Early on in his remarkably well-researched book, “The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie & the 1970s”, Peter Doggett posits that Bowie’s seminal folk-rock song “Changes” is a thesis statement for his entire legend, a sort of musical I Ching wherein all the complexities and possibilities of David Jones the man combined to form David Bowie, the legend. Continue reading
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68 Songs for Neil Young’s 68th Birthday
To me, Neil Young is the greatest musician who will ever live. He chases down ghosts and makes them sing. He wrenches beauty from brutality. He connects delicate fragments like a wise old spider. He’s a touchstone of authenticity in this false, confusing world. He’s the prairie wind, blowin’ through our heads. He’s just the coolest, most fearless artist of our time.
He’s given us so much over the years that it is difficult to appreciate the scope of his musical output. To prove that point, here’s 68 songs from his staggeringly varied and enormous catalogue, in celebration of his 68th birthday. Continue reading
Happy Birthday, Robert Nighthawk!
Today we celebrate one of the great semi-forgotten masters of slide guitar, Mr. Robert Lee McCollum, otherwise known as Robert Nighthawk (one of the greatest pseudonyms in blues history). Continue reading
Happy Birthday, Audio Reckoning!
As Audio Reckoning celebrates its one-year anniversary, I decided to post a list of songs that have repeatedly bounced around in my soul for the last year. Continue reading
Blues for Bukowski
I was researching artist birthdays when I stumbled across this tune. It’s a collaboration between Mike Watt (bassist for the Minutemen), Stephen Hodges (drummer for Tom Waits & David Lynch), and a forward-thinking American violinist named Chris Murphy (about whom I know nothing). Continue reading
Eddie Kirkland, Gypsy of the Blues
Eddie Kirkland was a blues singer and guitarist who was born on August 16th, 1923, in Jamaica. His young mother relocated him to Alabama, where he was raised until he ran away and joined a medicine show when he was twelve. Continue reading
David Crosby Is An Old Man
Today is the seventy-first birthday of David Van Cortlandt Crosby. Continue reading
Bach’s Bluegrass Birthday
Live from the Desert (Brant Bjork’s Birthday)
Today is Brant Bjork’s 39th birthday. Bjork is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist with a long resume of projects, both as a band member and a quasi-solo artist. But he is known to most rock fans primarily as the founding drummer of Kyuss, the most influential band ever to come out of Palm Desert California. Continue reading
Nicky Hopkins was a renowned keyboardist in the 1960s and 70s, who played regularly with The Rolling Stones, and contributed the distinctive electric piano on The Beatles “Revolution”. Continue reading