My amplifying heart has long been with the Twin Reverb. But the weight of the sucker got too much for me a few years ago. It's no fun to carry something that makes you feel as though you're carrying a casket alone---with the corpse inside.
Then I heard about this. Solid state version of the...
I fell so much in love with the natural ES-335 I landed at May's beginning that I went on the prowl for a second one . . . and spotted this guitar with a deal I couldn't refuse unless I wanted psychiatric attention!
(Burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups aboard. Inside the case was a rubber...
He was once called baseball's Homer. Wrong. Homer was ancient Greece's Roger Angell.
The great New Yorker writer (and, as it happens, stepson of literary legend E.B. White) is gone at 101.
Remembering Roger Angell, Hall of Famer
I suppose I should wait until I have it in my hot little hands, but I just made the deal and this guitar is just too handsome for me to wait. (I know how good the 335 sounds, I've tried several out already!) These are seller's photos; I'll be taking a bunch of my own when she arrives . . .
If you're my age, you remember Sandy Nelson being maybe the first rock and roll drummer to find a place for drum solos in instrumental rock and roll hits, starting in 1959. (His obvious inspirations included Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole.) Just prior, he played on the session that produced Phil...
If you're my age, you grew up with "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida." You either taught yourself that guitar riff or tried to play that drum solo while getting yourself started . . .
Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy Dead at 79
I admit it. I'm a fountain/cartridge pen lover. Have been ever since a friend of my parents, who worked in the stationery business, gave me my first Sheaffer fountain pen when I was ten . . .
Today I write with either one of a pair of MontBlanc fountain pens . . .
I figure you could be...
Mary Wilson, co-founder of The Supremes, dies at 76
If this 1965 side is any indication, Motown should have let her sing lead on more of the Supremes' records.
RIP Ms. Wilson. You were one of the greats.
Hilton Valentine, the Animals founding guitarist, dead at 77
Among other things, when most others in the mid-1960s were jangle-chiming their electric 12-string guitars, Hilton Valentine decided to riff one, instead. The result was arguable the Animals' best single . . .
RIP, Geordie lad.
Vanilla Fudge Bassist Tim Bogert Dead at 76
I loved Tim like a brother. He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music, and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together. Perhaps the only good...
Lou Pallo, member of Les Paul Trio and 'man of a million chords,' dies at 86
He never knew it, but Lou Pallo taught me to play "Begin the Beguine" on a guitar---when he rolled out his signature model Gibson Les Paul guitar, he played the number with a drumless trio. I picked a couple of his...
Jimmy Cobb, the Pulse of Kind of Blue, Dies at 91
Magnificent drummer . . . and the final surviving member of both the Kind of Blue Davis group and the Wynton Kelly Trio . . .
With the trio, accompanied by some friendly guy named Wes . . .
With the Davis group . . .
Just the Wynton Kelly...
Phil May, Pretty Things frontman, dies at 75
The original Things (1964-66) made the Rolling Stones sound like wimps . . . (and the original lineup was co-founded by May and ex-Stone Dick Taylor, who'd played bass for the Stones pre-Bill Wyman before switching to guitar when forming the Pretty...
Millie Small: My Boy Lollipop singer dies aged 72
Rumour clarification: Almost to the day she died she insisted the harmonica solo on her biggest hit (it was a cover of an obscure 1956 B-side written by two members of doo-wop legends the Cadillacs) was played by a kid named Rod Stewart. Stewart...