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Eric Clapton: Planes Trains and Eric

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Eric Clapton Planes Trainsand Eric Eagle Vision 2014 Planes Trains and Eric represents a great concept brought to fruition. To follow Eric Clapton on tour and glean insight into the experience(s) on and off the stage is illuminating by definition, especially insofar that this man, the archetypal guitar hero, has the advantage of long-term perspective both wide and deep on the phenomenon of touring in a band. And in a brief interview segment, the main ...

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Bob Marley: Uprising Live!

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Bob Marley Uprising Live! Eagle Vision 2014 Given Bob Marley's status as a cultural icon, it only makes sense that it's impossible not to engage in the truisms of 'what if' and/or 'if only' watching Uprising Live! By the time of his untimely death from cancer in May of 1981, the Jamaican musician had achieved almost as much politically as artistically in his relatively short career span. Marley was already ill and under ...

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The Doors: Feast of Friends

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The Doors Feast of Friends Eagle Vision 2014 As with the previously-released archive titles of the Doors, Feast of Friends elevates the standard for such vault projects to another level by including pertinent content from the time period in which the band's self-financed and produced film was made. current group manager Jeffrey Jampol and sound engineer Bruce Botnick, as well as essayist Len Sousa and the filmmaker himself Paul Ferrara, place the piece in the ...

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Soule Monde at Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont

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Soule Monde Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington, VT December 27, 2014 Since they began playing as a duo a few years ago as Soule Monde, drummer Russ Lawton and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski have refined the chemistry they discovered as perennials in the Trey Anastasio Band. Opening slots like the ones this late December weekend at Higher Ground will only serve to heighten their visibility while simultaneously deepening their musical camaraderie. Opening with numbers ...

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Neil Young: Special Deluxe A Memoir of Life & Cars

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Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars Neil Young 384 Pages ISBN: # 0399172084 Blue Rider Press 2014 It's hard to believe Special Deluxe is written by the same man who wrote Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider Press, 2012). Neil Young sounded so selectively obsessive on that glibly titled and not so well-edited autobiography, his focused and conversational writing here, from the very preface on, is the proverbial breath of ...

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Jeff Beck: Live in Tokyo

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Jeff Beck Live in Tokyo Eagle Vision 2014 Even though it's tempting to close the eyes and become awash in the sound Jeff Back's making with his band during Live in Tokyo, it's well-nigh impossible not to take the eyes off the guitarist for the duration of this DVD. And it's not because the eccentric guitarist hogs the spotlight--he defers to guitarist Nicholas Meier more than once-for the intro of Jim Hendrix' “Little Wing" as ...

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Soulive at Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont

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Soulive Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington, Vermont December 13, 2014 Strikingly reminiscent of the Lettuce show October 25 2014, Soulive's extended single set at Higher Ground this night took flight during a blazing solo by guitarist Eric Krasno. It wasn't the only such instance that occurred during the two-hours plus the trio occupied the stage--another cam shortly after when Krasno and keyboardist Neal Evans engaged in some extremely intense interplay--but it was evidence of how ...

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On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

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On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom Dennis McNally 384 Pages ISBN: # 1619024497 Counterpoint 2014 Don't be intimidated by the subtitle of Dennis McNally's book. On Highway 61 is the antithesis of the dry drone of academia. On the contrary, while this is not exactly a breezy read, the author maintains a firmly conversational tone and a healthy detachment from his subject(s), utilizing the delivery of a writer ...



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