Monthly Archives: April 2015

To Eliminate Values from Past Societies, Eliminate the Artists

[SKF NOTE: Thank you to Wall Street Journal Music and Pop Critic Jim Fusilli for bringing this story, this documentary, to my attention. A chilling piece of music history.] What the Khmer Rouge Did to Rock The new documentary “Don’t … Continue reading

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Kreutzmann: Deep Sorrow, Compassion Over Garcia’s Heroin Addiction

Bill Kreutzmann, drummer of the Grateful Dead. By ALAN PAUL — April 28, 2015 11:47 a.m. ET Q. You write that when Jerry’s opiate problem became obvious, you all wanted to play with him so much that you turned a blind … Continue reading

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Jack Casady: Work is a Means to Independence, Freedom

In Praise of the Teen Summer Job From hauling bricks to delivering newspapers, traditional summer work taught generations of teens about life, labor and their place in the universe By DAVE SHIFLETT — April 24, 2015 11:40 a.m. ET …Jefferson Airplane … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen: ‘If We Wanted It Tomorrow, We’d Have Rehearsal Tomorrow’

[SKF NOTE: From the transcript of my interview with John Von Ohlen, published in the March 1985 Modern Drummer. This interview was done by phone. I was in my MD office. John was home in Indiana. My introduction to John’s … Continue reading

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She Said, My Topic is Dizzy Gillespie

This morning I am remembering accepting Dixmont’s First Selectman’s invitation to serve as one of three judges of a public speaking contest for grade school kids. Not that I felt qualified to do so! The second speaker, as I recall, … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Life in Music: The Rise of Writing Influences

SKF NOTE: I’ve written about some of my key musical influences. But what about my writing influences? When did that start? I am surprised I cannot pinpoint a specific moment when I fell in love with writing. My parents were … Continue reading

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Rhythm: Who Could Ask for Anything More?

[SKF NOTE: All that’s missing is the hamster wheel.] http://www.ultimate-guitar.com Today in Crazy Instruments: Meet Yamaha’s 360-Degree Spherical Drum Kit 04/18/2015 [W]e…present you Raijin, Yamaha’s 360-degree spherical drum set. [T]he kit allows musicians to take on a different approach to … Continue reading

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