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Classic Rock Almanac May 25, 2015


2008-Paul McCartney receives an honorary doctorate of music during Yale University’s 307th commencement ceremony in New Haven, Connecticut.

2007-Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End opens in theaters, with Keith Richards as the father of Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow. 333 more words


Is that what it's really about? The Who's Pictures of Lily

This is an occasional series in which, inspired by their being played on Sounds of the Sixties, I pick apart the lyrics of a big Sixties hit record for the real meaning concealed behind the seemingly innocent lyrics. 582 more words

Soundtrack Of A Lifetime

Classic Rock Almanac May 20, 2015


Today’s Question: Today (May 20th) would have been the late Joe Cocker’s 71st birthday.

Cocker’s version of Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On” famously played behind Kim Basinger’s strip tease in the 1986 movie Nine-and-a-Half Weeks. 444 more words


Brief notes on LAMBERT & STAMP for the Picturehouse Blog

The documentary explores the relationship between Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, two young men who dreamed of making films together, and decided the best way to get into the business would be to find a new rock band and film their rise to fame. 293 more words


Whatever the hell it is the Who play, it isn’t rock. It’s not. The musical tapestry spanned in Pete Townshend’s song writing is far too broad and varied to pigeonhole it with a genre label. 607 more words


Pretend You're In A War: The Who & The Sixties (Aurum Press)

Pretend You’re In A War: The Who & The Sixties
Mark Blake
Aurum Press

When asked how one could prepare for the intensity of his band’s live show, … 679 more words

Book Reviews

Movie review: Lambert And Stamp is loud and electric

Lambert And Stamp      dir. James D. Cooper

This knockabout documentary promises to be a profile of maverick mis-matched music managers but is really a potted history of the rock band The Who. 341 more words

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