Memories of Live Aid

Live Aid was held on July 13, 1985

Today is the anniversary of Live Aid, the historic benefit concert for African famine relief that occurred in London and Philadelphia in 1985. I watched the whole thing, calling in sick to my job doing flower deliveries. The event was carried on broadcast television in addition […]

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan

This great video for the outtake “Series of Dreams,” featured on the Bootleg Series Vol 1-3, includes a great montage of images from the life of Bob Dylan. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, I am pleased to share this tribute, and even more so, to have enjoyed his music for my entire life. […]

Portishead Promotes New Album, with Caveats

Portishead: Adrian Utley, Beth Gibbons and Geoff Barrow

Not coincidentally, Portishead recently sent a message to fans about their new recordings. In announcing their album, leader Geoff Barrow has told NME what not to expect from the band, and most of it aligns with the strict control over their image and music that has […]

Daniel Lanois' Fascinating "Soul Mining"

Lanois' first solo album, 1989's Acadie (Opal/WB)

As a longtime fan of Daniel Lanois, the now-legendary producer and guitarist, I am pleased to recommend his recent autobiography Soul Mining: A Musical Life. The book is so detailed and revealing of how he helped create some of the best music of our generation, it should […]

Elvis Costello Live at Hollywood High Out Today

Elvis Costello is emptying his vault!

By 1979, Elvis Costello and the Attractions had successfully penetrated the US rock audience, having scored several radio hits and shocking the rock audience watching Saturday Night Live by switching songs in mid-performance. Of all the British punk/new wave artists that debuted in the late 70s, Elvis Costello […]