In The Studio Archives: Medium Rare

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Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

Pat Benatar- Crimes of Passion 35th Anniversary- Pat, Neil Geraldo

The first time I interviewed Pat Benatar, she was very wary of me and visibly uncomfortable. It didn’t take long to understand why: Rolling Stone’s Encyclopedia of Rock’n’Roll states unequivocally in its opening line, “Pat Benatar was the most successful female rocker of the 1980s.” What should be added is that she was...
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Grand Funk Railroad-Closer to Home 45th Anniversary-Mark Farner

Ironic then that this "underground radio" raw , gritty , electrified three-man army would six years later be labeled a Top 40 singles band , but amidst bad reviews ( which I believe had more to do with the way in which they were managed than anything ) , the irrefutable fact...
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James Gang-Rides Again 45th anniversary- Joe Walsh

It was the reason I hitched a ride with friends in 1971 to some small Central Ohio college to sit in the dirt infield of the indoor track fieldhouse : to see & hear Cleveland/Akron band The James Gang on a low riser stage , the spotlight reflecting blindingly off the guitar of...
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Pete Townshend “Truancy: the Very Best of”- Pete Townshend

The release of Pete Townshend‘s solo album Empty Glass 35 years ago was quite the media event, for a number of reasons. First, his new New York City-based label then was thrilled to get The Who‘s genius songwriter after coveting the iconic group for many years, so much so that they erroneously promoted...
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Gary Wright-The Dream Weaver 40th Anniversary

When it comes to technical innovation in the history of recorded music, certain names top any serious list: Thomas Edison (invented the recorder and phonograph 1878 ); Leo Fender (electric guitar ); Les Paul ( multi-track recording ); Ray Dolby (noise reduction ); Robert Moog (the synthesizer ). But as Beatles producer George...
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David Lee Roth-Best Of

To quote David Lee Roth himself in this lengthy 1991 conversation,”You can’t stand what he says but you LOVE the way he says it!” Gregarious, colorfully verbose, but surprisingly not prolific as a songwriter, Roth cranked out a number of pop-metal ditties after saying “sayonara” to the biggest American hard rock band Van...
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George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers

I have interviewed literally hundreds of the greatest rock musicians , but George Thorogood is the only one who told me that he was planning to be a professional comedian , not a musician . And at the time of this 1978 second release Move It on Over , George actually delayed his...
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Blues Brothers John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd-June 1979

I would wager that imitators of the Blues Brothers, blues harp-blowing Elwood Blues and his singing hand-standing brother Joliet Jake, are second in number only to Elvis impersonators ever since Briefcase Full of Blues topped the US sales chart in 1978, selling over two million copies. And like Presley impersonators, there have been...
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