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. […]

Chris Blackwell at the New York Public Library

Thankfully, last night’s interview with Chris Blackwell at the main branch of the New York Public Library was not a maudlin tribute to Bob Marley but instead an overview of the great record man’s life in and out of the music business.

Rolling through album covers, song samples, videos and other photographic exhibits, Blackwell was […]

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 […]

No Glee for Music Business in 2010

The biggest news of the year is the cover version, and 2010 found new old ways to pump old songs, and the tv series Glee lead the way with several #1s. For this reason, I’m adding a list of the best themed cover albums as well as a plain best of 2010.

At the end […]

Technical Difficulties

I returned to PBS.org after a while working on my tech issues to find this message

I had paused in the midst of reading Mark Glaser‘s Media Shift blog on PBS.org to deal with some ongoing nightmares which seemed to intensify over the past few days. My every move on the computer was being […]