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  • The Best Biography of Lynyrd Skynyrd to Date
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    The Best Biography of Lynyrd Skynyrd to Date

    published Apr 23, 2015

    Whiskey Bottles and Brand New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd By Mark Ribowsky Chicago Review Press, 288 pp., $27.95 Of all the major American classic-rock bands, is there any ... More >>

  • 1965: The Year the '60s Really Started to Swing

    published Apr 22, 2015

    1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music By Andrew Grant Jackson Thomas Dunne Books, 352 pp., $27.99 A guy who knew a thing or two about the era, Bob Dylan, once surmised that the 1960s really star... More >>

  • The Improbable Return of Houston Prog-Rockers Chameleon
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    The Improbable Return of Houston Prog-Rockers Chameleon

    published Apr 15, 2015

    Houston has a reputation for and kindness toward some music genres more than others. Blues, blues-rock, rap, metal, country and even psychedelia have all flourished in various clubs both still running... More >>

  • Black Sabbath's Ongoing Journey Into Evil
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    Black Sabbath's Ongoing Journey Into Evil

    published Apr 14, 2015

    Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe By Mick Wall St. Martin's Press, 400 pp., $27.99 In one of the most memorable scenes of the fictional rock mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, the clueless heavy-m... More >>

  • For Dennis DeYoung, It's Still the Best of Times

    published Apr 09, 2015

    To many classic-rock fans, it would seem a bit of unnecessary clarification to bill a Dennis DeYoung show as "Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx." After all, as the band's main vocalist, chief songwr... More >>

  • Legendary Rock Scribe's Memoir Light on Music

    published Apr 08, 2015

    Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man - A Memoir By Robert Christgau Dey Street Books, 384 pp., $27.99 Though the "Dean of American Rock Critics" gave himself that title in 1970 as... More >>

  • Jimi Hendrix Has New Music Out...and It's Legal
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    Jimi Hendrix Has New Music Out...and It's Legal

    published Mar 25, 2015

    Before he became a psychedelic shaman and the most lauded guitar player or his (or, arguably, any) era, Jimi Hendrix was "Jimmy" Hendrix. A jobbing, wandering axeman for hire, he spent lean years len... More >>

  • Confidant's Janis Joplin Memoir Is One of the Best Yet
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    Confidant's Janis Joplin Memoir Is One of the Best Yet

    published Mar 18, 2015

    On the Road with Janis Joplin By John Byrne Cooke Berkley, 432 pp., $26.95. Popular conception of Janis Joplin is that of the bluesy, boozy, hey-lawdy-mama who was a fireball onstage in a swirl of ha... More >>

  • J. Geils Band Throws a Raucous German Haus Party

    published Mar 17, 2015

    The J. Geils Band House Party Live in Germany Eagle Rock Entertainment (CD/DVD), 68 mins. $19.98 They are likely best known -- and came into most general music fans' consciousness -- via their '80s M... More >>

  • They Came From the '60s! The Zombie Invasion Continues!
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    They Came From the '60s! The Zombie Invasion Continues!

    published Mar 12, 2015

    So imagine this sonic scenario. You are a member of a '60s British Invasion band looking to distinguish yourself from various Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Animals, Pacemakers, Hermits, Troggs and Pretty Th... More >>

  • Patterson Hood Touts Drive-By Truckers' New Unity
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    Patterson Hood Touts Drive-By Truckers' New Unity

    published Mar 05, 2015

    Over a discography of work, some rock bands become closely identified with their frequent record cover artists be it Ken Kelly with KISS, Jim Fitzpatrick with Thin Lizzy, or Roger Dean with Yes and a ... More >>

  • The Late Jack Bruce Throws a Belated Birthday Party

    published Mar 04, 2015

    Jack Bruce: The 50th Birthday Concerts MIG Music, Multiple Formats When Jack Bruce passed away late last year at the age of 71, every story and obituary led, understandably, with his best known music... More >>

  • Tribute CD Honors Texas Blues Legend Bugs Henderson

    published Mar 03, 2015

    When blues guitarist Bugs Henderson died from liver cancer in 2012 at the age of 68, Texas music lost one of its storied veterans. The native of Tyler spent much of his life performing and based in th... More >>

  • Making of <em>Purple Rain</em> Makes a Great Read
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    Making of Purple Rain Makes a Great Read

    published Mar 02, 2015

    Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain By Alan Light Atria Books, 304 pp., $26. If you were a Warner Brothers movie studio executive, you had damn good reason to be nervous in July 1984... More >>

  • The Glorious Sons Seek a More Perfect Union

    published Feb 27, 2015

    With American Top 40 playlists dominated these days by pop tarts, hip-hoppers, alt-screamers, sensitive singer-songwriters, and boy bands, there isn't much room for straight-ahead rock and rollers any... More >>

  • Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer: Coffee Kingpin & Part-Time Texan

    published Feb 26, 2015

    There is no more quintessential "Boston" rock band than Aerosmith. Since their formation some 45 years ago(!) they've proudly stood for everything Beantown, and even have an official city historical p... More >>

  • Jorma Kaukonen Ain't in No Hurry Anymore

    published Feb 24, 2015

    As the quintessential American troubadour, Woody Guthrie recorded hundreds of original songs in addition to his adaptation of traditionals. He performed even more than he recorded, and wrote more than... More >>

  • Book Examines Crucial Partnerships of James Madison, the "Lost" Founding Father

    published Feb 20, 2015

    Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America By David O. Stewart 433 pp. $28 Simon and Schuster As the jacket flap for this book notes, its subject was "Short, plain, balding, neither soldie... More >>

  • Daryl Hall & John Oates Still Making Their Dreams Come True
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    Daryl Hall & John Oates Still Making Their Dreams Come True

    published Feb 20, 2015

    It was a special opportunity for Houston fans of Hall & Oates last year when the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees played the intimate Arena Theatre. Making the evening more special, concer... More >>

  • Mike Rutherford's Living Years in Genesis Had Many Revelations

    published Feb 18, 2015

    The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir By Mike Rutherford Thomas Dunne Books, 256 pp., $25.99. While best known as the guitarist (and sometimes bassist/guitarist) for prog rockers-turned-pop-sens... More >>

  • Ex-Grateful Dead Manager Has Quite a Tale

    published Feb 17, 2015

    Richard Loren was a button-down, straight-laced, business-minded recent college graduate in 1966 when, as manager of a company that staged musicals in large tents, he handled a string of shows by razz... More >>

  • Alice Cooper Makes a Ghoulishly Good Valentine's Date
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    Alice Cooper Makes a Ghoulishly Good Valentine's Date

    published Feb 16, 2015

    Alice Cooper Bayou Music Center February 14, 2015 Sure, it might not have seemed like a traditional date-night destination. But scores of couples in the nearly-sold out Bayou Music Center chose to s... More >>

  • The Grateful Dead's Journey Is Far From Over

    published Feb 13, 2015

    No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead By Peter Richardson St. Martin's, 384 pp., $26.99 With 2015 marking the 50th anniversary of their formation, expect a lot of attention paid ... More >>

  • Stalking the Elusive Vanilla Whale: Hard Rock Ahoy!
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    Stalking the Elusive Vanilla Whale: Hard Rock Ahoy!

    published Feb 11, 2015

    Blackbeard Recording Studios off Kuykendahl Road in Spring isn't the easiest place to find. There's no eye-catching sign on the plain, box-shaped concrete building behind a strip center, which also h... More >>

  • In the Beginning There Was Genesis, and It Was Good

    published Jan 27, 2015

    Genesis: Sum of the Parts Eagle Rock, 118 mins. $24.99 Blu-Ray/$14.98 DVD Originally shown on BBC Television, though not without controversy from one of its subjects (more on that later), Sum of th... More >>

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