made boots from the coolest clothes/shoes store in the world, Granny Takes A Trip.

LATE JUNE, 1970: An Amazing Autograph, Heatwave in London, Granny Takes A Trip, Thunderclap Newman Shows Up and, Yes, 'Gimme Dat Ting'

Binky Philips | Posted 08.14.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

The epicenter of Rock Cool on planet Earth. Not hyperbolic whatsoever, actually.

June 7th, 1970: Pete Townshend Throws Me His Guitar - The Cliff Notes Version

Binky Philips | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Utterly obsessed fan that I was, I'd decided to sleep out for a full two nights under the marquee of the Fillmore East on 2nd Avenue and East 6th St. to buy tickets for The Who's Final Performance of "Tommy."

Spring of 1968: I Watch Pete Townshend Buy Over 30 Guitars

Binky Philips | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Unlike the rumors I'd heard at the time that he was secretly ruining knock-off pieces of junk, Pete Townshend really was trashing copious amounts of really expensive guitars.

What's Really Behind All Those Village Voice Layoffs

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.19.2013 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

When I heard about Friday's layoffs at the legendary, historic, iconic alt weekly The Village Voice, I Googled "Village Voice + layoffs." It took hour...

Dog Ears Music: Born in May Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Bob Dylan, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Kevin Shields, Cee Lo Green, Mary Wells, and more.

Excerpt: London, 1971 - Two New York Idiots Look for Their Own Keith Moon and John Entwistle

Binky Philips | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

The actual zygote moment of The Planetsʼ inception took place, beyond appropriately enough, at The Whoʼs first full length concert in New York City on July 8, 1967.

45 Years Ago: April 5th and 6th, 1968... The Who Debut at the Fillmore East the Night After MLK Jr.'s Assassination

Binky Philips | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

For a great many of us tender shoots, rock music was oxygen, the air we breathed. This opening had been fiercely anticipated. That worn-out dump in the seedy East Village was now... Mecca!