In search of the first hard rock/heavy metal riff

It recently occurred to me, I haven’t heard the term “hard rock” for what seems like decades. These days, it’s all heavy metal this or metal that, not to mention metal’s myriad sub groups. Once it was simple. There was hard rock and not-so-hard rock, otherwise known as pop. Soft rock was yet to become a genre. The original… Continue reading In search of the first hard rock/heavy metal riff

Iggy Pop, his BBC radio show, The Four Seasons and Lust For Life

I can’t claim to know him but I certainly remember briefly catching the irrepressible Iggy Stooge (as Iggy and The Stooges circa 1972. Iggy’s bottom right. he was known then) record a track for The Stooges’ now cult album, “Raw Power”, at the CBS Studios in London in late 1972. Iggy had just relocated from… Continue reading Iggy Pop, his BBC radio show, The Four Seasons and Lust For Life

Did Sleepy John inspire Marc Bolan?

UPDATED: 4 March 2019. Did 1930s bluesman Sleepy John Estes influence Tyrannosaurus Rex? Before the electric guitar-boogie pop of Marc Bolan’s T-Rex – the group who started Britain’s early 1970s glam-rock era – some might remember we had the hip underground folk-rock of Bolan’s T-Rex’s forerunner: Tyrannosaurus Rex. Tyrannosaurus Rex was an early hippy-style band whose most interesting… Continue reading Did Sleepy John inspire Marc Bolan?

Hey, cats! When did blues first appear in the paper? ‘Cats’, too, come to that?

USA’s first illustrated black paper, The Indianapolis Freeman Any idea when the word “blues” first appeared in print as a description for African-American music? It wasn’t until as late as 1910, would you believe, according to the American academics, Lyn Abbott and Doug Seroff, who discovered the term in The Indianapolis Freeman of 10 April… Continue reading Hey, cats! When did blues first appear in the paper? ‘Cats’, too, come to that?