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The Beach Boys on CD: Symphonic Sounds Music of the Beach Boys

With the split between Mike Love and Alan Jardine in 1998, the Beach Boys effectively ended their existence as a creative band producing new music. “The Beach Boys” became a trademark, licensed by Mike Love’s company MELECO, and applied to … Continue reading

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Roy Wood: Boulders

I know, this week of all weeks, I should be writing about Bowie. But frankly, other people have managed that far better than I ever could, and so I thought I’d write about another glam rock genius, one who’s still … Continue reading

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today…

Different Class by Pulp was released twenty years ago today, on October 30, 1995. I first heard some of the music on it a few months earlier. Summer 1995 was in many respects the point at which I developed my … Continue reading

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The Monkees at Hammersmith

So along with being ill and trying (and largely failing) to finish up California Dreaming (though that will be done Real Soon Now — it really is just a matter of pulling stuff together, and it’s a matter of days, … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: To Claudia On Thursday

Curt Boettcher was feeling stifled by Gary Usher. Usher was still necessary to Boettcher’s musical plans, as his position at Columbia Records gave Boettcher the ability to do whatever he wanted musically, but even Boettcher’s closest friends described him as … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Laurel & Hardy

Jan Berry was back from Dead Man’s Curve. At least, he was part of the way back. Jan was, if not an actual psychopath (a diagnosis it would be improper to give without knowing him personally, but which is not … Continue reading

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The King

Had he lived, Elvis Presley would have been eighty years old today. Elvis’ artistic legacy is one that still hasn’t properly settled down. For the most part, to the extent that people under about the age of fifty are aware … Continue reading

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