John Sebastian

An Interview with Lovin’s Spoonful’s John Sebastian

    The Lovin’ Spoonful cofounder, who composed some of the greatest hit singles of the 1960s, talks about his childhood, his songwriting, the Woodstock festival, his new album, and more. Bright spots permeated AM radio in the late 1960s, but none shone brighter than the songs of John Sebastian and the group he co-founded, the […]

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Alan Freed

Music Reviews: Alan Freed’s Radio Shows, Eliza Gilkyson, Mickey & Sylvia, and Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky

Music Reviews: Alan Freed’s Radio Shows, Eliza Gilkyson, Mickey & Sylvia, and Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky  A Musical Time Machine Imagine being able to go back in time and listen in on legendary disc jockey Alan Freed’s early- and mid-fifties rock and roll radio shows on Cleveland’s WJW and New York’s WINS. That’s essentially […]

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200 Motels Frank Zappa

Music Reviews: A 50th-Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s ‘200 Motels’ plus Jeff Tweedy’s ‘Chelsea Walls’ soundtrack and Josh Caterer’s ‘Space Sessions

Music Reviews: A 50th-Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s ‘200 Motels’ plus Jeff Tweedy’s ‘Chelsea Walls’ soundtrack and Josh Caterer’s ‘Space Sessions’   Lots of craziness went down in the arts in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but it’s hard to think of anything much crazier than Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, a film that first […]

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The Doors' L.A. Woman

Music Reviews: The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman’ (50th-Anniversary Edition) plus Rod Stewart and a Holiday-themed Anthology

Music Reviews: The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman’ (50th-Anniversary Edition) plus Rod Stewart and a Holiday-themed Anthology  ‘L.A. Woman’ Shines at Fifty Like all its predecessors, April 1971’s L.A. Woman—the sixth and final studio album by the original Doors—achieved Top 10 sales chart status and has now become the subject of a 50th-anniversary deluxe edition. The numbered, […]

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Pretenders

Music Reviews: Pretenders Classics Expanded, Plus Dion, Carole King, James Taylor, and More

Music Reviews: Pretenders Classics Expanded, Plus Dion, Carole King, James Taylor, and More The Pretenders’ eponymous 1980 first album ranks among the best debut LPs in modern rock. Pretenders II, their 1981 sophomore effort, is somewhat less impressive but contains enough winners to suggest that its predecessor was no fluke. On the debut, which overflows […]

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Bruce Springsteen

Music Reviews: Bruce Springsteen ’s ‘No Nukes’ Concert, plus Eric Clapton, a Fred Neil Tribute, and More

Music Reviews: Bruce Springsteen ’s ‘No Nukes’ Concert, plus Eric Clapton, a Fred Neil Tribute, and More The Boss Proves It All Night Though the 1979 recording that resulted from that September’s No Nukes benefit concert filled three LPs, it barely scratched the surface of the performances at that event by Bruce Springsteen and the […]

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