"Thoughts" is a book collection of poems, essays, and pictures written by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, lead singer of TLC. She is known for her smoky and sultry yet unadulterated vocal stylings on all of the group's legendary albums. Actually, one of TLC's biggest hit songs was written by T-Boz and first appeared as a poem in "Thoughts" called "UnPretty". It was written about the unfair standards and pressure placed upon people to look a certain way, to adhere only to a certain standard of beauty. The song was well received.
Remember Pat Boone and those white buckskin shoes? The good old days of early rock and roll. Back then the giants of the pop music world were Elvis, Pat Boone, and Ricky Nelson. But if my recollection still is sound it was Elvis who captivated audiences with his unique style when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. I remember my parents so aghast that anyone could appear on national television and perform the way Elvis Presley did. My father was a concert violinist back in the roaring '20's. I guess my whole family when I was growing up was very musically inclined. But it was my parents who couldn't quite fathom the notion that rock and roll was actually a new kind of music much like rap and hip hop has become today.
Remember that great soul hit “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” done right by both Marvin Gay and Gladys Night? Well, that is how throughout the history of rock music, but particularly from the time that albums became the norm, the news of new albums started to roll out and tickle the imagination of the fans and the general public. Usually, this was done to create a buzz and benefit the musicians, with singles and musical snippets coming to the surface to even further strengthen the interest. Sometimes, though, the artists tried to keep everything in secret, not sure themselves what they are going to do with the music they made, but the news got out anyway.
My show review of Save Ferris would not be complete without sharing how it all began…
One of the best introductions to Sixties Garage Rock n Roll is ‘The Nuggets, Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968’ compilation. The memory of first laying eyes on this comp still saturates my mind with mist, as if walking once again through the epic and overwhelming jungle of Los Angeles Tower Records.
I am a child of the Golden Age of Hip Hop, which most would argue is the late 80s and early 90s. Many believe this time represents the golden age due to the evolution of lyrical content and delivery. Additionally, the musical styles and the artists that used them became more diverse. Another significant factor was the upgraded use of sampling. My favorite production team during this time was The Bomb Squad comprised of Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, Chuck D. and Eric Sadler. This team powered the sound of Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and many others. They were one of the first to utilize multiple samples in a song. This is the period that I fell in love with Hip Hop.
The Flamin Groovies released their third album, Teenage Head, back in 1971 to much critical praise. However, because the group was known only tentatively in the Midwest and San Fransisco (where they originated about 1968), the record won little popularity and no airplay.
Carlos Santana, known for combining rock and Latin American music, hasn't shied away from playing music, selling out concert halls and true to form, seldom misses an opportunity from discussing controversial topics. During an interview with Viva back in April of 1974, he discussed religion and spiritually with his quintessential candidness.
When attempting any serious evaluation of David Bowie's work, it's best to concentrate solely on the success or failure of his music, and not permit his formidable media persona to become involved in the scope of analysis. It's pretty obvious to anyone who followed his career that he most likely regarded his musical and cinematic undertakings as merely means to a much larger creative and evolutionary end.
For the long-time record collector and the novice alike, one of the most important decisions is buying a record player. From adjustability to size to weight to sound and compatibility with modern technology, there are many factors to consider when looking for the best record player. One thing to note is that many manufacturer specs aren't always accurate, so taking a look at some reviews is always a good idea, especially concerning speed accuracy. With that in mind, here are our well-tested recommendations for the best record players for record collectors.
The Rolling Stones will always be viewed as one of the original founders of the rock and roll sound. They forged the sound of rock on the streets of London and have been at the top of the rock world or near it for a couple of generations now. Their strong point has always been concerts.