I vividly recall experiencing the Pink Floyd concert documentary, “Pink Floyd:Live At Pompeii” in the early 70’s. It was a feast for the eyes and senses which I found transfixing.
45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows in July 2016. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheater, and, for two nights only, the 2,600-strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.
‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances.
I have discovered a new specialty coffee franchise I want to share Classic Rock Coffee Company. Their motto is “Our Coffee Rocks”. I decided to build the time into my morning commute to check them out.
Classic Rock Coffee Co.in East Haven, Connecticut is situated on the town line at 23 Main Street. The coffee franchise is housed inside the historic building once known as The Old Mill. It was once the location of the first Iron Works in Connecticut and third in the Nation.
My curiosity and love of classic rock drew me to their door on a wet Wednesday morning. I was enchanted with what I saw, sensed, and tasted. I ordered a single origin Ethiopia coffee V60 Pourover 12 oz specialty drink. I was informed by my barista it would take 3-5 minutes to roast and prepare. I was fine with that option. I also purchased the War Pig Breakfast Sandwich.
While my coffee and sandwich were prepared I perused the establishment, highly interested in the framed vinyl albums and guitars that adorned various walls.
I spoke with Dennis Engelhard one of the two brothers (Howard) that own this franchise location. He shared the fact that Classic Rock Coffee Company only streams classic rock music, which is my stated preference. They do take requests and they can stream a custom playlist should they desire to do so. My request would be Pink Floyd Division Bell and The Endless River 😉
I definitely plan to return for a sit and sip 16 oz coffee served in a ceramic mug 😉
Check out Classic Rock Coffee Company next time you are in the Branford/East Haven shoreline community. They Rock!
My sincere apologies to my readers for being unable to post on MusicOfOurHeart lately. My life has been engulfed with preparing and delivering quality learning the past two months.
Like many Pink Floyd fans I eagerly await the album, The Endless River on November 10th. I find myself listening to Division Bell, which I love to get happily lost inside of.
I am eager to hear the final performances of late keyboardist, Rick Wright playing with Nick Mason and David Gilmour on The Endless River which is an extension of the Division Bell recording sessions.
I can always count on Uncut Magazine to deliver the definitive progressive rock cover story. Yesterday, Pink Floyd announced to the world that they will be releasing their 15th studio recording, The Endless River, on November 10th, 2014.
Uncut Magazine followed suit today by making available the digital magazine edition of the November 2014 issue for my iPad. I’m Lovin It!
Yesterday I wrote about the Super Duper Alice Cooper rockumentary. Today’s post is a companion reference about Alice Cooper’s manager, Shep Gordon and yes they are both in each of these documentary films. 😉
I was reading about Mike Myers (Austin Powers, SNL fame) curious to know what was going on with him when I learned about his latest project, a documentary called, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. I Googled to find out more about, Mike Meyers, the film and its subject Shep Gordon. It turns out Mike Myers and Shep Gordon are long time friends and this documentary is a labor of mutual respect.
According to IMDb:
In his directorial début, Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon will be available in cinemas on July 18th. Cool!
I was very saddened to learn that genius music graphic designer Storm Thorgerson had passed away. He joins that well deserved Great Gig In The Sky.
We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep’s Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.
He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend.
The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work.
I will miss him.