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Interview: Jimmy Wallace on the Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Over at the PJ Lifestyle blog, I have an interview with Jimmy Wallace, the creator and prime mover behind the annual Dallas International Guitar Show, now almost 40 years old, which starts tomorrow and through Sunday at Dallas’s Fair Park. If you’re at the show tomorrow and see me, stop by and say hi.

Two Time-Warners In One!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Chris Cuomo to Pam Geller: We don’t show Mohammed cartoons for the same reason we don’t use the N-word,” as Allahpundit writes at Hot Air on perhaps the ultimate example of a Democrat with a byline employed CNN, a division of Time-Warner-HBO: Via the Blaze, the key bit starts at 3:50. This is transparently false, […]

Punk Meets the Godfather

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

The Hollywood Reporter has a fun look back at the “Starship,” a Boeing 707 that was converted into the rock superstar transport of the 1970s. Led Zeppelin originally chartered the plane to allow the band to stay in one hotel while touring various American regions, and as a potent PR tool when journalists were brought […]

Tough Week for Rolling Stone

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Jann Wenner started off the week by getting hit with a $7.5 million lawsuit for publishing a bunch of lies about a gang-rape that never happened,” Jim Treacher writes at the Daily Caller. “Now he’s ending it with the news that his boyfriend Jahar has been sentenced to death.” Treacher offers a “A Long-Distance Dedication” […]

R.I.P., B.B. King, 89

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“The thrill is gone: Blues legend B.B. King dead at 89,” Fox News sadly reports: B.B. King, the legendary blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist, died Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney said. King was 89 years old. Attorney Brent Bryson told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. local […]

All ‘Progressive’ Roads Lead To Racism

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Spot on observation by the only man who is legally licensed to carry the selfie-stick, Pat Condell, master of the one-man video monologue: If you aspire to be politically “progressive”, but often find yourself feeling intolerably tolerant or unreasonably reasonable, let me help you out with some basic tips. The number one rule, and the […]

The Final Cut

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters slams ‘rogues and thieves’ who run free streaming sites and steal from musicians,” the London Daily Mail reports: Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has slammed the ‘rogues and thieves’ who run free streaming sites, saying they make it impossible for young musicians to earn a living. The songwriter and guitarist said […]

B.B. King in Home Hospice Care

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

There was some confusion yesterday when singer Ben E. King of “Stand By Me” fame died that it was actually legendary bluesman B.B. King. Today, we learn that while B.B. is still alive age 89, he’s not well. “King remains in hospice care Saturday at his home in Las Vegas,” USA Today reports: King’s longtime […]

Lambert and Stamp: The Men Who Made The Who

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In 1979, The Who, at the peak of their career, released the documentary summing up the band’s first 15 years, The Kids Are Alright. As veteran rock critic Dave Marsh wrote in his 1983 biography of the group, Before I Get Old, published to coincide with the band’s “first” farewell tour that year: Kids is […]

John Lennon’s First Wife Cynthia Lennon Dead at 75

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

RIP; getting caught up in the swirl of Beatlemania and being married to an admittedly-abusive husband led to a difficult life for the original Mrs. Lennon: Cynthia Lennon, then Cynthia Powell, met John Lennon in the early ’60s in college. In 1962, the two married when she became pregnant with Julian Lennon. They eventually divorced […]

Eric Clapton Turns 70

Monday, March 30th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Monster guitarist; at times problematic life driven by a few monstrous demons. Given his transformation from blues guitarist to pop and country-twinged singer by the mid-1970s, it may be difficult for younger readers to fathom how influential a guitar player he was at the start of his career, when a then-unknown New York-based musician named […]

Keating Five, Eagles Zero

Monday, March 30th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Over the weekend late at night, I watched the 27-hour long History of the Eagles documentary on Netflix. (I may be exaggerating the length slightly. But not by much.) I never followed the band in the ‘70s, because at the time, my motto when it came to rock was that if it’s not British, it’s […]

The Two Minutes Hate at Lincoln Center

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Thursday night, “the New York Philharmonic premiered a work by John Adams. Adams is probably the most famous and important composer in the world (classical composer). His new work is Scheherazade.2, a ‘dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra,’” Jay Nordlinger, who attended the performance writes at the Corner. But first, Adams took time out to […]

I Know, It’s Only Nine to Five, But I Like It

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Companies want “rockstar” employees, as rockstars are known for punctuality, even-tempers, and a desire to work in a corporate environment. — Mark Leggett (@markleggett) March 7, 2015 On the flip-side, listening to classic rock on FM can be a riot in the Bay Area, if only for the commercials. It’s always fun to hear a […]

‘There’s All Kinds of People for Whom the Evil of ISIS is its Principle Selling Point’

Friday, February 27th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Mark Steyn, during his interview with Hugh Hewitt yesterday, explores how ISIS’ snuff films attract disaffected westerners: HH: This is so horrific, I don’t know even how to approach it. The Islamic state has kidnapped as many as 350 Assyrian Christians – women, children, and they’ve taken them away in the night. Meanwhile, we’re learning […]

Terminal Frost, or The Delicate Sound of Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Alan Parsons Rejects Roger Waters’ Anti-Israel Riff,” Paul Miller writes at Big Hollywood: Lana Melman, Director of the Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), arranged an exclusive interview with Parsons and his band’s Israeli bassist, Guy Erez. The conversation, right before their Tel-Aviv performance, challenged Waters’ motives and took the BDS movement to task for “censorship.” […]

‘Rap Music has Done More Damage to Minorities than Racism’ Says…Geraldo Rivera?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Alternative headline: Fox News’ selfie-obsessed crazy leftwing uncle in the attic actually says something true: “Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years,” [Rivera tells the Huffington Post]: When you find a youngster — a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from […]

How Does It Feel?

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

After discovering a cache of heretofore long-thought lost Bob Dylan acetate recordings from the dawn of his recording career, Jeff Gold of a Website called Record Mecca discovers Michael Crichton’s “Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect” for himself. Gold writes: I assumed this would be a big story in the Dylan collecting community, but was astounded at the […]

Edgar Froese, Founder of Synth-Rock Pioneers Tangerine Dream Dead at Age 70

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Founder of German electronic pop group Tangerine Dream which provided soundtracks for Hollywood films and Grand Theft Auto computer games dies aged 70,” the London Daily Mail reports: Edgar Froese, who founded the pioneering German electronic rock group Tangerine Dream in 1967, has died at 70. The band said Froese died unexpectedly from the effects […]

Shark Jumped

Friday, January 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Behold the international healing power of bad ’70s folk music. “Kerry Brings James Taylor to Serenade French With ‘You’ve Got a Friend,’” the Weekly Standard’s Michael Warren reports. No, I’m not kidding: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Paris Friday in what was billed as a show of solidarity with the French people after […]