Live at the Fillmore East & West – John Glatt

I peer inside the hallowed halls of The Fillmore East and The Fillmore West, musing about the unique concert stories each bedrock music venue can unearth. Thankfully these sacred tales and more have been brought to light by author John Glatt in his new book, Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock’s Greatest Legend

John Glatt’s book begins with a foreword by Joshua White who founded the legendary Joshua Light Show. The rock music history that unfolded had a unique illuminated art as its backdrop from the art of Joshua White and his team. I was fortunate to witness this light show at The Fillmore East in June of 1969 at a Jeff Beck Group show I have written about on this blog.

Should you wish to know more about the Joshua Light Show and the team that provided the lighting I refer you to the book, Live at the Fillmore East A Photographic Memoir by Amalie R. Rothschild.

I view John Glatt’s book as a companion piece to Amalie’s publication. If you combine John Glatt’s first book, Rage & Roll : Bill Graham and the Selling of Rock with Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out by Bill Graham and Robert Greenfield you will own the definitive core knowledge that laid the foundation for the art form of the rock music concert.

I am eager to acquire John Glatt’s books to add them to my rock music concert library. I am certain his books will be a valuable read of depth and insight. These books are certain to provide invaluable knowledge about how Bill Graham conducted business with the famous rock musicians in the day.

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Sound Man by Glyn Johns

I have many music books and never enough time to read them all. I am thankful for my extensive music library.

I have been reading and reflecting on the best music books of 2014. One book title that really stands out is Sound Man by Glyn Johns.

Glyn Johns has been behind the soundboard recording dozens of monumental recordings in the annals of rock music.  His work evidences the midas touch of Sir George Martin, Eddie Kramer, Rick Rubin and T-Bone Burnett.

If I had to name my favorite Glyn John’s recording it would be Who’s Next. Every time I hear the songs from this album I understand unequivocally why rock and roll resonates in my soul.

“Sound Man opens with a declaration: A record producer has to have an opinion and the ego to express it more convincingly than anyone else. So Glyn Johns has stood his ground with a few big headed rock stars? I must be the exception. I’ve only had transcendental moments in the studio with Glyn. Returning to the control room after a studio take I often felt like running: the joy of hearing what Glyn had created out of the glue-and-string that was The Who was like a drug. He is an artist himself of supreme talent and experience.” —Pete Townshend

Gov’t Mule – Dark Side of the Mule

I find Gov’t Mule one of the most versatile jam bands around. They constantly prove their mettle by performing the music of other bands they admire with a clear intent. I have seen them do many covers and full albums they are totally amazing when they get cranking.

Gov’t Mule just released, Dark Side of the MuleThe 2008 Halloween Show from Boston’s Orpheum Theatre is now available in Deluxe CD/DVD, Double Vinyl, Standard CD and Digital Download versions. Dark Side of the Mule features 90 minutes of Pink Floyd covers and 3 hours of music and video.

Love My Mule!

The Last Ship – Sting Joins The Cast

Sting has joined the cast  of The Last Ship  that’s icing on the cake.

The Last Ship, “Is set in the English seaside town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He sets out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When Gideon returns home many years later, he finds the shipyard’s future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. This love triangle ignites just as the men and women of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence. And in the end Gideon comes to understand that he had indeed left behind more than he could have ever imagined.”

I started listening to Sting’s Deluxe Edition of The Last Ship in addition to the PBS Great Performances, Sting:The Last Ship.

Tomorrow, December 15th The Last Ship Original Broadway Cast Recording becomes available. A full musical exploration of The Last Ship will now ensue.

 

Gov’t. Mule Featuring John Scofield, Sco-Mule

In late September of 1999, John Scofield teamed with Gov’t Mule, then featuring original bass player the late Allen Woody, in Georgia for two legendary shows. These shows were recorded with the intention of it being a live release after the studio album Life before Insanity. After the passing of Woody, and the start of The Deep End project, those plans had been set aside. There are no audience recordings from these shows, so this will be the first time that anyone will be able to hear or relive what took place that night. Newly mixed and mastered, Sco-Mule features 2.5 hours of music and will be available as a 2-CD set and as a Double Vinyl Release.

2015 SCO-MULE WINTER TOUR!

Gov’t Mule is pleased to announce the 2015 Sco-Mule Winter Tour featuring Gov’t Mule with special guest John Scofield. Pre-sale tickets for the tour will go on sale beginning next Tuesday, December 9th at 12pm local time. The public on sale will follow next Friday, December 12th at 10am local time.

2.18 at Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA
2.19 at McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR
2.20 at Fox Oakland Theatre in Oakland, CA
2.24 at The Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
2.26 at State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
2.27 at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
2.28 at The Egyptian Room (Old National Centre) in Indianapolis, IN
3.01 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH
3.03 at Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC
3.05 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
3.06 at The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, VA
3.11 at State Theatre in Portland, ME

Jeff Beck – A Man For All Seasons: In The 1960s

This film traces Jeff Beck‘s music and career throughout the 1960s – his formative influences and early groups, his work with The Yardbirds, his brief, bizarre reinvention by producer Mickie Most as a solo pop star, and the first, radical incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group, during which he played alongside vocalist Rod Stewart and second guitarist Ron Wood. Featuring a plethora of rare performance and studio footage, exclusive interviews, contributions from those who worked with and alongside Jeff during this period and a host of other features, all of which combine to make this documentary – the first yet to singularly focus on Beck’s career – a legitimate tribute and enthralling history of this often underrated musician, writer and performer.

Bang & Olufsen’s Living Room Tour – Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana

Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Wyclef Jean will be hosting a musical journey with Carlos Santana and his beloved guitar, one of the most recognizable sounds in popular culture. The first installment is set for release on December 9th, with more videos to come throughout December and January.

More information including exclusive pictures from Carlos Santana’s home with Wyclef Jean in Las Vegas can be found on the Bang and Olufsen Blog.

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