Story by Chris Kornelis. At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least 11 children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the f ... More >>
tallgirl.comL-R: Kenny Vaughan, Tim Krekel, Carl Perkins and Marshall Chapman at New York's Bottom Line, November 1996A year ago, Lonesome Onry and Mean wrote in these pages about the passing of a rather unsung musical giant, Tim Krekel. So it was quite a pleasant surprise to recently open a ... More >>
Spearhead leader Michael Franti's Middle Eastern trip inspires an unlikely Top 40 hit.
Stop Making Sense Music-business legend Gary Kurfirst passed away from undisclosed causes while on vacation in Nassau, the Bahamas, January 13. A venue owner, talent manager, film producer and label founder, Kurfirst opened New York City's Village Theater, later known as the Fillmore East, in 1967. ... More >>
Who Dat? Spooky Tooth was formed in 1967 out of the ashes of a band called Art, which featured Mike Harrison (vocals/keyboards), Luther Grosvenor (guitar), Greg Ridley (bass), and Mike Kellie (drums). Signed to Chris Blackwell's Island label, Art's debut album went nowhere. Blackwell spotted vocal ... More >>
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>
The Musica Fresca tour stops Friday, September 22, at Planeta Bar Rio, 6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600.
July 23 - 29, 1998
From the closet to the charts, Melissa Etheridge is out and rising