Classic Rock

Content related to the classic rock artists and the classic rock time period.

Rock and Roll Feature: Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill­

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Mourning the Passing of Gary Moore

Another sad piece of news from the music world this month: the passing from a heart attack of guitarist Gary Moore at the age of 58.

The Wall Comes to Life in Roger Waters' 30th Anniversary Show

Saying that I'm a fan of Pink Floyd and of The Wall doesn't see to really cover exactly how I feel about their work and this particular album. To this day I remember the first time I really listened to it in it's entirety and the mixture of awe, identification and absolute confusion I felt afterward.

Rock and Roll Feature: The Who, Art Rock, Lifehouse and Who's Next

This is the thirty-third in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Rock and Roll Feature: 30 Years of London Calling and the Clash

This is the thirty-second in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Mark Knopfler: Master of Touch, Tone, Timbre and Texture

When it comes to my influences in my own music and guitar playing, I've got far more than one might expect. Sure I have my core favorite guitarists/musicians to whom I look to the majority of my inspiration, but the number who have inspired me numbers in the hundreds I'm sure, and includes saxophonists, violinists, and even a bagpipe player (no joke). I feel like if there's a great musician out there who's doing something innovative, powerful and emotional... then there's probably something I can appreciate and learn from to enhance my own music.

Rock and Roll Feature: A Tribute to Sky Saxon through the Music of the Seeds

This is the twenty-ninth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Exploring Wolfgang's Vault and the Live Concert Vault

Music can be a difficult addiction based on the "intensity." I might be able to effectively fund my album habit... CDs are relatively cheap... but collecting everything by a band can get pricey (and don't even get me started on collective musical instruments and recording gear). Live bootlegs, out of print rarities and other items can tap a collectors resources rather quickly. And then if you want to really become a collector, you move into music memorabilia, which can really get out of hand if you're talking about some of the biggest names in rock and roll history.

Mahavishnu Orchestra Live in the '70s

I think it'd be a stretch to say that Jazz is one of the more mainstream genres of music these days... and if that's the case, then lets not even talk about fusion or some of the more experimental jazz varieties. That's really a shame though, because experimental jazz is where music is evolving faster than anywhere else. There are some absolutely amazing artists out there doing things that musically would have been unheard of even a few years ago, while the mainstream stagnates.

Still Grateful to See the Dead Jamming Live: A Concert Review

As someone who didn't grow up during the 1960s, being enamored with the music of that era has always left me feeling a little detached. Most of my favorite bands/artists stopped touring years before I was even born and in many cases their albums proceeded me by as many as 20 years! That may not have tempered my love of those bands any, but it has left me a little unsatisfied in terms of attending concerts.

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