Sunday, November 22, 2020

New Chris Hillman Book "Time Between"



Just on the heels of having contributed a classic photo to newly released "The Greg Lake Anthology"...now comes the self-penned new book titled "Time Between" by Chris Hillman, the co-founder of the worldwide famous R&R HOF band, The Byrds. I am deeply honored to have contributed a timely photograph of Chris Hillman while on tour (above) from 1973 with Joe LaLa and Stephen Stills of Manassas in this captivating book. Hillman and The Byrds were the legendary folk-rock band known for the monster hits, "Mr. Tambourine Man"-"Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Eight Miles High." In Hillman's journey he tells of living in Laurel Canyon in the 1960's to join forces with other musical counterparts such as, "The Flying Burrito Brothers," Stephen Stills's "Manassas," "The Souther-Hillman-Furray Band" and "The Desert Rose Band." In the book Hillman also shares his struggles of the ups-and-downs of the music business plus his long spiritual journey that led him to a place of deep faith. Nowadays, Chris Hillman lives in Ventura, CA with his wife Connie of 41 years and counting. The book is a must for all music lovers!

Monday, November 16, 2020

The Jungle Room Website Spreads The Latest

 Want to stay on top of the latest music news and updates? Well, here's an up-trending website that spotlights the latest activity of book author Mr. Phillip Rauls of the non-fiction journal titled, "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive." Come to find out, Rauls recently contributed to the globally released BMG Records LP & CD compilation titled, "The Greg Lake Anthology ~ A Musical Journey." This is a must for all Greg Lake and Emerson, Lake and Palmer music fans. Read it by clicking on the 'The Jungle Room' Website Spreads the latest!   http://www.jungleroom.com/philliprauls.html  

Sunday, November 08, 2020

BMG Records Releases "Greg Lake Anthology"

                                                                                 
                                                                                
BG Records has globally released the classic rock LP & CD masterwork titled "Greg Lake Anthology ~ A Musical Journey." The new release features the many highlights of this artist's great career including a deluxe LP compilation and 21-song collection of his choice music. Plus, a 27-page color booklet that includes original pictures from throughout his lengthy career. I am very honored to have contributed in this project while having one of my select photographs of Greg Lake while taken on tour from the early 1970's that is included in the booklet (the same photo as seen here on page 8 below was also featured in my book "The Rock Trenches").
Gregory Stuart Lake (1947-2016) gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock group King Crimson and also Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). His key compositions included "Lucky Man"-"From The Beginning"-"C'est La Vie"-"Welcome Back My Friends" and "I Believe in Father Christmas." Also noted, in 1969 Greg Lake was the lead singer and bassist of King Crimson's most influential debut album "In The Court of the Crimson King" singing the title cut and "21st Century Schizoid Man." Those songs are included on this compilation as well. This collection of music and booklet of career photographs are definitely a must for all Greg Lake fans.

Friday, November 06, 2020

Former Atlantic Records Exec Dick Kline Passes


                               

We are very sorry to hear of the recent passing of our former promotion director at Atlantic Records Mr. Dick Kline. Regarding his passing I came across this great photo of a choice gathering of Atlantic Record Alums at the company reunion held in Las Vegas back in Feb. 2006. (L-R) John David Kalodner, Jane Ayer, Sandi Perlstein, Dickie Kline & Phillip Rauls. RIP Dick Kline - You will be missed.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Legendary Rock Venue The Warehouse N.O. LA


The legendary rock venue 'The Warehouse' located in New Orleans was often compared to the Fillmore Auditorium's (east and west) in New York and San Francisco. I had become good friends with one of the co-founders Bill Johnston (1944-2013) who appreciated my involvement in the promotion and advertising of Atlantic Records artists who preformed there. In 1970 as the regional Promotion & Marketing Director for the prestiougus record label he admired my support so much that he gave me one of his treasured and original Warehouse T-shirts. Johnston said "You're the only record guy we've seen who shares your passion and devotion." I hung-on to that admired keepsake and 50 years later and was inspired to frame it along with the Atlantic artists that I had toured with and preformed at the Warehouse. In remembrance with those glory days of rock I posted a old picture of myself wearing that T-shirt (top left) along with an original Beaver Productions concert ticket for The Allman Bros. show there and combined with album covers of the groups that I helped promote and advertise for their personal appearances. This framed relic is one of my favorite memoirs.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

A Day On The Job For Rauls Music

A local magazine in Memphis in the early 1980's called Slit Magazine focused on the local music scene and those artists who were worthy of merit. Here is an expressive article on tireless record promoter & photographer Phillip Rauls and his typical day at work. The photo below is from that college circuit tour in Gainesville, FL mentioned in the conclusion of the article on the debut release of the Manassas album on Atlantic Records with Manassas front man Stephen Stills on lead guitar and slide-guitarist Al Perkins Jr. in the background. Double-click for best viewing.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

OFFBEAT Magazine talks about Led Zeppelin Visiting the Streets of New Orleans in 1970's

The ever-popular and widely read OFFBEAT Magazine focuses on the New Orleans music scene, the regions culture and its unique cuisine. But when Led Zeppelin blew into town in the early 1970's for a sold-out concert and a private party held at the legendary Cosmos Recording Studio, the Atlantic Records Regional Promotional Manager Phillip Rauls, who was on tour with the band, was asked to describe the landscape at the time. But only described in words that can be printed in a respectable public magazine. Don't miss this classic story with historical rock music significance! Story by Randy Savoie. 

https://www.offbeat.com/articles/stairway-to-bourbon-street-led-zeppelin-in-new-orleans/ 

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Turn Back the Clock with YES's Rick Wakeman


 My photo for this week is legendary YES keyboardist (also the Strawbs) Mr. Rick Wakeman who was recently inducted into The Rock & Roll Music HOF. Pictured here from the early days while Wakeman was on the road during the ground breaking YES "Fragile Tour." Photo taken at precisely 3:07 PM on Dec.18th 1971 while the group was appearing in concert at the popular venue The Warehouse in New Orleans. Here Rick is being interviewed here over WRNO-FM Radio by DJ 'Humble' Hugh Dillard (photo (c) by phillip rauls). Hope you enjoy and appreciate memories of that incredible era! Read about those days in the non-fiction memoir "The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls available in books at Amazon.com.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Former A&R Director at Atlantic Records and Well Respected Historian Jim Delehant Passes

Rest In Peace my long time friend and well respected business associate Mr.Jim Delehant former A&R Director of Atlantic Records. Travel well my friend - you will be missed "Jimmy D"

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

STAX Records Jim Stewart's Birthday

Happy Birthday to Mr. Jim Stewart the co-founder of the historic STAX Records which had a slew of monster R&B hits during the 1960's & 1970's. It's his 91th Birthday and we congratulate him on his vast achievements and wish Mr. Stewart a terrific Birthday. Photo taken in 2003 in front of his residence in Memphis, TN with Phillip Rauls, former STAX Pop Music Coordinator and East/Memphis Music Publishing Professional Director.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Seattle Radio Royalty 1994

Foto Flashback: "Seattle Radio Royalty 1994" (L-R) EMI Records Phillip Rauls, KXRX Radio Brew Michaels, KISW Radio Steve Young, KUBE Radio Randy Irwin, KPLZ Radio Casey Keating

Friday, May 15, 2020

Two Music Icons Share Friendship

Two Music Icons share a moment in 2012 while attending a Living Room Concert located in the Seattle area at the home of music executive, promoter & book author Phillip Rauls. On the left is legendary songwriter & recording artist Keith Sykes as he is joined with Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Roger Fisher. Keith Skyes is noted for co-writing the John Prine song "You Got Gold" from Prine's Grammy Winning Album "The Missing Years." Sykes also wrote two of Jimmy Buffett's monster hits "Coast Of Marseilles" and "Volcano" among others. On right is guitarist Roger Fisher, founding member of Heart, who co-wrote several of the group's biggest hits, "Barracuda" "Crazy On You" and "Mistral Wind." The Rock Trenches salutes these two gifted music legends and is honored to call them our friends!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

When Memphis Music 'Movers & Shakers' were ignored by the all-mighty Memphis Media

Here's a classic photo from the early 1980's of a influential group of Memphis Music 'movers & shakers' gathered at Cotton Row Recording Studio located in the heart of a city known worldwide for its contribution to global music. (L-R) (#1) Niko Lyras, Engineer-Producer-Studio Owner-Recording Artist; (#2) Martha Ellen Maxwell (1928-2014), Exec. Director Memphis & Shelby County Film, Tape & Music Commission, and Former Exec. Director of the Memphis Symphony Orch; (#3) Edwin Hubbard (1935-1997) Performing & Recording Artist-Flutist Extraordinaire; (#4) Danny Jones, Engineer-Producer-well-acknowledged Musician; (#5) Phillip Rauls, owner of Rauls Music-Promoter-Publisher-Executive Producer-Photographer. Please note: If by chance you are not familiar with any of these music business individuals, try Googling their individual names for a wealth of updated information. Whereas at the time, the local newspapers, local magazines and TV media did not bother to acknowledge these individuals for their distinguished accomplishments. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

It's Times Like These That Brings Inner-Faith

With the global health crisis upon us with the Coronavirus, it seems only natural to rely on one's inner-faith for spiritual guidance. Here from a vintage classic photo that I took over 50 years ago during a daily mass, is the inside of the magnificent cathedral known as The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris located on the summit of Montmartre, France. (Photo taken (c) 1970 with a Canon FT 50mm 1.18 zoom - without a  flash). 





Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Classic Photo of "Hillman-Lala-Stills"

Recently I was contacted by an associate of legendary singer-songwriter & musician Mr. Chris Hillman. Wow! Naturally I was excited as I was being contacted regarding a classic photograph that I had taken years ago. Come to find out, Hillman had seen the photo of a stageshot that was taken when he was playing with Stephen Stills & Manassas. For me, the contact was a pleasant reunion of sorts as I had toured with the band in the early 1970's while working for Atlantic Records. Plus, this also reconnected me with one of my all time favorites as I had always admired Chris Hillman for his low key presence and not seeking the limelight. Hillman had seen the photo of him (on left below) taking a courtesy bow on stage with noted percussionist Joe Lala and mega-star Stephen Stills and thought it would be a good addition to his career archive.

At the time of the photo, Manassas was red-hot and rapidly moving up the charts and on their way to a Gold selling album with the hit singles "It Doesn't Matter" and "Rock 'n' Roll Crazies." Plus, talk about a who's-who of influential rock musicians, Chris Hillman was an early frontrunner in the Folk-Rock movement in the late 1960's and 1970's. As an original member of the Hall of Fame Rock Band, The Byrds, Hillman was influential in introducing psychedelia, folk rock, and country combined with electronic music. The Byrds used pedal steel guitar with a moog synthesizer into their music with their monster hits such as "Turn, Turn, Turn"- "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Eight Miles High." Hillman would go on the record & tour with such notables, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Souther, Hillman and Furay and others. Currently Hillman has released a solo CD and produced by the late Tom Petty and available at his personal website: www.ChrisHillman.com

But wait just a minute, the other two musicians pictured here were certainly no sloches. Pictured in the center is percussionist and vocalist Joe Lala (1947-2014) whose work included being an original member of Blues Image and Manassas. Plus, he also worked and toured with CSNY, The Byrds, Joe Walsh, The Bee Gees and Whitney Houston among others. Yet, after a painful battle with carpal tunnel syndrome, he retired from playing percussions and performing live. But Joe Lala would continue his lengthy career while becoming an actor and appearing in many popular TV shows including, Miami Vice, Melrose Place, Seinfeld, General Hospital.

But, as pictured on the right, what can you say about the legendary singer-songwriter Stephen Stills. Consider that he was an early entree, if not the first, California-based musician that epitomized the modern day West Coast Sound that was not associated with the Surf Music movement or a produced session music. In 1966 Stills formed Hall of Fame Rock Band "The Buffalo Springfield" who opened many doors for a avalanche of Pop-Rock bands to flood the U.S. marketplace. His band The Buffalo Springfield had memorable hits such as, "For What' It's Worth" - "Sit Down I Think I Love You" and "Stop Children - What's That Sound." Stills' next musical venture was mastering the very tasteful and harmonious sounds of Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) with monster hits such as, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" - "Teach Your Children Well' - "Marrakesh Express" - "Our House" and many others. Stills would go on to record several solo albums while striking gold with the notable single, "Love The One You're With". The next Stills project was Manassas combined with numerous collaborations with other noted rock stars. To put the great Stephen Stills long career in perspective, he is the only person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock 'n' Roll Music Hall of Fame. Yet, what else can you possibly say about Stephen Stills as so many others have draped him with homage and praise. Perhaps it sums him up when his long time musical colleleague Neil Young called him, "a genius."

So, with all things said and done, how lucky I was to be a small part of this photograph and capturing a significant moment. Here, these legendary musicians are on stage and having a good time while giving the audience a gracious and courteous bow. Captured moments like this share a great story!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Endangered Species Okinawa Rail

Here's one of my favorite photos and taken in Japan. The Okinawa rail (Gallirallus okinawae) is a species of bird in the rail family, Rallidae. It's existence was only confirmed in 1978 and was described in 1981. It is a medium-sized and mostly flightless with very short wings and tail with a red bill and yellowish legs. It occurs in subtropical moist forests and in neighbouring habitats. It nests and feeds on the ground but usually roosts in trees. It is classified as an endangered species and is threatened by habitat loss and introduced predators. Photo shot in 2006 with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 at 1/125 sec and F4.5 at 55mm. Prints are $35 ea. on ETSY.com Phillip Rauls Gallery.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Birthday Party for Keith Emerson at 30,000 Feet


"Birthday Party at 30,000 Feet." Here's the late Keith Emerson of the British Progressive Rock group 'Emerson, Lake and Palmer' as he flashes a big smile while being surprised with a birthday cake served to him on ELP's charter jet by the flight attendant from band members and with drummer Carl Palmer looking on. Read about the exciting days in the non-fiction memoir "The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls and available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon Books. (photo (c) by phillip rauls)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Mike Pinera Is Still Rockin'


On New Year's Eve of this year of 2020 I had the distinct pleasure of hooking-up again with a former Atlantic Recording artist Mr. Mike Pinera of Blues Image ("Ride Captain Ride") and also of Iron Butterfly, The New Cactus Band, Son Of Cactus, Ramatan and The Alice Cooper Group. It should be further noted, Mike and I both lived in Miami in the early-to-mid 1970's during an enormous growth period of the development of rock music. Plus, no doubt, his good health and career longevity is a testimony of his clean living and being married to the same woman for 45 years. He is still making new music today via his downloads.

(First photo taken New Years Eve 2020 Tacoma, WA  Second photo taken West Palm Beach, FL 1974)



Friday, December 13, 2019

On the Road with 'The Rock Trenches'

The well documented and noted book "The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls covers alots of turf - In the photo above, 'The Great American Music Hall' in San Francisco is in the background as book author Phillip Rauls is sitting on the front fender of promo exec's Dino Barbis' Bentley automobile and taken while traveling on tour with The Don Nix - Larry Raspberry & The Highsteppers Review. We encourage all to read the book reviews in Amazon Books as they speak very complementary of the book's text.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

New 2020 Calendar "Perpetual Imagery"



Hello Boys & Girls! It's that time of year again when you start browsing for a new 2020 calendar that allows you to schedule those important appointment dates and combined with eye-catching images. Well look no more as it's here in the new 2020 Perpetual Imagery Calendar. It's easy to purchase and shipped to your doorstep within days. Order soon as supplies are limited. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying something very classy and colorful for the next 12 months. Designed and photographed by Phillip Rauls. See details at link below...

2020 Perpetual Imagery Calendar

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Updates of Professional Background

Seattle area - Nov.2019. Longtime media mainstay Mr. Phillip Rauls has updated his professional background actives with a current photo and portfolio of career accomplishments. In no particular order - Photo Licensing - Book Author - Music Historian - Photographer - Visual Storyteller - Photo Archive & Museum - Affiliate Naturally Plus Health Care Products - Retired Music Industry Executive.

(photo by rick carrol photography - seattle, wa)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Early Photo Launched A Distinct Course

During the late 1960's when the Peace Movement & Love Generation established a foothold upon society, I too got caught-up in the hoopla. Being a former art student and most recently a drop-out, I sought alternatives for seeking a future career. I was fortunate to be hired as a valet driver for a Life Magazine photographer and L.A. Times Journalist that were in Memphis to cover the death of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With the money earned for my valet services, I was inspired to go straight to the camera store to purchase a camera and test my skills. And oh, what a long and adventurous ride that launched for my creative urges. With a wealth of photo opportunities, I taught myself self to seek and explore those early trials for success or failure. Fortunately, the opportunity proved successful and doors would later open proving my intuition correct. From those very days is one of my all-time favorite photos titled; "Mary Baker." It's not very often you find a remnant that still exists dating all the way back to the period after the Revolutionary War and pre-Civil War era. On this Summer day in 1968 I captured this photo (c) in Nesbitt, MS in a small abandoned graveyard covered in knee-deep brush. As inscribed here, this 236 year old gravestone reads; "Our Mother - Mary Baker - Born in Germantown TN - July 24 1797 - Died in Desoto County MS - Sept 6 1852 - Bless Her Soul Reunited with the Lord."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Legendary Photographer Robert Frank Passes

Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th Century, died today Sept. 9th in Nova Scotia. Frank, who was 94, mentored countless photographers, with his ground breaking book "The Americas", published in 1959, was a collection of unsparing photos of the United States, made over his cross country road trips during the 1950's. His grainy, gritty, black & white pictures changed the course of documentary photography, offering a frank assessment of racism, alienation, and class differences. Jack Kerouac, who wrote the book's introduction, famously said that the book "sucked a sad poem out of America." Frank also changed the way photographers approached the medium, laying ground work for photographers like Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Gary Winogrand as well as leagues of others young photographers who would follow. He eventually became as much a film maker as a photographer as 'Pull My Daisy' his first film, is considered one of the most important avant-garde film of all time - but it was "The Americas" that established his place in the history of photography.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

B-98 Radio's Brew Michaels iPod interview with Author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches"


Here's a classic iPod broadcast with radio veteran Brew Michaels while interviewing book author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive." Hear some of the wild shenanigans of the music industry as told by those who were there in the mix. Running time 4:25   Click-on "The Rock Trenches" link for access


Friday, August 16, 2019

RIP Mr. Peter Fonda


In memory of one of my earliest culture idols Mr. Peter Fonda (1940-2019). RIP 'Captain America.' View Peter Fonda's legendary poster in upper right corner of the photo from his monster hit movie "Easy Rider" released in 1969.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

"The Rock Trenches" on Prestigious Book List





Announcing the book “The Rock Trenches” by Phillip Rauls has been prominently listed as one of “23 Best-Selling Soul Music eBooks of All Time” by leading book rating service ‘BOOK AUTHORITY.” The service uses a proprietary technology to identify and rate the best nonfiction books, using dozens of different signals, including public mentions, recommendations, ratings, sentiment, popularity and sales history. This includes maintaining the most comprehensive collection of book recommendations from domain experts such as Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Prof. Daniel Kahneman, Sheryl Sandberg, and David Allen.

See link below as “The Rock Trenches” ranks 13th among leading authors such as Peter Guralnick, Rob Gordon, Johnathan Gould all of which have referenced author Phillip Rauls in their noted books listed here also. Read about Rauls early days while promoting leading Soul Music label’s STAX Records and Atlantic Records among others during their glory years of global domination. “The Rock Trenches” is available for online purchase in paperback or Kindle at the Amazon Book Site.





Thursday, July 04, 2019

ATL POP FEST 50th ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Get ready for the big 50th Anniversary Commemoration Party for the historic Atlanta International Pop Festival being held in Atlanta at SMITH'S OLDE BAR this Sunday July 7th located at 1578 Piedmont Av. NE. Free parking available. Classic photos from the festival taken by archive photographer Phillip Rauls will be available for purchase. Look for local Pop Fest historian David Michaelson and he'll point you the way to get all those historic photo souvenirs!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Recognized Photographer by Atlanta Journal Constitution of The 50th Anniversary of The Historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival

Honored to be respectively recognized in the prestigious daily newspaper 'The Atlanta Journal Constitution' while honoring the 50th Anniversary of The Historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival. Great article written by music journalist Melissa Ruggieri while combined with a informative Pod Cast about the festival.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Passing of Artist Manager Elliott Roberts

Saddened to hear of the passing of legendary recording artist manager Mr. Elliott Roberts. In a cut-throat boisterous business of "ME FIRST" I always admired his carefully crafted 'background status' that he meticulously positioned himself while always putting the recording artist first. Click link below.
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/elliot-roberts-neil-young-manager-dead-851390/?fbclid=IwAR330i5Cl_gErRq7a97MnqYZ6iuM3rUCZYwoPEPtLP03ey1nq4-WjSf4j7k

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Two Legends Pass in One Week

It's probably an understatement to state that we lost two very great artist this week. Both were true originals with their own unique musical styles. Mac Rebennack "Dr. John" (77) and Leon Redbone (69) passed away but not forgotten. Dr. John served as the unofficial voodoo ambassador of the Crescent City while Leon Redbone's music was a throw-back from the bygone era. Both will be greatly missed.
Dr. John's album "REMEDIES" on Atlantic Records
Leon Redbone's "Up The Lazy River" on Blue Thumb Records

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Color Prints of Sedona Colors

Here's my photo selection of the week - "Sedona Colors." In my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful places to visit. Prints are $35 each plus S&H with tracking. (photo (c) philliprauls)

Friday, May 03, 2019

Celebration of Star Wars May Day


Star Wars Day is May 4th and the annual celebration of the 1977 George Lucas science fiction and space-opera film that changed the entire movie industry. The Star Wars soundtrack is the original motion picture music to the film composed  the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, calling it "culturally, historically, and aestand conducted by John Williams as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.The soundtrack album was released by 20th Century Fox Records in the United States in June 1977 and peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while being awarded Platinum Record status. In 2004, the soundtrack album was preserved byhetically significant". In the year 2005, the American Film Institute named the original Star Wars soundtrack as the most memorable music score of all time for an American film.

Deep into "The Rock Trenches"

Flashback - Deep down in 'The Rock Trenches' with my radio buds (L-R) Kevin Chase-KMOK Lewiston ID, Phillip Rauls-EMI Records Seattle, Paul Walker-OK 95 Tri-Cities WA, Jay Stevens-KFTZ Idaho Falls ID.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Be Careful What You Wish For...


The year was 1985 and I can remember player-coaching in a basketball league in Memphis when I'd rush home to watch late night TV. You see, NBA Basketball games from the West Coast came-on at 10 or 10:30 PM in Memphis so this worked out fine for me. I could sit on my couch and pop-open a beer and watch B-Ball til after midnight. At the time I was totally enthralled into the basketball world and inherently surrounded myself with 'game.' My favorite team was the Seattle Super Sonics and I loved watching them with stars like Jack Sikma, Paul Westfall and Dennis Johnson and Downtown Freddie Brown. While watching my favorites, how I dreamed of living in a town that had an NBA team. Funny thing though, one year later, I had Sonics season tickets and was living that very dream. 


Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The Passing of Mr. George Klein

Sorry to hear of the passing of a true legend, Mr. George Klein (1935-2019). He was a King among Kings and gave many of us followers our very wings. RIP G.K.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

"Rant N' Rave with The Razz" Music Documentary Slideshow

"Rant N' Rave with The Razz" is a music-slideshow documentary of the expansive career of music legend Mr. Larry Raspberry. No doubt you'll enjoy this colorful journey of one of the musical greats of our times! Click-on title above for video.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Big Star Documentary Film

A friend emailed me that the Memphis indy TV channel recently aired a two hour documentary on Big Star. I'm assuming that's probably the same production that I licensed a couple of my photos to a couple of years back. I promoted their second album "Radio City" and traveled to L.A. & N.Y. with Ardent Records P.R. man John King. On the N.Y. trip the group played at the famous club Max's Kansas City. Funny thing though, the album wasn't setting the world on fire as it's release came in the middle of the Columbia/Epic Records vs. STAX Records distribution dispute. Ironically, the band was more popular 20 years after their demise than upon their initial launching. Here's a pix that I took in L.A. that was included in the documentary film and taken at Tower Records in Hollywood with John King from Ardent and Charlie Shaw Tower manager while holding up a copy of "Radio City" by Big Star. We hope all Big Star fans can appreciate these timeless photos!





Thursday, January 10, 2019

Classic Photo STAX Veterans

 

Seen here is legendary drummer Mr. Al Jackson Jr. (1935-1975) of Booker T. & The MG's and Mr. Don Nix, a founding member of classic instrumental group The Mar-Keys. Photo captured in the late 1960's at the Denmark railway station while chatting about their historic European tour that opened the doors for many STAX artists. Both Jackson & Nix would further their careers with expansive artist endeavors that included solo projects, songwriting and the production of other major recording artists. It should be further known that Al Jackson Jr. and Don Nix were both pioneers in a expansive period of American music history that influenced many globally known artists for years to come including the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and many more.



Saturday, December 22, 2018

2019 Commemorative Calendar for the 50th Anniversary of the Historic 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival

Last chance to score a copy of the 2019 Commemorative Calendar celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival. The final pressing of this classic calendar is reaching a deadline for ordering soon. This one-time-only memorabilia item features documentary photographs that canvassed the entire festival and laid-out in time frame sequences. Don't miss out to get your copy as this 2019 calendar as this is the event that changed the landscape of modern music and Pop Culture. Follow the easy instructions and      receive your copy or send a copy to a friend. Click here for ordering your copy.

Friday, December 21, 2018

2019 Commemorative Calendar of 50th Anniversary of 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival

This is the last time available for ordering the 2019 Commemorative Calendar of the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival. Don't miss the final deadline to order this classic memorabilia item that features a photo documentary of the events that changed the landscape of pop culture.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Music Book Highlights Xmas Gifts

Had an enthusiastic fellow music lover recently tell me "The Rock Trenches" was the best book that he's ever read." Wow! Naturally I felt gratified and was encouraged to remind those who might appreciate an informative book on modern music history plus an inexpensive Christmas gift for passionate music lovers! Now available for online purchase at   Amazon.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2019 Commemorative Calendar for 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival

Hello Music Lovers & Pop Culture Enthusiasts. Listen to this! Now you can be the first one on your block...to turn back the clock. That's right. Turn it back all the way to 50 years ago to the historic 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival. That's where it all began. Back when the Love Generation was spreading it's good vibes. When the peace movement was handing out flowers and burning draft cards. Plus, no doubt it's important to note, that was 6 months before the classic Woodstock festival. But now the time has come, you can relive those magical moments with the Commemorative Calendar for the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival.

The Atlanta International Pop Festival was held over the festive 4th of July weekend in 1969 at the Atlanta International Speedway. With crowds attending from many different areas, festival numbers ranged from 150,000 and above. Here anxious music fans squeezed into tight spaces as temperatures reached around 100 degrees when local fire departments used fire hoses to cool down the crowds. Three days of music was provided by all the leading artists of the day.

Including Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Head, Johnny Winter, Delaney & Bonnie, Booker T. & The MGs, Paul Butterfield, Sweetwater, Mike Bloomfield, Johnny Rivers & more. If you were fortunate to attend, here's the perfect one-time chance to have your own piece of memorabilia from this classic music event. But if you were not unable to attend, now you can jump aboard for a scenic ride with this photo documentary calendar that canvasess the music festival with stunning images.
Enjoy 12 months of irreplaceable memories as this calendar features both color and black & white photographs on hard stock glossy photo paper. Made with professional grade ring-binding for flipping through the wall calendar that is 11" X 17" when open and displayed. 

To order this 2019 Commemorative Calendar please order early as supplies are limited. A sampling of this 2019 Commemorative Calendar is displayed at the  link below. Proceed there at that ETSY site for easy processing and quick delivery. Please note this is a one-time offer and not available after mid-January.  To order this 2019 Commemorative Calendar follow the link below for easy processing and quick delivery. Listed here is link for purchase and shipping.