George Harrison’s Hilarious Culture Shock Trip Through Small Town America

There was originally going to be an extra passenger on that trip to Illinois – Ringo Starr. On hearing of Louise’s intentions, the legendary drummer ”begged off, saying, ‘If she’s going to make us work, I’m not going.’”Harrison became a slight talking point in the Benton area. He bought a guitar – a Rickenbacker 425 – and played onstage with group The Four Vests. That performance made him the first Beatle to hit the US stage. The lifestyle of America was an eye opener for George Harrison by all accounts. Read the whole sordid tale at Source: George Harrison’s Hilarious Culture Shock Trip Through Small Town America

Watch Slash Play a Stratocaster During the “November Rain” Video Shoot | GuitarPlayer

It does look weird. “I have a bunch of cool Teles and some cool Strats. All things considered, I’m a Les Paul guy but I love good-sounding guitars. And as far as I’m concerned, you know, and Gibson probably wouldn’t want me to say it, but the Strat is hands-down probably one of the best, most versatile guitars there is.” Read the whole story here at Source: Watch Slash Play a Stratocaster During the “November Rain” Video Shoot | GuitarPlayer

Valley of the New York Dolls | The Village Voice

Check it out. I personally love this band and have both original LPs on vinyl. However, like the band themselves, I hear them as protesters yelling expletives from the top of the anti-corporate music bus. They were only Human Beings. Enjoy! The dreams of so many good people died with the New York Dolls. I can still remember the night we finished the first album. Thau and I raced over to Mercury to have two acetates cut, and later we listened, the ghostly sounds of more than a year’s worth of the  group’s concerts ringing in our ears. I put the dub on the turntable, sheer terror in my heart. Thau, who had discovered the band and had cared enough to spend the very best of himself and all of his money on the project, felt the same. It meant so much to us then. I think both of us suddenly realized that everything had, to some degree, passed out of our hands and into the hands of those kids from sweet Ioway whose legion ultimately said no! in thunder to the hopes of the New York Dolls. As Jean Renoir remarked: “You see, in this world, there is one awful thing, and that is that everyone has his reasons.” Read the whole article at Source: Valley of the NewContinue Reading

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on the five-year anniversary of his disco-pop opus ‘Currents’

I’ve been following this guy for a couple of years now. It’s good stuff. And the songs are quite mercurial. Following its release – when he finally let go – time and touring helped heal those wounds. The ensuing tour in support of ‘Currents’ took Parker to festival headline slots and arenas across the globe. A 45-show run last summer continued to dine out on that album’s appeal, and the dazzling live show continues to be revolutionised by the cosmic, electronic aspects of that album. Last year NME fondly dubbed Parker the master of “the slow rave”, a down and dirty club night played at half speed. “When we first started touring I was embarrassed to play [the songs],” he admits. “It took me a while to enjoy playing them. But the longer the time since the song has been out, the more I feel like the song belongs to my fans, it doesn’t belong to me. ‘The Less I Know The Better’ – I don’t feel like it’s my song. It belongs to the people who like it, so when I play it I feel like I’m playing it for them.” Embracing those fearful emotions and messing with the expectations people have of you worked wonders. The lessons he learned from it may come across simplistic, but if ‘Currents’ isContinue Reading

Dave Grohl Reflects on Foo Fighters at 25 | SPIN

I’m not a big FOO fan but I do like the man called Dave. Foo Fighters’ debut album turns 25 on July 4, which began a long run of success for Dave Grohl, one that seemed impossible in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s death a year earlier. To mark the big anniversary, Grohl spoke with Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson in a wide-ranging conversation. Grohl revealed that he was worried about being axed from Nirvana because, at the time of his joining, he was the band’s fifth drummer. “Well I mean I joined Nirvana, I was their fifth drummer, right? They’d had a team of drummers before me and some of them were more, I don’t know, more in the band than others,” Grohl said. “So when I joined the band, I didn’t know Krist and Kurt at all. And when we first met and started playing, it was clear that when we got together to play that it worked really well, and we sounded what most people know now to sound like Nirvana. We sounded like that. But you just meet these people and then it wasn’t long… It was almost exactly a year from the time I joined to the time Nevermind came out. And then once it came out, it was like things happen so quickly. The bandContinue Reading

Debbie Harry Talks Blondie, Marilyn Monroe, Iggy Pop’s Influence – Rolling Stone

Your first tour with Blondie was opening for Iggy Pop and David Bowie. What did you learn from watching them perform? There was a certain amount of improvisation in their performances. It wasn’t robotic, and the passion was there. Mr. Pop is passionate. It’s pretty obvious he’s kind of a wild guy, but he has standards; he has a controlled madness, and this is what it’s really all about. Did you find yourself changing as a performer after that tour? Probably. Experience is everything and I was sort of in an odd position as being a woman in a man’s band, and I tried not to be too coy or too cute — other than the fact that I wascute — but I tried to bring other elements into it. Whether I always achieved that is another story. Read the whole article at Source: Debbie Harry Talks Blondie, Marilyn Monroe, Iggy Pop’s Influence – Rolling Stone