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60s And 70s US Rock
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Tuesday 02 August 2011
OK, I was wrong. Again! You have been quick to point out that the real sign of growing old is not sharing our parents’ clothes, but their musical taste.
Dan Peek: Singer and songwriter who co-founded America, the 1970s soft-rock trio who started life in Britain
Thursday 28 July 2011
Often dismissed by British critics as soft rock one-hit wonders, America wrote and demoed their best known song, the highly evocative "A Horse With No Name", not in Laurel Canyon but at Arthur Brown's home studio in rainy Dorset, and recorded its sun-kissed harmonies not in Los Angeles but at Morgan Sound Studios in North London in 1971. Comprising Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek, three US Army brats attending London Central High School while their fathers were stationed at the US Air Force base at RAF West Ruislip, Middlesex, in the 1960s, they were discovered by Jeff Dexter, the host and promoter of underground events at London's Roundhouse, and his friend Ian Samwell, who produced their eponymous debut, as well as "A Horse With No Name", a stand-alone single subsequently added to the album.
Friday 22 July 2011
Any band hailing from Seattle carries the pressure of that city's illustrious musical past as the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and the grunge genre. But indie-folk sextet The Head and the Heart haven't done badly in their attempts to live up to high expectations over the past year. Their self-titled, self-funded debut album sold 10,000 copies purely on word-of-mouth, securing them grass-roots success, a record deal with Sub Pop and the album's re-release this year.
Sunday 17 July 2011
Last year's Streets of Our Time was an attractive enough hash of Slim Chancey folk breeze and bird imagery.
Friday 15 July 2011
Thursday 14 July 2011
A Union Jack and Stars and Stripes flutter on screen together at the close of "America", Neil Diamond's idealistic love letter to his homeland. So in one deft move he rebuilds the special relationship in London. You instantly sense how this trouper in his 71st year strives to make every crowd from Cape Town to Glasgow feel a personal connection. Yet for much of the two-hour set, Neil Diamond remains impossible to resist.
Sunday 10 July 2011
Saturday 09 July 2011
The success of Steely Dan was built on the unusual, inspired, occasionally acerbic songwriting of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen and their all-encompassing perfectionism.
Thursday 07 July 2011
"Whispering" bob Harris is to host The Old Grey Whistle Test once again in a radio revival of the classic BBC music show.
Friday 01 July 2011
Musicians like to think they are writing songs for people like themselves, but they can be sorely mistaken, as Tom Petty found when his anthem "American Girl" was blasted out before the right-wing US presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann took the stage. He promptly sent her a "cease and desist" letter.
Monday 20 June 2011
In 1975, the rock photographer Eric Meola took nearly a thousand photographs of Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band for the cover of the album, Born To Run.
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