Down and out with the Beatles in Liverpool

Who was the “Fifth Beatle” — George Martin? Billy Preston? Neil Aspinall? I would posit, a little poetically, that the Fifth Beatle is Liverpool herself. As Mecca is for Muslims, so is Liverpool an obligatory pilgrimage for discerning music fans.

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Artimus Pyle’s Lynyrd Skynyrd Memoir

AUGUST 2021 – Because of a cease and desist letter sent by a lawyer for the Skynyrd organization*, this book is unlikely to be published. While we are confident the legal hurdles can be overcome, the legal bills would render it a Pyrrhic victory.

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Ahmet vs. Dweezil Zappa


It’s sad to see the two sons of Frank Zappa engaging in a bitter public battle over money and birthright. The New York Times detailed the feud in April, sparking an open letter from Ahmet to his older brother, and an angry response [both links fixed; the brothers deleted their posts] from Dweezil.

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David Bowie: The Brixton Years


David Bowie Brixton

David Bowie fell to Earth 69 years ago today, January 8, in this home at 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton. He lived here until he was about six, often dreaming of an exotic life filled with laughing gnomes, tin machines, and a beautiful Somali wife.

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Eddie Cochran’s last ride


A little over a year after “the day the music died”—when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash—Eddie Cochran met a similarly violent fate on April 17, 1960, dealing another critical blow to the fledgling rock ‘n’ roll genre.

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