Jerry Garcia’s Wolf – @gratefuldead

The BBC reports that Wolf, one of Garcia’s distinctive custom-built guitars is coming up for auction

Inside the song – @Fender

Sultans of Swing, Smoke on the Water, With or Without You? All recorded with Fender Strats. I’ve just discovered this seemingly ad hoc series on the Fender.com site: Inside the Song. Each post looks inside an iconic song recorded with a Fender guitar, with interviews, performances and recordings. Ones I’ve enjoyed so far: Sultans of Swing […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: Searching for a Heart

“They say love conquers all You can’t start it like a car You can’t stop it with a gun.” Searching for a Heart (Zevon), Warren Zevon What a great line. Everyone, since the Roman poet Virgil, knows that love conquers all, but no-one explains why … until Zevon states the obvious, timeless truth in his […]

Making Movies (on location, she don’t know it means)

Kurt’s Cultural Offering recommends Dire Straits third album, Making Movies, here. I’d heartily support that. I saw the band on that tour with Hal Lindes on rhythm guitar. I guess they looked a bit like this … I remember that gorgeous red Schecter Strat and Hal Lindes’ white one.

Music Break

So much great music from various great bloggers: Steve Layman has the legendary Leon Russell Rob at the Hammock Papers has Keith Richards from his sublime first album, Talk is Cheap The Hammock Papers also has Steve Winwood playing a solo, acoustic version of Can’t Find My Way Home Kurt’s Cultural Offering has his continuing […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: If I Should Fall Behind

“We said we’d walk together baby come what may; that come the twilight, should we lose our way; if as we’re walkin’, a hand should slip free; I’ll wait for you and, should I fall behind, wait for me.” If I Should Fall Behind (Bruce Springsteen), Bruce Springsteen To hold the listener (or reader) in suspense, […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: How Does It Feel?

“Do you know, know, know what it’s like To be searchin’ in your own time? All your attempting, experimenting, all on the climb Do you know, know, know what it’s like To be searching and suddenly find All your illusion, all your confusion, all left behind?” How Does It Feel? (Holder, Lea), Slade With all […]

The incomparable Tom Waits

Here’s a great profile, courtesy of the BBC: Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox. I’m never sure if the BBC iPlayer works internationally, or if there are licensing restrictions, so: here is the iPlayer page (as above) here is the “programme web page” (no, I’m not sure of its value either) and, here’s “More about […]

Imelda May, Black Tears @ImeldaOfficial

I’ve been a fan since I heard her on some of Jeff Beck’s work, but Imelda May’s new single is simply superb. Beck plays guitar on studio version, but not on this live video…

Missing music – @HardenKurt

Mr Cultural Offering has lost his library. I feel his pain.

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