Carnival of Rock and Roll - December 2007

Apparently last month carnival was successful in drumming up interest, as this month there was quite a turn out of new people and regulars, all with interesting posts. As I've said before, I'm quite happy with how this carnival has turned out and hope that people enjoy seeing a few of the other great rock and roll bloggers/writers out there as well.

First we have Stephen Bainbridge giving a review of Springsteen playing at the sports arena in LA. Great to hear that some other people enjoyed this tour as well ( I saw them in Chicago and thought they were great too). Check it out: Springsteen at the Sports Arena

Musicisart submitted a piece on the Rocky Horror Picture Show... an infamous bit of popular culture even if you're not one of the hardcore fans with some killer music: Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Jason Parker from ATOMIC Guitarist takes a look at 5 of the more unknown, influential guitarists out there. Great post to check out with videos of each so you can get a grasp of their technique beyond just words: 5 Most Influential Rock Guitarists (You May Not Know)

Ian EBH from Going Through the Motions takes a look at the new lp from The Peacocks, a band who's been floating around my radar as well for a little while, in: The Peacocks-Touch and Go LP

Jeremy Neal of Thoughts on Quotes uses a Bob Dylan quote as a starting point to raise some deep philosophical questions in: Go With the Flow

Jeremy also takes a look at a quote from the King himself in this post: Elvis says, "Be Yourself, Uh, huh".

Blue Skelton takes a look at a pop star contest with a bit of humor and social comment here: So You Want to be a Pop Star Contest

Blue Skelton also takes a look at the upcoming movie about the band t.A.T.u. I can't actually say I was a fan of the band (actually I don't think I ever really listened to them much at all), but still worth checking out: Finding t.A.T.u Movie.

Marilyn Terrell submitted a look at a sad event... the closing of the Elvis Is Alive museum. Check out that post here: Does This Mean Elvis is Really Dead?

LA from Junk takes a look at the front man of Tool and A Perfect Circle (and a few other projects as well I believe), Maynard James Keenan, and includes a great in depth interview where he discusses a bit about politics, society etc, in his usual, intelligent MJK manner: Junk: October 2007

A carnival regular, Sheena Metal, passed along her latest articles. Her stuff is always a good read for anyone interested in being in a band or working in the music industry and this one is no exception: Fan Etiquette - Are The People Who Love Your Music Ruining Your Band's Reputation?

band_ad_review submitted a very short post, about a amusing typo in an musician's ad. The post itself is pretty short, but I thought I'd still include it because the site is pretty interesting (and pretty amusing) and might help a few people who are looking for bands to join, writing a successful ad: Guitarist Looking for Blues Ban

Lovelyn of Stop and Hear the Music takes a look at Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" (incredible song), with a video and a bit of personal history here: Jimi Hendrix "Angel".

Sentric ofSentric Music's Weekly Blog takes a look at NME.com, ideas about jaded media outliets as well as some of the fallout from particular political comments made by bands. Really raises some interesting questions and is worth checking out: A Rush and a Push and The Land Is Ours

Jeremy Hobbs of Jeremy's Consumer Corner takes a look at the latest from Kid Rock, an album that is actually supposed to be quite good, and a lot more rock (read that as good or bad or just different depending on your viewpoint) from what I've read from other sources as well: Kid Rock - Rock N Roll Jesus.

And last but not least, Ari Koinuma from Aries9 Official Blog gives us an interesting insight into the mind of a guitarist/musician as well as various influences and how music can progress, specifically for Aries9, a Japanese, modern rock act. Might check out the band's music as well while you're reading about it here: About a song: Diamond Sleeps Tonight (2)

Great bunch of posts this month, and nearly everyone made it in, which is nice to see as well as I like to see lots of people writing on these kinds of topics.

Keep up the good work everyone.

If you submitted your work to the carnival, but it wasn't chosen, don't fret. There aren't a lot of standards to be included except to be about music in some way, but I don't publish blatant advertisements, personal attacks on artists, celebrity gossip, things off topic or things I can't read easily (sorry, English only). Also, I'd appreciate if you only submit some of your best works, not short, few word posts and try to keep multiple submissions within reason, meaning you can send two or three articles at most, but not like six... if you Spam the carnival with entries or with articles off topic you won't be included.

I still appreciate your contribution even if I didn't choose to include it (I still read them all) and hope you won't hesitate to submit new work to next month's carnival.

The next carnival will run on January1st 2008... the first rock carnival of the new year. More information, the carnival archives and a link to the submission form can be found here: http://www.soulofrocknroll.com/?page_id=41

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