Remembering Bob Marley with Chris Blackwell

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Bob Marley and others with Chris Blackwell in the late 70s.

Tonight at the New York Public Library‘s main branch, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell is scheduled to speak on the topic of Bob Marley to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of his passing. Blackwell is not a big public speaker, so it […]

RIP Roger Nichols

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I just read on Rosann Cash’s tweet about the death of Roger Nichols, the famous recording engineer and innovator. He was also known for having been in the atomic energy industry before working with music. The production quality he facilitated for Steely Dan especially is so distinctive that the music is often the standard […]

SXSW Warp Up

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The amount of people and shows is too long to list, but the food is much more manageable – about one per day. It was mostly tex mex on the food front, with not many new places except the oldest place in town, the Hoffbrau. I had chicken and salad as often as possible, […]

Ronald Reagan's 100 is also Bob Marley's 66th

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Happy 100th birthday to Ronald Reagan. He was MCA’s greatest client, and any study of the 40th president should include his relationship with Lew Wasserman and Ted Schreiber. They set him up with GE Theater and the SAG presidency, which included violence against other Hollywood Unions unwilling to consolidate under SAG. In those days […]

RIP John Barry

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British composer and guitarist John Barry died yesterday in New York at age 77. He was best known for his title songs and scores for most of the James Bond movies, including the Sean Connery blueprints Goldfinger; From Russia with Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds are Forever.

There has been […]