The Bloody Nerve. The band that rose from the ashes

The Bloody Nerve. The band that rose from the ashes

Updated August 31 2021. 'Roads' by The Bloody Nerve: Classic Rock magazine's Track of the Week. It's strange how some American artists make it big in Britain first. Jimi Hendrix, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, the Walker Brothers and the band America spring to mind....

Rediscovering U.S. guitar great, Randy Resnick.

Rediscovering U.S. guitar great, Randy Resnick.

Hands up those who think the Dutch-born American rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen invented two-handed guitar tapping? It’s not true, of course, with Eddie always saying he was originally inspired by Jimmy Page’s ‘Heartbreaker’ solo, on Led Zeppelin’s self-titled 1969...

I couldn’t wish for finer company …

I couldn’t wish for finer company …

The 'America's Gift' book review in top UK music magazine 'Blues In Britain' is found between books on Steve Marriott and Mike Bloomfield. The 'America's Gift' review, on page 39, is between 'All Or Nothing: The Authorised Story of Steve Marriott' by Simon Spence and...

Breaking down hard rock.

Breaking down hard rock.

Like the Kingsmen, Kinks, Cream, Jeff Beck Group, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath? This video's for you. Now writing a history of rock and roll, I've just reached that period in the mid-1960s where blues-rock became hard-rock, which in turn became heavy metal. I...

Blues is just a bad guy feeling good.

Blues is just a bad guy feeling good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYbjIMw9LDw Over 50 years ago (gulp), I worked on a newspaper alongside the guy playing the blues in the pale blue link above. We were teenagers at the time, both deeply into old-school American blues, as well as the new-style British...

Rocking five continents.

Rocking five continents.

Rock 'n' Roll Myths six and seven. “It’s very hard to tell what made me first decide to play the guitar. ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley came out when I was ten, and that probably had something to do with it.” David Gilmour, Pink Floyd. In 1955, Bill...

Rock ‘n’ roll myths debunked.

Rock ‘n’ roll myths debunked.

Let's start with July 9th 1955. Rock 'n' roll's Ground Zero.  “The first time I really ever felt a tingle up my spine was when I saw Bill Haley and the Comets on the telly. ” Paul McCartney. Things are rarely as they first seem in the history of rock...

Book Pink Floyd – £250 ($334) a pop.

Book Pink Floyd – £250 ($334) a pop.

How would you like to hire Pink Floyd for just £250 (US$334.47) a night? Back in 1969, in the UK, such a thing was possible. As you can see from this vintage price-list, Joe Cocker, the Moody Blues and Jethro Tull cost you £350 ($468) nightly; and Ten Years After,...

AC/DC’s unsung older Young brothers.

AC/DC’s unsung older Young brothers.

I’ve always had a soft spot for hard rock band AC/DC since seeing one of their early gigs in Melbourne, Australia, in 1974. An unknown AC/DC were supporting a well-known Lou Reed, who we’d paid handsomely to see, but found uninspired and disappointing. AC/DC weren’t...

My tribute to Jeff Beck.

My tribute to Jeff Beck.

The blues guitarists' guitarist. If you read my last post about the Thames Delta guitar heroes, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, you’ll know which one of the three isn’t a mainstream mega-star. Of course, it’s Jeff Beck. While Jeff hasn’t sold quite...

CRUISIN’ FOR A BLUESIN’

CRUISIN’ FOR A BLUESIN’

Blues and rock on the high seas (written before coronavirus ruined cruising for everyone) You know you’re getting on a bit when you start writing about ocean cruises. Not that I’m expecting to hit the high seas any time soon. Unfortunately, my wife has the twin fears...