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Fuzztone: Who Used It First?

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 06:31 AM Written by

In discussing the fuzztone sound for guitars and basses, a lot of claims are made by fans about how it all began. Everybody knows Keith Richards' used it on the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.  And of course Paul McCartney played "fuzz bass," using the same or similar tone-altering device as Keith, on tune "Think For Yourself" on Rubber Soul.   As noted so often on this blog, for various reasons, the truth is often not that simple.  I'll try to put it in a coherent order. 

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Roger Humphries & Horace Silver: Two Jazz Classics

Friday, 31 January 2014 12:41 PM Written by

Today, PG Movie Editor Barb Vancheri discussed the new documentary on the life of Pittsburgh Jazz Legend Roger Humphries, at 70, still active in the city of his birth.  This is the article.

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Seeger, Dylan and Newport 1965: Myth and Truth

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 06:12 AM Written by

One of the lasting myths regarding Pete Seeger involves his reaction to Bob Dylan's notorious "electric" appearance at the July, 1965 Newport Folk Festival. 

The Cliff Notes version is Dylan, whose latest album Bringing It All Back Home had upset many folk purists with its amplified accompaniment, performed at Newport on July 25 with amplified backing by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, who played the festival on their own. 

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A Well-Lived Life: Pete Seeger: 1919-2014

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 06:15 AM Written by

There will be ample of obituaries and elegiac biographies of Pete Seeger, who died yesterday at age 94. Happily he enjoyed considerable honors over the past decade, before and after his 90th birthday in 2009.  I'd rather let the music do the job. Here are some carefully selected clips with a bit of context.

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My Scorecard On The Grammys (Relevant Categories)

Monday, 27 January 2014 06:15 PM Written by

I must be slipping.  My choices for Grammy Awards usually don't pan out.  They didn't when I was a voting member of NARAS.  But funny thing. This time I nailed three of the five I called here.

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