Monthly Archives: January 2015

ACETATES TO BASEMENT TAPES

Bob Dylan is everywhere and you’ve gotta love it. In a few months Robert Zimmerman will be turning 74, yet there’s no slowing him down. In fact, Bob Dylan is a bit of a cottage industry. A year ago for the Super Bowl, Dylan blew minds with a Dodge TV ad that he wrote the copy for and starred in. A salute to American know-how from Bob. And just maybe, one of the most famous electric guitars of all time was auctioned off for close to a million bucks. It was Bob’s Fender Stratocaster from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival the weekend he played “electric”.

dylanguitarWith the release of Dylan’s most famous bootleg, the Basement Tapes from back in the 70s, there’s now more than enough material to keep one busy (a box set with 6 CDs / 138 tracks). And how about the discovery of the Dylan acetates a few months ago? Those are the pristine album pressings (vinyl on metal) given to the record company and the artist when the albums are ready to be officially pressed. The ultimate audio reference. Well, someone discovered two boxes full of forty year old Dylan audio souvenirs hidden in a closet in NYC.

bobacetateThen there’s the revelation of Mr. D. being creative and nimble with a blowtorch. He’s been welding together beautiful and interesting iron gates; each one compleletly unique. There’s fine art at his website too; original paintings now available. Not cheap but hey, it’s a for real Dylan painting. And, are you ready for Dylan singing Sinatra?? (coming soon) It’s true, no one speaks to us quite like Bob Dylan.

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THROUGH TERRY O'NEILL'S LENS

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I recently had the great opportunity to shake hands with and take in the amazing work of rock photographer Terry O’Neill. He was in downtown San Francisco at the SF Art Exchange, a superb contemporary gallery that sells some of the finest works by the big photographers of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Terry is British, good with a camera and has always had a knack for working with musicians like David Bowie, Elton John, Jimmy Page and George Harrison. As fate would have it, he was lucky enough to be around when the Beatles and the Stones exploded on the world stage back in late 1963.

Untitled2 While showing me around his incredible work we chatted about snapping the Who, Springsteen, Clapton and the Stones. Terry said to me, knowing that I’ve been a DJ forever, “Well, this must be memory lane for you”, as we stepped back and looked at his iconic shots. Seeing the magnificent print of The Who’s “Who Are You” album portrait and hearing of his need to quickly frame and stage that shot was fascinating.

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By | 2015-01-19T23:42:16+00:00 January 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on THROUGH TERRY O'NEILL'S LENS

THE FRIENDLIER SKIES

We’ve all witnessed this scene before; a crowded flight in the process of boarding and there’s some worried musician dealing with their cello, banjo or guitar in the overhead bin.  As the storage space gets gobbled up then comes the meeting between flight attendants, the ground crew and the player.  Most often the reality is; the musician is going to have to have the baggage guys put that treasure down below.  Well-off musicians have always been able to pay for their favorite ax flying next to them by buying a seat for that priceless Stradivarius cello or Les Paul electric guitar.  But what happens to the regular guy or gal flying with their special instrument?  Until now it’s been a very stressful process for the traveling musician.  (I couldn’t resist including Dave Carroll’s hilarious video) Too be fair, most baggage handlers go out of their way to be gentle with someone’s prize instrument in the hold.  But accidents happen and it can be traumatic for a player to have their “baby” ruined during a flight.  So the agruments continue at the gate and in the cabin over available space.  But now the Transportation Department has issued a very specific new rule that comes to grips with players carrying on-board there instruments.  The T.A. has said that starting in March airlines MUST treat instruments just like any other passenger carry-on bag.  The American Federation of Musicians which spearheaded the new rule says that there are 127,000 working musicians in the U.S. and nearly 6 million music students.  For all of them it’s about time the arbitrary exclusion of violins, saxes and guitars at the gate comes to a end.  B8B8N2 Here’s the link to the NY Times article about the regulations for traveling musicians.

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