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Who would ever imagine recordings by Billie Holiday, the Clash, the Sons of the Pioneers, Aretha Franklin, Charles Mingus and the White Stripes all on the same album? If the mixture of jazz, punk, country-western, soul and rock sounds radical in an era of rigid musical segregation on commercial radio, it's only fitting that we have a genuine musical revolutionary to thank for the new package: Bob Dylan. In his role as DJ on satellite radio broadcaster XM for nearly two years, Dylan has been playing a mixture of these sounds. The problem is you can't hear the show unless you subscribe to XM. Ace Records, the imaginative reissue label in England, has come up with the next best thing

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels

Read "Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels" reviewed by Doug Collette

Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels Terry Gans 256 pages ISBN: # ISBN-13 : 978-1912733392 Red Planet Books 2020 Terry Gans' Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan's Voyage to Infidels is an in-depth examination of Bob Dylan's Infidels (Columbia, 1983) album, the title of ...

Rough And Rowdy Ways

Label: Columbia Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Contain Multitudes; False Prophet; My Own Version of You; I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You; Black Rider; Goodbye Jimmy Reed; Mother of Muses; Crossing the Rubicon; Key West; Murder Most Foul.

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Fall 2020

Read "Fall 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Heathcote Hill “the stories we are told" 311 Music 2020 Roots-music artists too often sacrifice ...

ARTICLE: HARDLY STRICTLY JAZZ

2020 and Me

Read "2020 and Me" reviewed by Skip Heller

As I type this, it is December 8, 2020, the fortieth anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I was then a newly-minted barband guitarist, fifteen years old and thinking how the world —via the election of Ronald Reagan —and music had just suffered the worst season that could ever be. 2020 has been an ongoing ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

What, and Give Up Showbiz?

Read "What, and Give Up Showbiz?" reviewed by Doug Hall

What, and Give Up Showbiz: Six Decades in the Music Business Fred Taylor (with Richard Vacca) 276 Pages 978-1493051847 Backbeat Books 2020 In his upcoming biography (December, 2020), What, and Give Up Showbiz?: Six Decades in the Music Business, jny: Boston's late legendary and iconic music impresario Fred ...

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Chris Hillman: Time Between: My Life As A Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond

Read "Chris Hillman: Time Between: My Life As A Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond" reviewed by Doug Collette

Time Between: My Life As A Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond Chris Hillman 315 Pages ISBN: # 978-1947026353 BMG Books 2020) Chris Hillman has undoubtedly led one of the most extraordinary careers of any musician in contemporary rock. In fact, if the Grammys or The Rock and Roll ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazzkaar 2020

Read "Jazzkaar 2020" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia October 9-13, 2020 In this year of cancellations and postponements, the Jazzkaar festival opted to jump from April to October, successfully presenting a shorter version that nevertheless managed to include between four and six sets on most of its days. Giant-size American artists were unavoidably absent, but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ian Hendrickson-Smith: The Lowdown

Read "The Lowdown" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Those who thought that the re-emergence of vinyl records might be a passing fad as a saleable medium in this era of CDs, streaming and MP3 downloads, are proving to be wrong. The latest sales figures produced by RIAA for the first half of this year show vinyl sales at $232 million compared to CD sales ...

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Meet Doug Collette

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Doug Collette's pedigree for crafting honest and carefully-considered music analysis lies in a nearly fifty year devotion to contemporary rock and roll, jazz and the blues. During this time, his zeal for writing has grown to (almost) equal his devotion to the musical experiences he has documented from his astute observations of records, videos, books and ...


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