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Johnette Napolitano – 21-Century Renaissance Woman

Like many, I became aware of Concrete Blonde with their 1990 hit single “Joey” from their breakout album ‘Bloodletting.’ As with most bands I come to love, I had to dig deep into the archives of Concrete Blonde. When I…

Joan Jett: Celebrating the One and Only Queen of Rock & Roll

When I saw the video for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock & Roll” in early 1980’s, it blew my mind. Here was this petite woman clad in leather playing loud aggressive rock & roll in a gritty…

Remembering Grant Hart: March 18, 1961 – September 14, 2017

Photo by Andrew Moxom Confession: I once was someone, who, if given the prompt “Hüsker Dü,” would imagine Bob Mould playing his Flying V guitar, and then would imagine Greg Norton playing bass with his ahead-of-its-time-slash-left-over-from-the-70s hipster ‘stache. Grant Hart…

Remembering Johnny Cash: February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003

When I was a little kid the newspapers would always print notable birthdays, deaths, and world events of the day. It would always intrigue me. I guess, thinking back, that is why I always do the daily Music History section…

Remembering Patsy Cline: September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963

There were two reasons I wanted to write (and learn more) about Patsy Cline. First, “Crazy,” one of Cline’s signature songs, was written by Willie Nelson. While I did not grow up with Patsy Cline playing on the hi-fi at…

Remembering Buddy Holly: September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959

“[Buddy Holly] passed it on via the Beatles and via [the Rolling Stones] … He’s in everybody.” -Keith Richards For a man who died at the early age of 22, Buddy Holly’s influence on music is immeasurable. The Beatles took…

Remembering Keith Moon August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978

Who’s the greatest drummer in rock & roll history? Rolling Stone says Neil Peart, but that’s obviously not right because, well, he’s in Rush. You could name a lot of impressive drummers from otherwise annoying bands, like Travis Barker from…

Steve Jones: Have Mercy

We all know Steve Jones’ legacy being the backbone of the iconic punk group the Sex Pistols, but some fail to remember that Jones was a solo artist, albeit for a brief period of time in the late 1980s. After…