Is Spotify flapping about like this in America? The music streaming service, Spotify, has botched its chance to dominate market share in the USA, says the US Business Editor of Britain’s influential Daily Telegraph, Katherine Rushton, from New York. When Spotify’s reclusive Swedish founder, Daniel Ek, launched his product in 2006, she says, “(Music) industry… Continue reading Why Spotify flounders like a limp puppet in America
Updated 24 May 2016. Before The Beatles’ first UK hit, back in 1962, an 18-year-old English rhythm & blues guitarist joined one of the most dynamic – but, mostly, now forgotten – of all English blues-rock bands. They were the Pirates, the band of the great, late Johnny Kidd. (see previous post). Not just a giant of a man, but a giant of the… Continue reading Mick Green: the greatest rock & roll guitarist you’ve never heard of
Updated April 27, 2020. Johnny Kidd & the Pirates: England’s first true rock & roll band. When I was about ten, before the Beatles and Stones gate-crashed Britain’s mainly middle-of-the-road hit parade, I remember lamenting the lack of authentic rock & rollers we had in England. Where America had the pre-army Elvis Presley, we had the pre-Broadway Tommy… Continue reading Rock ‘n’ Roll with a cutlass in its teeth.
OKLAHOMA CITY: HOME OF THE WORLD’S FIRST PUBLISHED BLUES Hart Wand circa 1910 “Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty”, wrote Bobby Troup in 1946, while composing “Get Your Kicks (On Route 66)”. While a hit record for Nat King Cole that same year, “Route 66”, (as the song’s title later became known), is more familiar… Continue reading Great blues cities No. 8: Oklahoma City
UPDATE 2 October 2014. AC/DC’s management today confirmed Malcolm Young has dementia and has left the band. This post’s headline, therefore, changes from “Will Malcolm Young’s doppelganger replace him in AC/DC?” to the affirmative. AC/DC also confirmed that Malcolm’s nephew, Stevie Young, replaced his uncle on the band’s latest album, “Rock or Bust”, due out… Continue reading Official. Malcolm Young’s doppelganger replaces him in AC/DC