Many people, including some of my own friends, keep telling me that rock music died in the 1970s and ’80s. That those were the best years of rock after which there’s just mediocre stuff being churned out by sub-standard musicians. Okay, most of those who feel that way are around my age. That is, they were teenagers or in their twenties during what they call the “golden” decades of rock. Read more

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Many blues musicians of the early twentieth century USA battled poverty and extremely hard times through much of their careers. A lucky few lived to savour the sweet taste of success but many died in penury. Read more

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I wonder how many people remember Leon Russell. An American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, Russell with his trademark straight long hair was best known as a session musician, sitting in with the likes of, well, almost every major rock musician of the nineteen-sixties and the seventies on both sides of the pond. Read more

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