Category Archives: Rock and Roll

Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drums and Rock ‘n’ Roll by Carmine Appice

He ran with teenage gangs in Brooklyn before becoming a global rock star in the Summer of Love. He was managed by the mob, hung with Hendrix, trashed thousands of hotel rooms, unwittingly paid for an unknown Led Zeppelin to support him on tour, taught John Bonham (as well as Fred Astaire) a thing or two about drumming, and took part in Zeppelin’s infamous deflowering of a groupie with a mud shark. After enrolling in Rod Stewart’s Sex Police, he hung out with Kojak, accidentally shared a house with Prince, became blood brothers with Ozzy Osbourne, and got fired by Sharon. He formed an all-blond hair metal band, jammed with John McEnroe and Steven Seagal, became a megastar in Japan, got married five times, slept with 4,500 groupies—and, along the way, became a rock legend by single-handedly reinventing hard rock and heavy metal drumming.

Carmine Appice has enjoyed a jaw-dropping rock-and-roll life—and here he is telling his scarcely believable story. Co-written with Ian Gittins, the coauthor with Nikki Sixx of the New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries, Stick It! is one of the most extraordinary and outrageous rock-and-roll biographies of our time.

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Our Musical Journey to Tennessee: Part 1 – Memphis, Home of the Blues, Birthplace to Rock ‘N’ Roll

July was an action packed music month for us. The month started with our vacation trip to Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. Stay tuned for other music posts about more music events we experienced in July.

I brought along an essential music book to read on the plane, Mystery Train (Sixth Edition) by authoritative music journalist, Greil Marcus. The synergy of this book fit perfect with the music mission. The first chapter was about Harmonica Frank, 1951 (the year of my birth), Sam Phillips and Sun Studio. The book set the stage for the first leg of the music journey, Memphis. There was also a chapter about Elvis Presley but more about the King of Rock and Roll in Memphis later in this saga. 🙂

The path of American music discovery

A major goal in the music of our heart has been to visit the four homes (birthplaces) of American music, blues, country, jazz and rock n roll. We had previously visited the birthplace of jazz, New Orléans, Louisiana where we saw Preservation Hall on St. Peters Street.

We journeyed first to Memphis, Tennessee to learn more about the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock n roll. We stayed at the Hampton Inn at 175 Peabody Place a half block away from Beale Street.

The music on Beale Street spirited us out of the  hotel and around the block like a pied piper. We saw two blocks of motorcycles lining the pedestrian thoroughfare.

Bikes on Beale

“I’m walking in Memphis, Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale” Marc Cohn ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Beale Street is a majestic street. We took note of B.B. Kings Blues Club at the top of Beale. We decided to have dinner and catch a show there the next night. We had to pay our respects to the King of the Blues.

From the 1920s to the 1940s, Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Memphis Minnie, B. B. King, Rufus Thomas, Rosco Gordon and other blues and jazz legends played on Beale Street and helped develop the style known as Memphis Blues. As a young man, B. B. King was billed as “the Beale Street Blues Boy”.

We had a fantastic dinner at the Flying Fish the first night. It was rated 4.5 stars. The fish was deeeelicious as my great-nephew Blake loves to say 🙂

The next day we signed up for a day tour of Memphis at the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. We had a wonderful tour guide. Our first stop was Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. I kept hearing the song, “Graceland” by Paul Simon in my head as we drove to the tourist attraction.

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Graceland was a sight to behold. What knocked me out the most about Elvis’s estate was The Jungle Room and the sheer amount of awards he received in his lifetime for music and movies. Truly we were witnessing the King of Rock N Roll’s palace. What an honor it was to see it all.

The next stop on the Memphis tour was Sun Studio. A momentous place where Sam Phillips recorded, Howlin Wolf, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. We didn’t take the studio tour as the place was mobbed. We looked around, took some pictures, bought some souvenirs and got back on the shuttle. Finally got to witness the birthplace of rock n roll.

(RoadTripSports.com photo by Kendall Webb)

I preordered the book that Peter Guralnick has been writing about Sam Phillips for 25 years. My goal is to learn more about Sam Phillips from his close friend.  Peter Guralnick is the definitive Memphis music historian. I can’t wait to get back to Memphis and continue the music discovery.

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Nashville Skyline  will be Part 2, stay tuned….

Congratulations Rick on 50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Koo and More!

Rick Derringer has been one of my faves since The McCoys and “Hang on Sloopy“. I have seen him with his band as well as with Edgar Winter’s White Trash and Ringo Starr‘s All Starrs. He rocks that guitar like nobody’s business. Rock On for another 50 Rick!

Rick Derringer signed this 8×10 glossy for me in the crowded lobby at The Ridgefield Playhouse. It was so cool to meet him that night. The Rick Derringer Group opened for Mountain.

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Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

This album kicks ass. You’ll love how it feels in your bones.

Daltrey is donating his royalties from the album to Britain’s Teen Cancer Trust, of which he is a Patron.

Read More: Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, ‘Going Back Home’ – Album Review | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/wilko-johnson-and-roger-daltrey-going-back-home-album-review/?trackback=tsmclip

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 10 Songs – Greil Marcus

 

Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock ’n’ roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out—a new language, something new under the sun.

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 10 Songs is available for purchase in stores and online. Disregard the September 2, 2014 availability date. I saw it on the shelf today at Barnes & Noble, Inc.

The Facebook page for this book is being managed by the Publisher, Yale University Press. It’s quite informative in positioning the 10 songs and includes the YouTube links for each song.

 

Bob Seger – Ride Out, October 14, 2014

The inimitable Bob Seger is readying his first new studio album in eight years, Ride Out. The album is scheduled to drop on October 14, 2014.

The first song to première from Ride Out is “Detroit Made”. Bob Seger released a cover of John Hiatt‘s “Detroit Made”, which served as the opening song on his Spring 2013 tour to radio stations, specifically timed to last weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual car event held in the Detroit suburbs.

 

RIP Johnny Winter

The news of Johnny Winter‘s death was a total shock. I had watched in earnest as Johnny Winter staged his superstar-backed comeback with the forthcoming album, Step Back. Alas that’s all changed now…

My favorite memory of Johnny Winter is his high energy yell, “Rock and Rolllll” and the driving rhythm on “Johnny B. Goode” from the Live Johnny Winter And album.

Rest In Peace Johnny Winter you brought it to your fans in spite of your pain and struggle. We’re all the better for your raw rock and roll energy and eloquent bluesmen ship.

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Live Johnny Winter and (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

The Fest for Beatles Fans 2014

2014 ushers in the 50th anniversary celebration of the British Invasion. I’ll never forget The Beatles arrival at New York’s Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964. It was a school day and I had snuck my Sears

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English: The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silvertone AM transistor radio into 8th grade Science class listening to The Beatles being met at the airplane gate by thousands of screaming fans. I was fortunate that my Science teacher, Mrs. Barnum was hard of hearing so I could hear history in the making from inside my desk 😉

The British Invasion Bands 1964

The Fest for Beatles Fans 2014

A baby boomer’s dream event. The Fest for Beatles Fans will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in New York City. It is scheduled to take place at The Grand Hyatt in NYC (and later in the year in Chicago and Los Angeles) from Friday February 7th through Sunday February 9th 2014 (50 Years from the night that changed music forever when The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show in front of 73 million viewers!).

For more information about the event, the memorabilia, the exhibits, the concerts, what is happening when that weekend refer to The Fest for Beatles Fans Website

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Baroque Pop

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Baroque pop is a form of music that conflates rock ‘n roll with classical. Two of the most popular baroque pop albums in recording history are 1966’s Pet Sounds and 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Many believe that the sound was pioneered by The Zombies with the release of their first single, “She’s Not There”, in 1964.

I love the baroque sound The Rolling Stones forged on the tracks, “Ruby Tuesday“, “Lady Jane“, “Play With Fire” and “As Tears Go By“.

The Beatles created a wonderful baroque classic in  “Eleanor Rigby“.

Another one of my favorite baroque pop recordings is “Everyone” by Van Morrison from the classic Moondance album.

What is your favorite baroque pop song? Perhaps you could share that with the readership as a comment to this post. 🙂

Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs

Robin Trower’s career has spanned more than four decades. He is one of the finest guitarists in Rock n’ Roll history.

I first picked up on his brilliance by listening to Procol Harum‘s Broken Barricades (1971), his farewell album with that band. I played it often as I loved the textures and the power chords exhibited on those tracks. It was a decidedly different direction from Procol Harum’s previous repertoire.

I next interacted with Trower’s guitar sonics finding and traveling the Bridge of Sighs he built in 1974.

After Procol Harum, Robin Trower shifted into “power trio” mode with what were categorized as “solo” efforts. Terming Bridge of Sighs a solo effort was incorrect because this was a full-fledged three-piece band with James Dewar (bass and vocals) and Reg Isidore (drums).