Peter Stampfens

Music Reviews: ‘Peter Stampfel’s 20th Century in 100 Songs,’ Plus Steve Goodman and Buddy Holly’s Crickets

From the earliest days of his musical career, Peter Stampfel has avoided popular music’s main roads, preferring to wander down side streets that have allowed him to be his idiosyncratic self and innovate. In the early 1960s, he cofounded the quirky psychedelic folk group the Holy Modal Rounders, which reinvented songs dating back to the […]

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Music Reviews: An ‘Ultimate’ Edition of John Lennon’s First Major Solo Album, Plus Al Stewart’s ‘Year of the Cat’

  By Jeff Burger John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band—which first appeared in December 1970 and has just been reissued as a vastly expanded box set—was Lennon’s his first major post-Beatles release. (A trio of slightly earlier and rarely heard avant-garde records that he made with Yoko Ono hardly qualify as “major.”) He would make some excellent […]

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