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In Search of Rock and Roll Thrills in Mexico: Part 1

After a hugely enjoyable (and rather longer than planned) excursion in Argentina, we are heading off to Mexico. 496 more words


The day the music died

All you old folkies will remember Don McLean song ‘American Pie’ about that terrible day in February 1959 known as the day the music died; but did it die then or were there other factors at play to kill rock and roll? 755 more words

Morning Song - La Bamba

As the story goes, Ritchie Valens’ grandmother was horrified by his electrified, rock-and-roll version of the lovely traditional Son Jarocho style wedding song, “La Bamba”.  (It probably wasn’t any comfort to her to know that Igor Stravinsky’s grandmother felt the same way about what… 66 more words


0383 La Bamba - Ritchie Valens (1958)

This Mexican folk song was first recorded in a rock and roll style by Ritchie Valens in 1958. It was originally the B-side to Donna… 68 more words


Surf's Up!

When Chris was “between jobs” we tried to take in some of the sights around the area that we had not really seen.  We ate in some new to us restaurants and tried to immerse ourselves in all things Iowa.   577 more words


Bands of Los Angeles [Part I]

Ok, I’m already cheating a bit, but Dexter was born and played in L.A. Though there are a few, don’t try to find too many “pure” L.A. 160 more words