Old Pics and Stories
We know you’ve got those old pictures with your long hair. Maybe even some bell bottom pants. And every musician has stories. Share yours with us.
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It was 1964 and I was a freshman in high school. The Beatles had just exploded on the scene with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The two main fan bases in the U.S. were Beatles fans and Dave Clark Five fans. I had to be different. I liked the Stones because I liked the Chuck Berry tune (“Come On”) they did on an EP before “Satisfaction” changed the world in ‘65.
The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar. A major turning point came when she was selected from over one hundred guitarists to play in Michael Jackson’s band, which toured the world for one and a half years playing for over four and a half million people.
Check out this music video of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” by ZK (Paul Zollo and Barry Keenan). Paul is a singer/songwriter, Editor for American Songwriter, and the author of many music books, including “Conversations with Tom Petty.” Barry is a well-known musician and songwriter and leader of the band Invisible Poet Kings.
My career has been as a novelist and screenwriter. But when I came to LA decades ago, I really wanted to be a rock and roll star. Who didn’t? Since then I’ve always tried to blend my music and writing when I can. My first attempt was when I submitted a screenplay with a custom made leather cover. The cover included a pouch on the front big enough to hold a cassette tape that included songs I’d written for the screenplay.
My studio looked like a music equipment junkyard: Guitars, amps, microphones, gig bag, studio equipment, and LOTS of cords and power strips. When I’m in my studio I want to be as productive and creative as possible, In order to do that, I felt I needed to make changes. The coolest and most effective solution was to put up a Guitar Wall.
When I was about 20 years old, I had just come off a run of playing every week at my own coffee house (The Morning Glory in Toledo, Ohio). It was fantastic. Everything a young, long-haired songwriter would want: playing only originals, instant feedback on what songs worked and why…and an endless supply of similar-aged hippie girls who, well, loved long-haired singer/songwriters.
An Interview with Audiologist, Dr. Julie Glick
By Diana Lucarino-Diekmann
Whether you’re a musician or just someone who loves listening to music, custom-fitted musicians earplugs can help you prevent hearing loss while preserving the quality of your listening experience.
(NOTE: This blog is not about how to “technically” finish your song in terms of mixing and mastering. However, my favorite site for mixing and mastering is Graham Cochrane's Recording Revolution. There you'll find a LOT of GREAT information, much of which is actually...
I looked at the name on my concert ticket: Paul McCartney. I sat and waited, along with 42,000 other people in Vancouver’s B.C. Stadium, for McCartney to take the stage. I was part of a group of 17 and we had talked about our expectations and the songs we wanted to...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (OGSR – Los Angeles, CA, March 20, 2019) Former lead guitarist for the defunct Punkin’ Donuts, Slugger O’Bryan, is in New York City promoting his new album, “Can’t Recognize Myself in a Mirror.”Slug—as he is known now—is perhaps best...
Old Pics and Stories
- Send us your “Before and After” pics. When you had long hair and paisley was cool…for the first time.
- Every musician has stories to tell. (Don’t forget to change the names to protect the innocent.)
- Old band photos? Getting wild with groupies? Drinking with the Roadies?
- Send us proof that you knew how to rock and that you’re still rockin’ after all these years.
- All photos must me submitted digitally, along with a “Model Release Form.”
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