My friend Bruno Blum, who has a very good French Reggae album out now as well as a new bio of Lou Reed, took us to see Minelle sing the old style French folk songs at the ancient Le Vieux Belleville restaurant. It is said that Edith Piaf herself as well as Maurice Chevalier and many other greats of French music history have performed here. It’s still a small, hard to find place in the hills overlooking Paris, with great… read more →
We went to see Howard Marks, the famous pot dealer give a talk in London at the Ocean Rooms. He takes a firm stand for the legalization of all recreational drugs, and he’s very funny and persuasive. One point he made as he took a drink of wine, was that Jesus’ first miracle was to turn water into wine, which Howard said was a very good way to win friends. Then he pointed out that Jesus said at the Last… read more →
Joey Ramone passed away this afternoon at 2.40pm, in a hospital in New York City where he was being treated for cancer. Joey’s loving family was by his bedside. In this moment of pain and sorrow, let’s find comfort in the words of the King of Punk himself: “Life’s a gas, Life’s a gas, Life’s a gas, a gas, Oh Yeah! Life’s a gas, Life’s a gas, Life’s a gas, a gas, Oh Yeah! So Don’t be sad ’cause I’ll… read more →
The Holy Modal Rounders played at the Tonic club on Norfolk street in New York, continuing their new reunion. They are one of my all time favorite groups. I first saw them play at the Gaslight club on Bleeker Street in 1964. They are a real inspiration for a great many people, singing lively songs like, “Euphoria”, and “Boobs-a-lot”, about Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. They blended Folk music with raunchy rock, and later expanded into the Fugs. They… read more →
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year were performers; Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Ritchie Valens; side-men James Burton and Johnnie Johnson; and Chris Blackwell. The evening was very interesting with people such as Keith Richards, Moby and the group ‘N Sync making the presentations and joining in the after dinner Jam Session.
Keith Richards made a surprise guest appearance at a benefit gig for the Rainforest Alliance in New York on March 6, playing a brief three-song set with Dr. John on piano. The Rolling Stones guitarist performed blues classic ‘Key To The Highway’, his solo song ‘Running Too Deep’ and Stones track ‘Happy’, with harmonica played by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He then returned for an encore which also featured Jackson Browne, Southside Johnny and Keb Mo’ performing Chuck Berry classics.… read more →
Elvis Costello and Blondie vocalist Debbie Harry featured in ‘Fire At Keaton’s Bar And Grill’, an experimental jazz event at the London Royal Festival Hall. The event formed part of the London Jazz Festival and took place on November 14, 2000. It is a concert story which tells the tale of a typical bar in which Harry is the bartender and Costello is the storyteller.