Did the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame get it right? (2017 induction edition)

The inductions for the Class of 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were just announced.  Of the nearly two dozen bands, singers and musicians nominated, six were selected for enshrinement. Personally, I’m still griping about the omission of the Moody Blues, Boston, Styx, Grand Funk Railroad, New Order and the Skatalites.  Not even on…

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” – the violent crime drama

The first 45 record I ever bought with my own money – or at least the first 45 that didn’t have the words “Disney” or “Cricket” on it – was the 45 of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.  I’ve blogged about this before, about how I went to the Blue Note Record Shop in downtown Albany…

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Some post-9/11 memories…

I have two stories to tell.  One of the stories took place on the anniversary of 9/11, one only tangentially involves 9/11.  So bear with me. The first story takes place on September 11, 2004.  It’s the three-year anniversary of that somber date.  At the time, I was freelancing for an antiques and auction publication…

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That’s not the Little River Band that you remember…

On June 17, a band calling themselves the Little River Band will perform a concert at Proctor’s Theater.  This band will perform many of Little River Band’s classic songs and hits. There’s just one little problem. The current lineup taking the stage at Proctors is not the classic lineup from the 1970’s. In fact, there’s…

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Earth Wind and Fire: I’ll Write a Song For You

I originally wrote this article, a profile of the legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire, for Goldmine magazine way back in January 1998.  The article consisted of extensive interviews with Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Verdine White. This article is being reprinted in today’s blog in honor and in memory of the legendary Maurice White,…

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Congratulations to Shane Howard, now a Member of the Order of Australia

I first discovered Shane Howard’s music in 1982 when, as a student at Hamilton College, I worked at the college radio station WHCL.  I received an imported copy of the Australian band Goanna’s Spirit of Place album, and proceeded to play the LP on air as often as I could – including playing the LP’s…

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The Drifters: A Legacy of Harmony

This Chuck Miller article was originally published in Goldmine magazine in 2000. == It’s October 30, 1998, a brisk afternoon along the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducts its first class of trios and quartets and quintets of harmony. Among those who received honors for their golden throats and platinum hits…

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“That’s lower case ‘m’, lower case ‘o’, lower case ‘e’, period.”

The other day, one of my Facebook friends and former editors of the music magazine Goldmine, Wayne Youngblood, went on a screed about the use of two spaces after a period.  He was editing his latest magazine, a stamp collecting guide called Topical Time, and posted this: Time to vent: Typographically speaking, two spaces before the start…

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