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Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Ed King Dies at 68

We are very sad to report that original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, the only original member who did not grow up in Jacksonville Florida but was a Southern Californian they met when he was in the Strawberry Alarm Clock, died at his home…

In the Studio 8-22-88: Deep Purple- Machine Head

The absolute essence of timeless rock music is contained in the music of Deep Purple's Machine Head . We already knew it then thirty years ago when we asked Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to share their recollections of making "Smoke on the Water",…

Hard+Heavy Box 10th Anniversary- Deep Purple, Whitesnake, KISS, Bad Company, Heart, Judas Priest, Boston

When entities outside of the rock world try to define it, I usually hold my breath and cover my eyes, but in 2008 the folks at Time- Life   did a pretty impressive job collecting hard rock genre-defining classics from Deep Purple, Whitesnake,…
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Bon Jovi- New Jersey 30th Anniversary- Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

In September 1988 it took a musical effort the size of New Jersey   to successfully follow up the phenomenon of Bon Jovi's spectacular Slippery When Wet   two years earlier, and the Garden State greats were more than up to the challenge, conjuring…

Billy Joel- Captain Jack- Long Island 7-81

People that have not been in Billy Joel's corner since the days of The Hassles and Cold Spring Harbor  and Piano Man,  the latter released forty-five years ago this Autumn, truly cannot appreciate the depth of affection millions feel for this…

Aretha Franklin: a Fond Memoir

The tributes and testaments started even before official word was issued that Aretha Franklin had passed away. Knowing that I have interviewed so many of the greatest musicians of the last half century, more than one news outlet  contacted…

In the Studio#8 8-15-88: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- Damn the Torpedoes

Thirty years ago this week for In the Studio  episode #8 focusing on the soap opera behind Damn the Torpedoes , the breakthrough third album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers,  the Gainseville Gator revealed the personal battles he and…

Billy Joel- Billy the Kid- UConn 12-76

There are moments in time when a photographer's lens or a tape recorder's microphones capture that magical moment just before history is made, and that's what we have here: Billy Joel and his live band, even then aces all, poised on the launching…

Al Stewart- Time Passages 40th Anniversary

Following the international hit "Year of the Cat" in 1976 with “Time Passages” and “Song on the Radio” two years later, Al Stewart became an unlikely mainstream hitmaker...

In the Studio 8-8-88: Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon

A Pink Floyd interview has always been one of the most difficult "gets" in the music journalism business, but at the time thirty years ago when In the Studio launched in Summer 1988 amidst public sniping between former member Roger Waters and…