Let's Stomp: Merseybeat

Music Reviews: ‘Let’s Stomp!,’ a Merseybeat Anthology, plus Nils Lofgren, Johnny Winter, Kentucky Colonels, and Daryl Mosley

As you know if you’ve read Tune In, Mark Lewisohn’s peerless history of the Beatles’ pre-fame years, the Fab Four were hardly the only musicians blazing new trails in and around Liverpool in the U.K. in the early 1960s. Hundreds of groups were vying for fame while creating the genre that came to be called […]

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Swinging Blue Jeans Anthology

Music Reviews: The Swinging Blue Jeans, plus Bo Diddley, Andrew Duhon, Monica Taylor, Fantastic Cat, and Megan Bee

In the early 1960s, the Swinging Blue Jeans were in pretty much the same place as the Beatles—not just musically but literally. They had a residency at Liverpool, England’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles, who also famously performed there, once appeared as their guests. Like the Fab Four, moreover, they honed their act at Hamburg, […]

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