Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Paul Allen's Vintage Aircraft and Artillery Museum in Everett WA

On Monday, Oct. 15th, 2018 the world awoke to the sudden passing of philanthropist and great Seattle renaissance man Mr. Paul Allen (1953-2018). Allen had no earthly equal and no doubt was a knight in shining armour. In Redmond, WA in 1975 Allen co-founded the global technology giant Microsoft with childhood friend, Bill Gates. From that endeavor Paul Allen would go on to be one of the richest people in the world. Allen had a wide range of interest that included science to sports to music. He owned the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trail Blazers, the massive real estate giant Vulcan Properties, the EMP Rock Music Museum (now known as MoPOP) and the Allen Institute for Brain Science among others. Recently I was very inspired when I visited Paul Allen's vintage aircraft and artillery museum in Everett, WA and known as the "The Flying Heritage Collection.' Upon that timely visit I filmed this photo documentary of Allen's vintage aircraft museum that includes tanks and other military hardware. Please enjoy this photo documentary "The Flying Heritage Collection."

Monday, September 03, 2018

Maybe the Inspiration for a Book from YES bassist Mr. Chris Squire

Being in the presence of YES bassist Mr. Chris Squire was always a pleasant experience. He went by the nickname of the 'Fish' and served the tough job of being the band's catalyst while always pushing the proverbial ticket into the band's future. Read about the struggles and successes of the band's early days in the book "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" by author-photographer Phillip Rauls at this link....…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

Friday, August 10, 2018

Terry Reid - Quite Possibly The Greatest Rock Voice Uncredited

British Rock Star Terry Reid was early on the music scene and had a loyal following dating all the back to the late 1960's. American radio picked-up on this handsome vocalist when his Epic Records album titled "Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid" was released featuring the FM Radio classic "Super Lungs." Reid, who also happened to play guitar, frequently performed with a host of complimentary side-men including slide-guitarist David Lindley and legendary drummer Alan White just to name a few. Terry Reid had everything going for him with good looks, high-pitched and throaty vocals with a piercing range that most singers could not mimic. Plus, he could write endearing songs that could strike a cord with female audiences. But here's one story that everybody already knows about by now. When Terry Reid's tellie rang one morning from a call from Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page who was actively recruiting him to be the vocalist in Page's newly revised band, The New Yardbirds (later to become Led Zeppelin), Reid thanked him but convinced Page that his focus was on being a solo artist. But in turn, a flattered Terry Reid suggested that Jimmy Page might consider another young vocalist at the time, Band Of Joy's Robert Plant. And the rest is history. 
Other notable albums by Terry Reid would follow such as; "Move Over For Terry Reid" in 1969, "River" in 1973 and produced by legendary house-producer at Atlantic Records Mr. Tom Dowd and recorded in the musical hotbed of Muscle Shoals, AL, plus "Seed Of Memory" and released in 1976, "Rogue Waves" released in 1979, and then "The Driver" in 1991. Others albums would continue to follow with a variety of song compilations and concerts performances. 

In perhaps one of Terry Reid's most inspiring performances and captured on this incredible video from his 1971 appearances at the music festival in Great Britain known as Glastonbury Fayre, is this classic rock vocalist at his very best. This festival is inspired by the ethos of British counterculture and a yearly event that was always well attended. Accompanied on stage by leading musicians of the day, noted sessions guitarist David Lindley on steel, Alan White from Plastic Ono Band & YES on drums, Lee Miles on bass, and Linda Lewis on background vocals. No doubt, this video hammers home the essence of Love Generation from that era. Here is Terry Reid's outstanding vocal & stage performance of his self-penned song titled, "Dean." (Editor's note - Watch this video on enlarged Screen)

Ms. Diane Fradin assisted in this posting

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

"Two Peas In A Pod" Longtime Friends & Associates Mr. Mario Medious and Mr. Phillip Rauls

"Two Peas In A Pod." Longtime friends & business associates from Atlantic Records dating all the way back to the late 1960's. Pictured here are Mario Medious and Phillip Rauls from earlier this Summer in Coconut Grove, Florida while reminiscing about all the great music they helped promote. Mario went on to become President of Manticore Records and you can read about all his wild shenanigans in the book "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" available at this link...…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Crab Cracker "Artist Of The Week"

Hallelujah! Crab Cracker Magazine's latest issue selects Mr. Phillip Rauls as their "Artist Of The Week." Who knows, maybe the Pulitzer Prize is next. 😀

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Excerpts of "The Rock Trenches"

Live interview at WRNO-FM in New Orleans with YES's Rick Wakeman. (L-R) WRNO's 'Humble' Hugh Dillard, Atlantic Records Phillip Rauls, Rick Wakeman and YES manager Brian Lane
As Regional Promotion & Marketing Director for Atlantic Records in 1972, no doubt I was very fortunate to travel with YES on their U.S. tour on the release of the "YES" album and also their follow-up album titled "Fragile". On those tours I became good friends with keyboardist Rick Wakeman and later sold him a 1947 Packard that I shipped to London to join his collection of classic vintage automobiles. Read about those noteworthy days in the exciting book "The Rock Trenches - Journal of a Music Industry Executive" available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble for online purchase.
Phillip Rauls in his 1947 Packard that he sold to YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman as a cool addition to his modest antique classic car collection. 
"The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" is available in Kindle version & paperback

Monday, June 25, 2018

Photo Selected For Legendary Record Box Set Archive Booklet

Classic photo featured in the 2012 release of the Record Box set titled "Never To Be Forgotten - The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974" on Light In The Attic Records. The collectors item box set has 20 different Stax songs on ten different single 45 RPM records. Plus, the package includes a classy 72 page color glossy booklet that features interviews from several influential Stax artists and former executives for the famous record label. Only a limited number of box sets were originally issued with each one being individually numbered for archive reference. Photo by Phillip Rauls

Thursday, May 17, 2018

It seems like a fantasy of yesteryear as I worked with music legend Robert Palmer while promoting his music on three different record labels. No doubt an unusual circumstance yet indeed a rare achievement. Read about those up-and-coming years as the handsome Brit gains rock stardom in the book "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" by Phillip Rauls and available at Amazon for online purchase in paperback or Kindle.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Welcoming March Madness Historia

Hallelujah! Let the fun begin as it's my time of the year. Every March about this time I'm filling out the NCAA brackets and glued to the tube. Only the NBA Finals can parallel this tourney. Most recently I was communicating with a long time associate when he disputed my extensive participation of coaching the game. Plus, in the process he threw me under the bus as these comments were made in a public forum and a social media platform. Naturally those statements disturbed me but I let it go without further conformation. But after several days of stewing on his negative comments I contemplated giving a rebuttal. So, after spending several days digging through dozens of boxes in my dusty attic, this is my official response. (Pictures may be enlarged by double-clicking the image) 
As we get older in our years, memory filled photographs are a good tonic for reminiscence. Naturally I had an ax to grind in the denial of my coaching archive as there were so many talented athletes whose lives were intertwined with my long voyage of the game. Please note that many of these photographs posted here have been sealed in glass frames and stored in boxes for years in less than perfect conditions. Some team pics were so badly deteriorated that I could not use the images. Yet, careful restoration has been applied to some of the other pics. My apology to those players whose photos were omited or required tweaking. Nevertheless, I'm proud of all of these time capsules that cover a period of 30+ years involving my basketball teams. As the curtain opens.... 

Here inside the huddle of a time-out Coach Rauls goes over a strategy for victory. Notice in the background that the gymnasium is packed. Standing room only. Top row (L-R) Cecil Dowell, Coach Phillip Rauls, Bobby Parks, Marvin Alexander, Robbie Randolph, Dennis Isbell. Bottom row sitting (L-R) Anthony Love, Dexter Reed and Don Dorsey. 

Winning the league tournament in the Bluff City Classic two years in a row was a honor that remains special to these talented athletes. Top row (L-R) Coach Rauls, Bobby Parks, Johnny Gibson, William Bedford, George Morrow, Dwight Moody, James Wiggins. Bottom row (L-R) Unknown, Unknown, Don Dorsey, Andre Laird, Cecil Dowell, Phillip 'Doom' Haynes.     

The Bluff City Classic league was sponsored two years in a row by Rock 103 Radio. Those lobbing efforts were created thru the business association of Phillip Rauls and the generous support provided by the radio station's general manager, Bill Thomas. Top row (L-R) Coach Phillip Rauls, James Wiggins, Bobby Parks, William Bedford, Johnny Gibson, Marvin Alexander, Dwight Moody, unknown, George Morrow. Bottom row (L-R) Unknown, Andre Laird, Cecil Dowell, Unknown, Unknown, Don Dorsey, Jon-Eric Rauls.  

Pictured here the year before, radio station K-97 sponsored the league. Again, those efforts were supported by Coach Phillip Rauls' background in the media business. Top row (L-R) Dennis Isbell, Bobby Parks, Michael Bates, Unknown, Anthony Love. Bottom row (L-R) Coach Phillip Rauls, Don Dorsey, Robbie Randolph, Dexter Reed, Jerome Mincy.

Pre-game strategy was vital to the discipline in winning a contest. Here Coach Phillip Rauls preaches a strong defense and the key to victory. Player number # 15 with back to camera was 7' 1" Center William Bedford who would go on to play in the NBA for several years with the Detroit Pistons.
Not all games ended in victory. Here players reveal a somber mood after losing a big game. Top row (L-R) Unknown, John Kilzer, Johnny Gibson, William Bedford, Marvin Alexander, M. Dowell, Anthony Love. Bottom row (L-R) Coach Phillip Rauls, Cecil Dowell, Don Dorsey, Kenneth Moody, Dwight Moody.

One of the strongest teams during that era was the King Kitchens Basketball team. Loaded with talent and handsome faces, here team members display the trophy for winning the league championship. Top row (L-R) Dexter Reed, Steve Meacham, Tony Rufus, Mike O'Keefe, Bill Cook, John Kilzer. Bottom row (L-R) Jeff Wyatt, Tony Snead, Mike Butler, Mike King, Phillip Rauls
The Rauls Music Basketball Team was considered as a tough contender and filled gymnasiums with supportive fans. Even the local newspaper wrote about them and featured photographs of their game shenanigans. Top Row (L-R) John Kilzer, Malcolm McKinney, Dennis Isbell, Ron Franz, Mike O'Keefe. Bottom row (L-R) Dexter Reed, Phillip Rauls, Mike Butler, Mike King, Jeff Wyatt.
Looking like poster boys for a Colgate Toothpaste commercial, here the King Kitchens - Rauls Music Basketball Team shows off their pearly whites. Top Row (L-R) Craig Alexander, John Kilzer, Stan Jones, Jim Hawkins, C. Todd. Bottom row (L-R) David Gingold, Phillip Rauls, Mike Butler, Mike King. 
Playing for the corporate Basketball Team at STAX Records was indeed a blast. Here Phillip Rauls reveals the sound reasoning for being singled out among others for those ever-recognizable legs.

Coaching a Junior Basketball Team for the East Memphis YMCA had it moments. Here are some fine young men who gave their all for the team. 
As mentioned earlier, some of these photographs didn't hold-up well over a long period of time. Apologies to those athletes as some photo adjustments were applied. Top row (L-R) Steve Rowland, Randy Hoover, David Gingold, Mike King. Bottom row (L-R) Big Chuck, Phillip Rauls, Jeff Wyatt, John Webb.   
In conclusion, I would like to say that these basketball photo archives date back to the Treadwell Jr. High School basketball program. Coached by former Old Miss basketball star Jerry Bynum, no doubt he had a strong influence upon my life. When his voice rang out the nickname he had coined me with, "Lefty" I lit-up with prideful joy. From that moment on I always desired to leave footprints.

Now back to the very beginning of this story where I had been wrongly disputed by someone about my long background of being involved in coaching and playing in this wonderful game. To him I proudly say, "You may now wipe the egg dripping from your sour-puss face."

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Monday, February 12, 2018

"Artist Of The Week" Award - Crab Cracker Magazine

Crab Cracker Magazine awards the "Artist Of The Week" recognition to photographer Phillip Rauls for his 2018 Ambiance Abound Calendar. Celebrate the new year by purchasing this stunning collection of colorful photographs that are displayed in this new 2018 calendar. This special assortment of favorite photographs are assembled by Northwest photographer Phillip Rauls and currently available at ETSY.COM at the Phillip Rauls Gallery.     

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Audio Review "The Rock Trenches"

Whoohoo! Really excited about the latest audio announcement and supportive review of the current book, "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" by Phillip Rauls. Plus, we are told by sources that it's pretty darn cool for a first-time book author who actually writes his own material rather than using those words of a ghost writer. Plus, also being a photographer who shares his own original images instead of those used or staged as photo-ops. Dang! Isn't that the way it's supposed to be in the first place? To purchase the book go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and order online. Or, you may order directly from your favorite book store outlet. But first, check-out the above audio review of "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive"

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Music Legends Lost in 2017

Monday, December 04, 2017

A Music Lovers Best Christmas Gift

Give that special someone in your life the book that everyone's talking about, "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal Of A Music Industry Executive" by Phillip Rauls. The holiday spirit translates into something good and this memoir features stories that will keep you entertained and includes killer photographs to match. Do yourself a favor and order now while Christmas is just around the corner. Available for online purchase at Amazon.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Have You Visited Phillip Rauls Photo Gallery?

Do you like eye-candy with amazing images? Are you curious about your surroundings and enjoy scenic landscapes? Places far away? Interesting people? Beautiful animals? Exotic birds? Colorful fish? Rock Stars galore? Well, feast your eyes towards an exclusive internet photo shop where you can view over 70 images and purchase a photo with a simple click of the button. Then have your favorite pic shipped to your doorstep within three days. It's called The Phillip Rauls Photo Gallery and the door's open and admission is free! So, come on in and stay awhile! There's something for everyone....

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Pod Of Orcas Sited In Saratoga Passage

What a thrilling sight to behold as this morning I was sitting on my front porch deck and a school of Orcas were passing by while followed by ten or twelve boats hoping to get a close view of the whales. My mouth dropped wide open as I recognized an opportune moment. But had to move fast to enable capturing the shot. Naturally by the time I retrieved my zoom lens all the whales had moved on and I only got a shot of the yachts. But heck, ain't life grand?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Glaciers On The Endangered List?

Sometimes back, we were traveling to the scenic community of Whistler, British Columbia and I was taken away by the beauty of our very closest neighbor…Canada. As a person who originally came to the beautiful NW from the flat surface of the Mid-South, many of my closest friends including myself have never stood next a real glacier. And you know what? This trip would connect me to a long-time wish on my bucket list. Let me explain. You see, I really enjoy mountains. Especially the big ones that have snow caps all year around. Viewing snow covered mountains on a hot summer day in August was really something special for me. Naturally being a photo bug, I was anxious to snap a few pictures of our trip. Then the wife suggested, “Let’s take a ride up to the very top of the mountain on the gondola lift.” Heck, I didn’t need much encouragement for that. After all, I just purchased some new Eddie Bauer hiking sandals and I was ready to test their durability.
As we boarded the tram to get an elevated view of the scenic area, I was in awe of the beauty of mother nature. The air was so crisp that you could feel the altitude change. Plus, several deer were running around beneath our ascent to the top. It was simply mindboggling what you could view from that elevation. Within moments we were so high in the sky that we were positioned above an aircraft that was flying in the area. I told the wife, “Look at this, I’m actually pointing my camera lens downward to get a photo of a plane flying beneath us.”
At this elevation, the air stays cool all year around. So cool, the snow hadn’t melted from last year. Or, maybe it was from the previous year. Who knows? At that moment, I stopped to think about the effects of the lingering snow. You know, maybe this snow might still be here from years gone by. Suddenly, that’s when I realized I was looking at one of nature’s greatest marvels, a glacier. 
Truth is, here I am looking at this glacier and it’s probably older than me. Maybe thousands of years old. And like myself and the creatures around me, it’s time on this earth is always being challenged by constant climate change. When I’m gone, well, I hope I will be missed. But when this glacier is gone, all animals, tree forage and humans will miss its water that runs down streams and rivers supplying fresh water from rainfall, snow cover and glacier melt. This glacier provides life for many of the living things that surround it while much depends upon its frequent nourishment.
But what would threaten this glaciers longevity? The answer is right there in front of our faces. Climate change. Believe me, the earth’s atmosphere is thick with the results of dirty air caused by too much carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere. That's the results of the burning of carbon-based fuels like those found in oil products and coal. Thus, causing the blocking of proper balance of the sun and the earth’s temperature to rise as a result.
Now hold-on a minute, I’m not trying to preach you a sermon. Much less, sound like Al Gore. Although Gore might have invented the internet, but he didn’t create the many years of the burning of fossil fuels. Don’t blame me either. Look, I’m just a blogger and photographer. I’m trying to do my part by sharing this posting. But everybody should do theirs by delivering this same message. Truth is, the clock is ticking and our next generation’s livelihood depends upon the sharing of this knowledge. We should take care of this planet now because the next time I visit British Columbia and view this glacier, I want the snow pack to still be there.

Phillip Rauls 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Forgerty

John Forgerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival were the hottest band in America in the late 1960's & early 70's. The success of the Bay Area rock band was simply mind boggling and literally put Fantasy Records on the map. Read about the band and view many great photos of early days of rock music in the new book "The Rock Trenches" by former record executive and photographer Phillip Rauls. Book is available in both Kindle or paperback online at or Barnes & 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Paul Butterfield Video Documentary

Music lovers please note there is a new video documentary released on legendary blues harmonica artist Mr. Paul Butterfield titled "Horn From The Heart." Praise for this ground breaking artist has come from every corner of the music world. Paul Butterfield set the stage for this genre of music to spread at a rapid pace and this film is very well produced and documentedI am honored to announce that I was chosen to have several key photographs included in this new film documentary. Included below is the video trailer for the movie. Hope you enjoy. 

Phillip Rauls

Monday, July 17, 2017

Enshrined Display at STAX Records Museum

Memphis, TN - Announcing Phillip Rauls, author-photographer of "The Rock Trenches" has been included in a new display that is enshrined at the STAX Museum Of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN. This encased display features an original STAX basketball jersey that was worn by Phillip during his days of employment when he was playing on the corporate basketball team at STAX Records. Also featured in the display is a photograph of Phillip showing him in that original setting and wearing the jersey. Rauls served in several executive positions at STAX including Pop Music Coordinator and later as Director of Professional Activities at East/Memphis Music Publishing Company, STAX's in-house publisher. 
The STAX Records Museum is located at 926 E. McLemore in Memphis and seeks to present, preserve, promote and interpret the art, history, culture and heritage of American Soul Music, specifically the Memphis Sound and it's profound influences adopted internationally. Phillip Rauls, a native Memphian, is a 30+ year veteran of the music industry and now resides in the Seattle area.   

Monday, May 01, 2017

Exciting Live TV Interview With New Book Author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches"

Holy Smokes Batman! Everybody's favorite radio & TV personality Mr. George Klein of Sirius Radio and also the showcase TV program called 'Memphis Sounds' has invited new book author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches" to appear on his program. Check out the link below...

Monday, February 27, 2017

R&R HOF Nominee Alan White of YES Scores Autographed Copy of "The Rock Trenches"

Look who dropped by unexpectedly at The Author's Festival located at Island Books in Seattle to purchase an autographed copy of the new book "The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls. Pictured here is Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame nominee and classic rock drummer Mr. Alan White from the legendary rock group YES with book author Phillip Rauls and Mrs. GiGi White. What an honor to have a surprised visit from the hierarchy of Rock music's finest. Rauls worked with Alan White and YES on several of the band's first American tours in the early 1970's as he writes of those memorable days in his new book. "The Rock Trenches" is a non-fiction memoir of music history and features many of Rauls' archive photographs and tantalizing stories. The books is available in both Kindle or paperback versions for online purchases at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or through your favorite book store.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches" interviewed by Earle Farrell of KWAM Memphis

Former music executive and photographer Phillip Rauls is interviewed about his new book titled "The Rock Trenches" by Memphis radio and TV veteran Earle Farrell of KWAM 990 Radio. As the program began Farrell tells Phillip,"You came bouncing-into the studio today and looking like you're staying busy!" To which Rauls responded by saying "No dust settling under my feet." His comment drew a big laugh from Farrell and visiting studio guests. "The Rock Trenches" is published by Mojo Triangle Books and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local book store outlet. The book is categorized as a non-fiction memoir under music history and available in Kindle or paperback.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"The Rock Trenches" Stages Rock's Greatest Era

New book "The Rock Trenches - Journal of a Music Industry Executive" is a non-fiction memoir canvasing the early days of Rock 'N' Soul Music. The story is written by author - photographer Phillip Rauls as he seeks entrance into a business that beckons his call. During his travels he is very fortunate to carry with him a camera enabling him to capture rare moments. Better still, in the book Rauls has the ability to express himself in words and without the fabricated usage of a ghost writer. He begins his journey as a road manager to a local garage band who has a million selling record just out of high school. The Gentrys "Keep On Dancing" scores big while opening future doors for him to become the promotion manager for legendary Soul label STAX Records. At that point the story skyrockets as he is lured away to join the global leader in music, Atlantic Records. With the growing popularity of FM radio and a record label that conquers all of Rock Music's endless boundaries, Rauls rubs shoulders with the top mover & shakers of the radio and record industry. He continues his journey by joining 20th Century Fox Records an becomes a finalist in Billboard Magazines 'Regional Record Executive of The Year'. He later joins the mighty EMI Records while gaining additional awards. Read about and view photos of Led Zeppelin, YES, Booker T. & The MG's, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Robert Palmer, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more. Available in both Kindle and paperback and published by Mojo Triangle Books. Available at, Barnes & Noble or your local book outlet.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Radio Interview with Author Phillip Rauls

Long time industry veteran and well-respected radio announcer Brew Michaels interviews author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Record Industry Executive." The interview was delivered via a podcast and also the broadcast airwaves of B 98 Radio in Kalispell, Montana. Rauls also sat-in on Michael's Saturday radio program also know as 'Lunch with Led' featuring a entire hour during the noon-time with music from Led Zeppelin.

Monday, November 07, 2016

"The Rock Trenches" on Sale at Amazon - Barnes & Noble or Your Favorite Book Outlet

Don be shy. Step-up and get a copy of the new book "The Rock Trenches" and read stories about a magical period of music history. Read about Led Zeppelin, YES, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robert Palmer and many more. Plus, check-out the never-seen-before photos by author-photographer Phillip Rauls. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"The Rock Trenches" is a Gallery of Photos

Music lovers and photo enthusiasts are feasting on the array of captivating stories and newly discovered photographs in the new book "The Rock Trenches ~ Journal of a Music Industry Executive" by Phillip Rauls. Published by Mojo Triangle Books, a division of Sartoris Literary Group, the book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookstore. Available in both Kindle and paperback, the book is a non-fiction memoir of rock music history.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

New Book "The Rock Trenches" Gains Ground

New book "The Rock Trenches" is trending well and popular with different age groups. Plus, no-doubt those previously unseen photographs add credence to the novel text. The book is likely to be filed in store sections featuring 'memoirs', 'non-fiction' and 'music history.' Also, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or through your favorite book outlet.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

New Book "The Rock Trenches" Brings Out The Best Of Friends

New book "The Rock Trenches" brings out the best when it comes to reuniting longtime friends and business associates. Joined together here are legendary producer-songwriter Don Nix, author of new book "The Rock Trenches" Phillip Rauls and everyone's favorite singer-songwriter Keith Sykes. The new book is a journal of authentic stories and photographs of a magical period of Rock music history. Published by Mojo Triangle Books and available in both Kindle and paperback versions and available at, Barnes & Noble or through local book outlets.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Radio Personality and Book Author Revisit

Favorite Memphis radio personality and long time associate Mr. Steve Conley (R) of Guess FM 99.3 shares a moment with book author Phillip Rauls of "The Rock Trenches" during one of Conley's scheduled appearances. The new book features surprisingly untold stories of notable DJ's, legendary recording artists and includes classic archive photos that should be a treat for all music fans. Published by Mojo Triangle Books and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite book outlet. 

Saturday, October 01, 2016

The Rock Trenches Reunites Old Friends And Business Colleagues As The Stories Fly High

Pictured here on a mini-book tour is well-respected music industry professional David "Flash" Fleischman and book author of The Rock Trenches Phillip Rauls. The new book is trending well while giving readers a peek behind the curtains of the mysterious antics and shenanigans of those in music industry. Published by Mojo Triangle Books and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite book outlet.

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Book Promotes Embracing Reunions

The new book "The Rock Trenches - Journal of a Record Executive" by Phillip Rauls is shown here on a mini-book tour recently in Memphis, TN. If some were not aware or perhaps living under a rock somewhere, Memphis is the distinctive home of Rock 'N' Soul music and celebrated globally for its fine reputation of this genre. Book author & photographer Phillip Rauls says "Hooking-up with old friends and sharing heartfelt stories from The Rock Trenches is a delight for all participants. I'm hearing stories of yesteryear about myself that I didn't even know happened or ever existed!" The book is a non-fiction memoir of music history featuring tantalizing photographs of well-known music icons with behind the scenes tales that will have you on the floor laughing. Published by Mojo Triangle Books and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite book store outlet.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

'Artist Of The Week' Recognition for Author Phillip Rauls and his book "The Rock Trenches"

(North Seattle Area) The Crab Cracker Magazine has recognized author - photographer Phillip Rauls as the publication's 'Artist Of The Week' in their August 28-Sept. 8th issue (#176) serving the greater Stanwood and Camano Island areas. Rauls exciting new book "The Rock Trenches" was just released in mid-August and already drawing the attention of radio interviews in several regions such as Memphis, TN and the Seattle-Everett area plus several internet radio stations. "Pretty cool" was Rauls response when asked about the first weeks initial response and if he expects additional media recognition? "Well, after 30+ years of promoting recording artist and their music, their videos, their tours and their books...I'm just delighted to be on the other side of the fence for a change!" Still another observation from Rauls was when he added, "In the past I was the person placing the calls and seeking exposure for new records and new videos but now my phone is ringing without my fingers doing the actual dialing!" That's not to say the tide has completely turned in his favor as he realizes much work lies ahead. "The book is all about the inner mechanics of turning the wagon wheels of promotion and marketing. You know...the same kinda work that new authors have to perform." Rauls stated that he welcomes any possible media interviews or book signings and is currently preparing for several in the forthcoming month. "September looks real good and I hope to stay very busy."

"The Rock Trenches" is a non fiction memoir of Rauls experiences as a record industry executive and features tantalizing stories and many of his personal photographs that have never been publicly viewed. Published by Mojo Triangle Books a division of The Sartoris Literary Group. The book is available in both Kindle and paperback version and may be purchased through this Amazon site.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Rock Trenches Shares A Magic Carpet Ride

Announcing the August 15th release of a new book with an engaging storyline about life on the road with rock bands and includes an impressive array of photographs."The Rock Trenches" is exactly what the title implies as author-photographer Phillip Rauls takes you on his magic carpet ride into the adventurous world of the music industry. Rauls demystifies what takes place behind the scenes as he teams-up to develop up-and-coming rock bands into gold and platinum artists. In this text subtitled "Journal of a Music Industry Executive" he shares his experiences while you can almost feel the bass drum and amplifiers pounding your chest. Read about touring with Led Zeppelin, YES, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Vinegar Joe, The Eagles, Robert Palmer and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more. As a middle-management promotion & marketing executive, Rauls enjoyed the unparalleled freedom of being a field representative. Truth is, he had no desire to be promoted from his position and having to relocate to the entertainment meccas of New York or Los Angeles. Besides, he was having too much fun and preferred frolicking in the regional hotspots of New Orleans, Miami and later to Seattle. Rauls background includes representing several of the top record companies such as STAX Records, Atlantic Records, 20th Century Fox Records and EMI Records. "The Rock Trenches" is written in appealing language containing no F-bombs or dirty little secrets. Dang! But you'll roll in the floor laughing when reading about his wacky shenanigans. Available both in paperback and eBook version. Published by Sartoris Literary Group. Release date is August 2016 with both Kindle version and the paperback being available here for your order on Amazon  

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Monday, July 28, 2014

Taking A Hiatus After Nine + Years of Postings

The Editor of The Photolog is taking a long and well deserved hiatus from our monthly entries. We hope that you have enjoyed our extensive postings dating back to the year of 2005. We've been delighted in getting reconnected with so many dear old friends plus countless new acquaintances who have embraced our content. As you continue your quest for updated research of the music industry and Pop-Culture please check-out our extensive links & archive sections to review a historic nine year exhibit of reference material. There we have combined insightful stories and original photographs for your reading. As our continued research grows and develops with the latest technology you may experience our latest transition by shifting to our most recent video presentations featured on The Phillip Rauls YouTube Channel. Peace.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Story - 'Hey Jack Don't Hijack My Plane'

Even by conservative estimates the city of Memphis has produced literally thousands of rock bands and aspiring young recording artists. Fact is, several fine books and box sets have documented many interesting stories to support these musicians in their quest for fame. Yet, this story evolves around a series of events while focusing on the significance of a individual single recording released in 1969. Supported by the events to follow this song was well before it's time. Allow me to explain.

To bring us up to date let us acknowledge that we are now well into the 21st Century and seemingly the airways are still not completely safe as commercial aircraft continue to be hijacked worldwide. It's no secret today that Federal Air Marshall's continue to fly aboard some jet liners as a deterrent to prevent in-flight hijacking which generally results in unpredictable catastrophes. Yet, if we look back into the history of commercial aircraft we will notice this phenomenon has been around for decades. Which bring us to the actual theme of this story and the significance of this single recording.

As the story begins, it was sometime back in the mid-1960's when my good friend and associate known as 'The Razz' got permission to borrow his mother's car to attend a teen dance. That was a pretty big deal back then as we were not of age to purchase our own vehicles and relied upon family members for transportation. Razz had organized this trip with another friend named Jimmy Hart. The three of us were planning to attend a youth function held at The Parkway Village Community Center located in a neighboring East Memphis suburb. While in route Razz described the band playing at the center as being, 'a very together' band. That was an endearing term at the time and popular saying meaning the band was groovy or cool. Anyway, the name of the band performing that evening was The Village Sound. Their name was coined from their residential suburb known as Parkway Village. So, our curiosity was keen as Jimmy Hart and Razz, who were also musicians, were eager to scout this band while seeking any tips that might benefit their band, The Gentrys. Yet, our journey to see the band was as mere observers or maybe even a secret spy mission to see what the fuss was all about. While walking up the steps to the community center The Village Sound were performing one of our favorite songs. It was a popular tune originally done by The Zombies and definitely not a easy song to duplicate. By that I mean their harmonies were extremely well balanced while singing right on pitch as the rhythm section was very complimentary and unusually tight for such young musicians. The Village Sound were a six piece band as all members wore different outfits and dressed to kill. "Awesome outfits!" was the first thing to come out of my mouth as I stood there in amazement. At the time, I was the road manager for The Gentrys yet despite my background of being only a music novice I sensed something very good happening here. As we continued standing on the side of the stage and soaking it all in, I couldn't help but focus my attention to the lead vocalist of the band, Pat Taylor. Naturally being the front man in the band he stood-out while having the talent and good looks of a superstar. Despite a band of six members it appeared all were extremely professional with no apparent flaws. It didn't take long for us to convert our interest from a mere observers to being completely in awe.

The Village Sound - (L-R) Greg Redding, Pat Taylor, Steve Spear, Danny Thompson, Taft Laster, Richie Simpson.

As the next few months passed The Village Sound would continue to grow and develop with new band personnel. Their gigs were coming-in steady while being booked by another standout in the band, keyboardist Greg Redding's mother, Dot Redding. After a series of local recordings which produced several mediocre singles, a new manager named Seymour Rosenberg entered into the operative and changed the band's dynamics. Rosenberg, who was also an attorney, had influential contacts and took the band to the next level when he arraigned to have the next recording session produced by noted local producer, Steve Cropper. Naturally with Cropper's affiliation with STAX Records and Rosenberg's circle of influence, STAX owner Jim Stewart became interested as he aspired to develop a new pop music label with the abundance of available talent in Memphis. At that time a new record label called HIP Records was created as to capture the band's momentum while establishing a new artistic direction for additional revenue streams. That was completion of the final piece of the puzzle as STAX was set to distribute the single with HIP being an affiliated label. About that very same time and unaware of those behind-the-scene advancements, I came onboard at STAX Records as their local promotion manager. Plus, simultaneously, the city had become a major music hub appearing on the national scene with the local media supporting these regional entries. The recordings for The Village Sound began promptly at Ardent Recording Studio and from that memorable session came a catchy song written about a troublesome phenomenon taking place during that era, the high jacking of commercial aircraft. The song's unique title was, "Hey Jack" (Don't Hijack My Plane) and just happen to be co-written by local DJ favorite, Jon Scott. And guess what? Magically, somehow the song began getting immediate airplay from radio WMC-FM 100. Hmm...imagine that. This critical airplay came from a station growing in rapid popularity and held record-buying influence with Mid-South listeners. Suddenly phones began to ring as the band's bookings increased while the support of local radio personalities shinned. Not to mention the song's record producer, Steve Cropper also came out looking pretty darn good. Plus, it brought attention to soul label STAX Records which was also branching out into the pop music market. Amazingly all those contributing forces just happened to come together simultaneously as having the right people involved might have had something to these developments.


The Village Sound at Ardent Recording Studio - Back: Danny Thompson, Steve Spear, Greg Redding. Front: Manager Seymour  Rosenberg, STAX producer Steve Cropper.


Key participants also included WMC-FM 100 Disk Jockey Jon Scott and STAX Records local promotion manager Phillip Rauls.

The Village Sound's regional success peaked sometimes later as the band disbanded in 1970 when popular music evolved into different genres. Or, was the band's break-up because of STAX's inability to globally market their pop music roster during a time of distribution chaos? Whatever the case, the band's experience of recording and playing with major headliners during that cycle propelled several members to further their careers to even greater successes. In addition, the producer of the song plus several media participants would also go on to achieve business distinction. In looking back, it appears that all parties involved in this project landed on their feet with respected careers. "Hey Jack Don't Hijack My Plane" by The Village Sound was a very timely record and helped usher-in a magical era for Memphis Music.

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