It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: 30 Years Married to a Rolling Stone By Jo Wood It Books, 333 pp., $26. There are enough tomes by the ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, and ex-lovers of rock stars form their own subgenre of music books. And it's with good reason you rarely ever see one by a current squeeze -- as th ... More >>
The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane Eagle Rock, $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray, 147 mins. Originally shown on HBO last year, Crossfire Hurricane is the latest release from the Stones camp to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary, and meant to be the definitive documentary on their career. But wha ... More >>
Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones Live at the Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 Eagle Rock, 106 min., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 DVD/CD What a great time it is be a classic-rock fan with eyes as well as ears. Between a trove of rare and unreleased concert and TV appearance videos readily available on YouTu ... More >>
Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks Toyota Center August 9, 2012 I really wish that Rod Stewart is recording the past few years of tours he's had under his belt, because he's in essence setting the bar for how to grow old in rock and roll without looking like a granny doofus or a stuttering clown. At 67 year ... More >>
In the multi-fractured musical landscape of time, even "the world's greatest rock and roll band" found themselves in a precarious position in 1978. Joe Strummer and the Clash had declared "No Elvis, Beatles or Rolling Stones in 1977," and subgenres like punk, funk, disco, new wave, reggae, and eve ... More >>
Had Me a Real Good Time - Faces: Before, During & After By Andy Neill 456 pp., $29.95, Omnibus Press A band that was actually more popular in the U.S. than their English homeland -- based on their incendiary live shows if not album sales -- Faces (or, to most, The Faces) are far more than just "Rod ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseDef Leppard, Heart Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 23, 2011 Like so many of their 80s hard rock brethren, Def Leppard has always straddled the line between serious musical territory and the self-parody that threatens all bands associated with that era. On one ... More >>
Since there's been so much talk about Kings of Leon after Caleb Followill's abrupt "heat-induced" exit last Friday in Dallas, Tuesday afternoon Rocks Off's in-house brain trust emailed back and forth about the possible long-term effects of last weekend's events on the band. Mark C. AustinKings of L ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerBilly Idol House of Blues August 25, 2010 See a slideshow of snarls and sweat from last night's show. Hot in the city. Tonight. Billy Idol, that ever-grinning Dorian Gray of rock and roll, didn't really need to yell "Sweat! Sweat! Sweat!" during "Dancing With Myself" ... More >>
Just in case you're one of the very few people who hasn't yet been seized by government shock troops and forced to marry someone of the same sex, a California Supreme Court judge ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional Wednesday. This would be the proposition which officially defines marriage as ... More >>
Today's London Express trumpets the news that Rolling Stones perpetual bad boy Keith Richards will join erstwhile fellow Stone Ron Wood and the rest of the Rod Stewart-less Faces for the band's reunion performance at the Vintage at Goodwood Festival in West Sussex, England, August 13. The ... More >>
The new British Invasion collection are the latest DVDs from Reelin' in the Years, featuring long-lost performances with bandmember interviews. Wisely eschewing the over-anthologized bigger-named performers, this initial series offers individual releases on The Small Faces, Herman's Hermits ... More >>
But hey, that's not stopping Noise.
Yesterday marked a tremendous day for rappers and thrashers across the world: Metallica and Run-DMC were announced as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's newest inductees, along with Jeff Beck, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Bobby Womack, two members of Elvis Presley's backing band ... More >>
Fans of the rooster haircut and pub rock, rejoice! London’s The Mirror is reporting this afternoon that the surviving Faces are gearing up for rehearsals next week with a reunion tour to follow in the summer. All original living members are said to be involved, including keyboardist Ian McClagan ... More >>
Ian McLagan & the Bump Band perform Saturday, October 28, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main. Call 713-529-9899 for more info.
McCartney doesn't pretend to be anything but a sap. And Jagger still acts like he's God's gift to sexdom.
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Reliving the seamy underbelly of the 1970s with the young Richmond Sluts
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Though Alejandro Escovedo has kicked the booze, he still churns out symphonic hardcore