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The Mysterious Death of Jim Morrison

The Mysterious Death of Jim Morrison

| July 8, 2015 | 65 Comments

Paris. July 2, 1971, early evening. Jim Morrison and his girlfriend Pamela Courson went to the cinema to see Pursued, a western starring Robert Mitchum. At another theater, Jim Morrison sat alone, watching a documentary called Death Valley. Across town, at the Rock ’n’ Roll Circus nightclub, Jim Morrison scored some heroin and OD’d in […]

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Remembering J.J. Cale

Remembering J.J. Cale

| July 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

“People say each of my albums sounds just like the previous one,” says J.J. Cale. “I’ve tried to change, but whenever I finish something, it just sounds like me.” Lots of fans—including Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Neil Young—are happy that’s the case. Beginning with such songs as “After Midnight,” “Cocaine” and “Call Me the […]

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Happy Birthday, Gordon Lightfoot

Happy Birthday, Gordon Lightfoot

| November 17, 2012 | 9 Comments

Gordon Lightfoot turns 74 on November 17th of this year, but to those of us who came of age during the folk revival of the early ‘60s and the singer/songwriter boom of the mid ‘70s, the man is already immortal. “Early Morning Rain,” “For Loving Me,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “The Wreck […]

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Just Rattle Your Jewelry, Queen Mum

Just Rattle Your Jewelry, Queen Mum

| November 4, 2011 | 2 Comments

On November 4, 1963 the Beatles performed at the Royal Variety Performance in London attended by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. And the Fab Four’s arrival drew more attention than the arrival of the Royal Family. The Beatles, who were seventh on the bill of 19 acts, wowed the upscale crowd with […]

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Todd Rundgren: With A Twist

Todd Rundgren: With A Twist

| December 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

An unheralded and rare gem, this 1997 release by Todd Rundgren is one of my all-time favorites. “With A Twist” serves up some of his classic songs with bossa nova styling, and is nothing short of addictive. Enjoy!

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On This Harvest Moon

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

This year’s Harvest Moon was a special occasion that happened only six hours after the autumnal equinox. So Neil Young is the perfect person to wecome us into fall.

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Fett’s Video Interview with Lydia

Fett’s Video Interview with Lydia

| September 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

Fett, who is a producer and was the Tech Editor at the Performing Songwriter magazine for many years, took a few minutes to sit down and talk with Lydia about the past year and plans for the future. The conversation is divided into five short videos that cover what has been going on since the magazine folded, the writing of “Letters From Lydia,” Performing Songwriter’s new life, the launch of Be Heard Music Media, and the importance of songwriters in our lives.

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In Tribute to Kenny Edwards

In Tribute to Kenny Edwards

| September 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

On August 18th the music community lost one of its dearest friends when Kenny Edwards left this earth way too soon. For those who didn’t know him, he was a founding member of the Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt and Bobby Kimmel, a musical legend in the folk-rock movement of the late-’60s and early-‘70s, and an incredibly talented musician, producer, and songwriter. And for those who did know him, well, it’s kind of hard to find the words.

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Rick Nielsen

Rick Nielsen

| September 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Cheap Trick’s guitarist and songwriter discusses the band’s continuing appeal, his enormous guitar collection and why he never throws an idea away. (From July/Aug 2006, Issue 95) Hi-Res PDF Price: $1.00  

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Linda Perry

Linda Perry

| July 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

With clients like Pink, Christina Aguilera, Courtney Love and Cheap Trick—as well as her own record label, home to the James Blunt debut which sold over 12 million copies—this multiplatinum producer, songwriter and former 4 Non Blondes member talks about the beauty found in imperfection and the importance of taking risks. (From Jan/Feb 2007, Issue […]

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