Bob Ruggiero

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  • 2 days ago | Books

    98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music By Maceo Parker Chicago Review Press, 200 pp., $19.99 As a bandleader, James Brown could be a sonofabitch. Everyone knew hr ran a tight ship – perhaps too tight – when it came to his band in the ‘60s and...

  • 17 days ago | Books

    Stick It! My Life in Sex, Drums, and Rock ‘n’ Roll By Carmine Appice with Ian Gittins Chicago Review Press, 288 pp., $26.99 As one of rock’s most storied drummers, Carmine Appice was a member of Vanilla Fudge; the hugely underrated Cactu...

  • 23 days ago | Inquiring Minds

    For more than 30 years, singer/harmonica player Rick Estrin — he of the sharp suits, high pompadour, thick black glasses, and distinct pencil-thin moustache — was best known for fronting the swing blues group Little Charlie and the Nightcats, name...

  • 24 days ago | Classic Rock Corner

    Coming out of the suburbs of London in 1963, the quintessentially English Yardbirds had one of the more interesting career trajectories of bands in terms of sound. They hatched as a mostly hardcore blues-based group, specializing in covers like “G...

  • 1 month ago | Inquiring Minds

    Dear Mark May, All is forgiven. Really. It’s OK that you moved back to your hometown of Columbus, Ohio, about five years ago after spending nearly 20 in our fair city. Local audiences were privileged to experience your brand of fiery blues rock wh...

  • 1 month ago | Bayou City

    The title track of the Mighty Orq’s fifth studio album, Love in a Hurricane, is a beautiful paean to marital bliss as it follows a couple from their hometown of Odessa to the “bright lights” of Houston, and finally to a suburban love nest west of ...

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