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    NAD - Fender Twin Reverb Tone Master

    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...
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    NGD---2018 ES-335 Blue Burst

    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...
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    Roger Angell, RIP

    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 RIP.
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    Incoming NGD---2000 Gibson ES-335 Limited Edition with a twist . . .

    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 . . .
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    Sandy Nelson, RIP

    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...
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    Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), RIP

    Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker dead at 76 They were so much more than just "A Whiter Shade of Pale," too . . . RIP Mr. Brooker.
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    Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly drummer), RIP

    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 . . . RIP Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy Dead at 79
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    The Village Vanguard will re-open

    Village Vanguard to Re-Open September 14 A lot of great music was played there over the decades . . .
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    I'm not leaving this forum

    Well, somebody had to do it . . . :p
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    Roger Hawkins, RIP

    Roger Hawkins, Muscle Shoals Drummer on Aretha Franklin Classics, Dead at 75 The second-best soul drummer of them all, behind Al Jackson, Jr. . . . RIP, Swamper . . .
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    U2---Live at Red Rocks 1983: Remastered video, audio

    . .. but listen and watch while you can, rumour has it that it'll be available only for 48 hours . . .
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    Hail, fountain pens!

    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...
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    Mary Wilson, RIP

    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.
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    Hilton Valentine, RIP (Original guitarist for the Animals)

    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.
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    Tim Bogert, RIP

    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...
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    Lou Pallo, RIP

    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...
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    Jimmy Cobb, RIP

    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...
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    Phil May (The Pretty Things), RIP

    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...
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    Millie Small, RIP: First international ska hit in '64

    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...

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