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Tom Semioli
Tom Semioli is a TV news writer, journalist, and bassist, but not necessarily in that order! Among his credits include, Amplifier, Counterpunch, Ink 19, Interview, Minor 7th,, No Depression, Shout NY, Spin, and The Village Voice, among many others. Tom’s work in television, online media and public relations encompasses automotive, business, entertainment, fashion, humanitarian, sports and technology stories and combinations thereof. His music blog: www.VinylManifesto.Com covers artists past, present, and future! "Being a bass-player," proclaims UK session ace Herbie Flowers, "is like being a truck driver: you're paid to arrive on time and safely at your destination!" Agreed! Follow Tom @tomsemioli

Entries by Tom Semioli

The Rebel Devil in Ms. Leckie: New York City's Noir Folk Goddess

(26) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 6:35 PM


"No, no, no ... do me from the front first! Not the back! Please! Turn me over!" bellows Lorraine Leckie as strains of the midday sun spurt through the windows of her adopted second home, the Sidewalk Café, centrally situated in the still...

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Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance Are Alive and Well

(7) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 6:29 AM


"Me brother ain't dead....he's still alive. As long as these boys keep playin'... and these people keep singing his songs...he's 'ere with us!"

On a chilly November evening, a joyous Stan Lane - brother of the late, great Rock 'n' Roll...

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Squeezing Out Sparks: A Southern Poet Sings for Her New York City Supper

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:26 AM


"See her dark tan...those double-d implants...the sharp tip of her's a drill bit! Her poppa put Penthouse parameters around what's pretty...early and often. Splay legged women, laid back laughing...lipstick thick enough to paint the town..."Minton Sparks "Gold Digger"

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A Hoople's Life: Rock Star Morgan Fisher Returns to New York City

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 4:23 PM


"Oh, it was certainly the most exciting time, considering I was a young lad of twenty-three, discovering the USA for the first time and the joys of rock and all that goes with it!"

Rock stars come and go, however one is about...

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Edward Rogers: Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets in New York City

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 11:21 PM


"As this album was coming together it became apparent to me that it had a 1970s theme to it... when I learned that Kevin Ayers passed away I got a hold of some of the last words he'd written which were 'you don't...

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Life Happens to Candi Staton

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:17 PM

The good news, according to an American music legend, is that you can go home again!

Witness Candi Staton as heard on her latest album Life Happens (Beracah Records). Her overall influence on popular music is incalculable. The artist who Frank Sinatra referred to as "the only true genius...

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Meet the New King of New York: Kenyon Phillips

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Lou Reed is dead; long live the new King of New York: Kenyon Phillips.

When dear Lou left this mortal coil last October, a pall settled over "our" New York -- which includes the boroughs, New Jersey, Long Island and geographical pockets throughout America and around the world that...

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Mo Foster Authors the History of British Rock Guitar

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 6:03 PM

"Rock 'n' Roll is American music. In the late 1950s there were no UK role models for the electric guitar, except for a middle-aged player named Bert Weedon, who wrote a book at the time called Play In a Day. To learn the guitar we had to listen to solos...
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A Psychedelic Fur's Journey to Satellite Paradiso

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 6:48 PM

If you ever dreamed of witnessing a master in the midst of the creative process, perhaps Brian Wilson with his toes submerged in a makeshift sandbox beneath Van Dyke Parks' Chickering & Sons piano as he toiled over the verses to "Surf's Up," or maybe hanging about whilst Paul Williams...

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Worshipping Brand Jeter

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 12:47 AM

He is referred to by a certain breed of sports obsessives as "Jeter Christ" -- aside from the fact that he truly crafted miraculous plays that won baseball games for the New York Yankees.

As a lifelong Mets fan who actually enjoyed watching the Yankees' modern day dynastic achievements...

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My Conversation with an American Treasure: Ray Benson

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 6:13 PM

We were hippies... we were against Vietnam... we had long hair. We were counterculture in this redneck "aura." In the 1960s there was a Renaissance of older blues artists, with B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and so many others. They brought their music back to my generation. I likened...
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Talkin' Rube Goldberg With Author Jennifer George

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 12:48 PM

"It's like seeing where it all began... and it continues to this day," exclaims author Jennifer George. "Rube was cartooning at the dawn of the industrial age in America... "it was the first moment in time when syndication, which was the mass media of its day, was possible. Rube created...
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Overend Watts: A Rock Star Who Hated Walking and Lived to Write About It!

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 3:27 PM

"A lot of books about people in the rock music business are boring to me...the drugs, the women...the's all so repetitive. When I approached publishers and told them my story isn't anything like that's all about back-packing -- they said 'great!" - Overend Watts, Mott the Hoople


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The Return of a Rock 'n' Roll Diva: Ellen Foley

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 2:12 PM

'Twas a time when divas earned their title in the trenches. Imagine an era wherein American Idolatry, nor YouTube.Com viral videos and other substitutes for taking command of the stage with a loyal gang of road tested musicians to belt out an original song before a living breathing audience hadn't...

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Listen to This Book: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 2:54 PM

"It's not the best book of its kind, it's the only book of its kind" proclaims archivist, music producer, scholar, A & R Director, journalist, and author Pat Thomas. "There have been plenty of books exploring the sociopolitical meaning of the Black Power Movement and there are obviously tons of...

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Guitars for the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:56 PM

With all due respect to Jon Landau and Bruce, I saw the future of rock 'n' roll and its name is... Bohemian Guitars.

In the spirit of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Orville Gibson who revolutionized modern music with their voltage enhanced six-string instruments, founding Bohemian brothers Shaun and Adam...

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The Wonderfully Checkered Past of a Soul Rock Goddess

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 7:58 AM

"1973. It was a golden age of our lifetime...forty years ago was the pinnacle of creativity in the rock world...and if it lasts for infinity that would be a blessing...and an opportunity for everyone to share it long after we're gone..."

By way of Morgan Neville's brilliant documentary 20...

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Livin' on a Prayer: The Giants and Jets Belong to Jersey!

(15) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Albert Einstein, who preferred Mozart, socialism, and modern physics to sports once proclaimed "if the facts don't fit the theory -- change the facts!" Years later, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie accurately pointed out that "the only thing 'New York' about the Giants is the 'NY' on their helmet." Einstein...

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Old Jocks and Old Rockers: We Too Are One in the Windy City

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 5:08 PM

Six years ago a dear friend and former band-mate of mine - who once slung a Gibson Les Paul waist low whilst brilliantly plying his craft in the music venues that formerly dominated the Greenwich Village New York City landscape - formed a tight knit group of simpatico retired rock...

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Never Mind the 'Roids of Summer: That's Entertainment!

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Question: What do baseball player Ryan Braun and rock singer Scott Weiland have in common? Answer: They are both entertainers who have lost their jobs at one time or another due to drug allegations!

Fortunately for Weiland, his chosen entertainment profession is that of a rock star, so he...

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