Anthony DeCurtis Talks Lou Reed With Joe Vig

Anthony DeCurtis Talks Lou Reed With Joe Vig

Friday Night on Non Visual Radio From 8-9 p.m.

By Ed Wrobleski

This week Joe Viglione talks with author Anthony DeCurtis on his current biography on Lou Reed which was published in 2017 please be sure to tune in to Non Visual Radio this friday night from 8-9 p.m. on www.activatemedia.org to hear this in-depth 55 minute interview.

Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared for more than thirty years. He holds a Ph.D in American literature from Indiana University and is a Distinguished Lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. He collaborated with Clive Davis on Davis’s autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life, which was published by Simon and Schuster in February 2013 and rose to number two on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list. He appears in “Soundtrack of Our Lives,” a documentary based on the book that will open the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. His biography of Lou Reed, titled Lou Reed: A Life, was published by Little, Brown on October 10, 2017.

DeCurtis’s essay accompanying the 1988 Eric Clapton box set Crossroads won a Grammy in the “Best Album Notes” category, and on three occasions he has won ASCAP’s Deems Taylor awards for excellence in writing about music. He has appeared as a commentator on MTV, VH1, the Today Show, and many other news and entertainment programs. In 1996 he served as the moderator on the VH1 show Four on the Floor and as editorial director for the channel’s nonfiction programming. He has served as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee for more than twenty years.

From 2006 through June 2008 he directed and helped design the arts-and-culture curriculum at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He was an editorial consultant and the primary interviewer for “Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound,” a documentary for PBS American Masters. DeCurtis appeared in the 2011 documentary Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals which was featured on BBC and described as “The untold story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica”. In 2015, DeCurtis joined the judging panel of the 14th annual Independent Music Awards to assist independent musicians’ careers. He was also a judge for the 7th, 8th, 9th,[7] 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Independent Music Awards.

A List of Some of Anthony’s Published works:

In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work Milwaukee, WI : Leonard, 2005.
Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters , Durham : Duke University Press, 1998.
Lou Reed : a life New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

Tune in friday night on www.activatemedia.org from 8-9 p.m.

Source: Anthony DeCurtis Talks Lou Reed With Joe Vig | Massapequa, NY Patch

Greg Kihn Is Talking Hendrix With Ed Wrobleski

Greg Kihn Is Talking Hendrix With Ed Wrobleski

Friday Night from 7-8 p.m. On activatemedia.org

By Ed Wrobleski

This week we’ve gone back to our archives again to air this great interview with Greg Kinh of the Greg Kihn Band, in this interview you’ll get to hear him give his thoughts on the sixties rock music period including thoughts on Hendrix, The Beatles and much more.

Greg Kihn’s early influence was The Beatles and their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. “Just about every rock and roll musician my age can point to one cultural event that inspired him to take up music in the first place: The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. If you were a shy 14-year-old kid who already had a guitar, it was a life-altering event. … In a single weekend everything had changed. I’d come home from school the previous Friday looking like Dion. I went back to class on Monday morning with my hair dry and brushed forward. That’s how quickly it happened.” Kihn began his career in his hometown of Baltimore, working in the singer/songwriter mold but switched to straightforward rock & roll when he moved to San Francisco, in 1972. He started writing songs and playing coffee houses while still in high school in the Baltimore area. When Kihn was 17, his mother submitted a tape of one of his original songs to the talent contest of the big local Top 40 radio station WCAO, in which he took first prize and won three things that would change his life: a typewriter, a stack of records, and a Vox electric guitar.

He moved to California in 1972 and worked painting houses, singing in the streets, and working behind the counter at the Berkeley record store, Rather Ripped Records, with future bandmate and Earth Quake guitarist Gary Phillips. The following year, he became one of the first artists signed to Matthew King Kaufman’s now-legendary Beserkley Records. Along with Jonathan Richman, Earth Quake, and The Rubinoos, Kihn helped to carve the label’s sound—melodic pop with a strong 1960s pop sensibility—an alternative to the prog rock of the time.

In 1976, after his debut on the compilation Beserkley Chartbusters, he recorded his first album with his own ensemble, called The Greg Kihn Band, comprising Robbie Dunbar (guitar), Steve Wright (bass), and Larry Lynch (drums). Dunbar, already a member of Earth Quake, was replaced by Dave Carpender in time to record their second album, Greg Kihn Again. Meanwhile, Kihn’s old record store pal, Gary Phillips, who had contributed guitars to Kihn’s first album, returned as a session musician on the band’s Glass House Rock (1980) album and officially joined the band as keyboardist for the follow-up album, Rockihnroll (1981). The lineup of Kihn, Wright, Lynch, Phillips, and Carpender lasted until 1983, when Greg Douglass replaced Dave Carpender.

Through the 1970s, Kihn released an album each year and built a strong cult following through constant touring, becoming Beserkley’s biggest seller. In 1981, Kihn earned his first bona-fide hit on The Billboard Hot 100 with the # 15 single, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em),” from the Rockihnroll album. Kihn continued in a more commercial vein through the 1980s with a series of pun-titled albums: Kihntinued (1982), Kihnspiracy (1983), Kihntageous (1984), and Citizen Kihn (1985).

Kihn scored his biggest hit with “Jeopardy” (1983), which reached # 2 Pop, from the Kihnspiracy album. In 1983, the groundbreaking “Jeopardy” video became an MTV favorite. Many of the videos that followed were sequels with connecting story lines. One of the earliest examples of a “concept” video with its Night of the Living Dead theme, “Jeopardy” received heavy airplay on the fledgling cable music channel and spawned countless imitators. “Jeopardy” was spoofed by “Weird Al” Yankovic as “I Lost on Jeopardy”, on Yankovic’s album “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D (1984); Kihn authorized Yankovic to make the spoof under the condition he could participate; which was seen at the end of Yankovic’s music video where Yankovic is tossed into a convertible, revealing Kihn to be the driver.

Kihn spent most of the 1980s touring constantly, opening arena-sized shows for groups such as Journey, the Grateful Dead, and the Rolling Stones. Kihn often appeared on TV during this period on shows such as Solid Gold, American Bandstand, and Saturday Night Live. O
n May 10, 1981, Kihn and Willie Nile appeared live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour from the Savoy Theater, New York City.

In 1985, Kihn broke with Beserkley Records and signed with EMI. Matthew Kaufman continued to produce Kihn’s albums. “Lucky” (1985) reached a modest # 30 on the Hot 100 and spawned a splashy video sequel to the popular “Jeopardy” video.

In 1986, Joe Satriani replaced Greg Douglass on lead guitar, Tyler Eng replaced Larry Lynch on drums, and Pat Mosca replaced Gary Phillips on keyboards. This is the lineup that went into the studio to record the album Love and Rock & Roll (1986).

From 1996 through 2012, Kihn was a morning radio disc jockey for San Francisco Bay Area classic rock radio station KUFX.[2] Kihn’s literary career also began in 1996 with the release of his first novel, Horror Show, published by Tor/Forge Books. Horror Show was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. It was followed by Shade of Pale (1997), Big Rock Beat (1998), and Mojo Hand (1999). Kihn also published many short stories during this period, some appearing in the Hot Blood series of erotic horror fiction. Kihn was contributing editor to Carved in Rock, a compilation of short fiction by musicians including Pete Townshend, Joan Jett, Ray Davies, and Kinky Friedman.

The Greg Kihn Band continues to play with a lineup comprising Kihn’s son Ry Kihn on lead guitar, Dave Danza (from Eddie Money) on drums, Dave Medd (from the Tubes) on keyboards, and Robert Berry (from Hush) on bass.

Kihn was inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall of Fame in 2007.

In September 2013, Kihn conducted an interview with Music Life Radio detailing his life, including music, radio, and writing careers.

Kihn has done charity work for “Operation Care and Comfort”, a military support group responsible for sending care packages to hundreds of military units deployed in harm’s way around the world. He was nominated for the 2010 “Man of the Year Award” by the Lymphoma Society and does work for Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California, in the never ending fight against cancer.

Kihn is managed by original Beserkley partner Joel Turtle; the two men have remained best friends and business partners since the early 1970s.

Kihn has written four horror fiction novels, beginning with Horror Show (1996), which nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, followed by Shade of Pale (1997).[4] Big Rock Beat and Mojo Hand were subsequently released as sequels to Horror Show.

Kihn also released Carved in Rock: Short Stories by Musicians, a collection of short stories written by himself and other well known rock musicians including Pete Townshend, Graham Parker, Joan Jett, and Ray Davies.

In 2013, Kihn released Rubber Soul, a murder mystery novel featuring the Beatles.

Greg Kihn’s Discography:

1976 Greg Kihn
1977 Greg Kihn Again
1978 Next of Kihn
1979 With the Naked Eye (as Greg Kihn Band)
1980 Glass House Rock (as Greg Kihn Band)
1981 RocKihnRoll (as Greg Kihn Band)
1982 Kihntinued (as Greg Kihn Band)
1983 Kihnspiracy (as Greg Kihn Band)
1984 Kihntagious (as Greg Kihn Band)
1985 Citizen Kihn
1986 Love And Rock And Roll
1989 KihnSolidation: The Best of Greg Kihn
1992 Kihn of Hearts
1994 Mutiny
1996 Horror Show
2012 Kihn Family Christmas
2017 Rekihndled

reg Kihn Official Website:

http://gregkihn.com

Greg’s Twitter Page:

https://twitter.com/gregkihn

Greg’s Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/gregkihn

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Source: Greg Kihn Is Talking Hendrix With Ed Wrobleski | Massapequa, NY Patch

The 2019 Rock & Roll Rumble Set for Second Weekend of Preliminaries at Once in Somerville, Massachusetts.

The 2019 Rock & Roll Rumble Set for Second Weekend of Preliminaries at Once in Somerville, Massachusetts.

24 bands • 9 nights • 1 crown. The World Series of #BostonRock | Thurs, April 4-Friday, April 26, 2019

Every spring in Boston there is a time-honored tradition called the Rock & Roll Rumble. It began in 1979 and was originally the WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble. Bands who’ve participated include Til Tuesday, Scissorfight, Blake Babies, Dresden Dolls, Roadsaw, The Lemonheads, Morphine, Letters To Cleo, The Bags, Tribe, Gang Green, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, The Gravel Pit, Piebald, Cave In, The Sheila Divine, and more.

Begun in 1979, as a Greater Boston “battle of the bands” competition sponsored by WZLX and its local music show Boston Emissions. It remains the longest running event of its kind in the US.

Its predecessors were the Bicentennial Tournament of the Bands held in 1976 at The Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and co-sponsored by WBCN and Inn Square Men’s Bar, as well as 1978’s First Annual Spring Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival co-sponsored by WBCN and the Boston Phoenix.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble was held in Boston at the Rathskeller in Kenmore Square for its first two years and was often referred to as “the Rumble at the Rat”. Steve Morse of the Boston Globe called the 1979 debut competition “nine nights of exhilarating grass-roots rock.” Since then, the competition’s venue has changed several times but remains a popular showcase for New England bands to gain visibility.

In November 2017, WZLX was sold to iHeartMedia, and the transition and reorganization forced a postponement of the 2018 Rumble. The Rumble is set to return in April 2019.

The Rumble is hosted and produced by Boston DJ Anngelle Wood, host of Boston Emissions.  – Wikipedia 

In 2018 when WZLX was purchased by Iheart Radio the Rumble was postponed. Anngelle Wood has stepped up to produce and make the Rumble possible in 2019. She has been a longtime radio personality and event promoter in greater Boston for many years.

This year the Rumble will take place at Once in Somerville. Once is located at 156 Highland Ave in Somerville, Massachusetts. The preliminary rounds will take place April 4th through 6th and April 11th through 13th. The semifinals will take place April 19th and 20th and the finals will be on April 26th. Tickets for Rumble events are available online.

The 2019 Rumble is sponsored by Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers.

This Years bands: OfficeR, PowerSlut, FiDEL, This Bliss , The I Want You, Corner Soul, Brix’N Mortar, The Daylilies , Art Thieves, blindspot, Justine & the Unclean, Exit 18 ,  Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys, Motel Black, Test Meat, Radio Compass , Skytigers, As The Sparrow, Phenomenal Sun, Love Love , Birnam Wood, Set Fire, Jakals, Baabes.

 

We Are Ready. 2019 Rock & Roll Rumble begins Thurs 4/4. 24 bands over 9 nights. The Rock of Boston.

Posted by Rock & Roll Rumble on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

On its 40th year, the Rock & Roll Rumble represents a large chunk of Bostons music history and many memories both present and past. Today the Rumble is a symbol of the vibrant music scene in Boston. The Rumble IS NOT a PAY TO PLAY showcase or competition.

If you’d like to learn more about the Rock & Roll Rumble please visit their website rockandrollrumble.com. 

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