Rock Music

Books: Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter, by Alyn Shipton (2013)

Books: Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter, by Alyn Shipton (2013)

Harry Nilsson is a legend to many musicians and connoisseurs of 1960s and ’70s rock music, but an enigma to the mainstream listening public.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Highway 29″ (1995)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Highway 29″ (1995)

It’s an affair that leads down a dark path, told from the point of view of the deceased. Or at least, that’s how I used to feel about “Highway 29.”

Bryan Ferry – Live in Lyon (2013)

Bryan Ferry – Live in Lyon (2013)

Bryan Ferry’s witty combining of art-rock musical constructions, post-modern lyrical detachment and Sinatra-esque couture can be subsumed at times by his unfocused career choices.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Things I Miss The Most” (2003)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Things I Miss The Most” (2003)

<<< BACKWARD (“The Last Mall”) ||| ONWARD (“Blues Beach”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Metaphors, sarcasm, downright snarkiness are but a few of the characteristics of a Steely Dan song. The song ”Things I Miss The Most” doesn’t have these telltale Steely Dan signs yet still ranks among their best because of what it does contain.

‘I actually never thought it would do that well': Genesis’ Mike Rutherford on the longevity of Mike and the Mechanics

‘I actually never thought it would do that well': Genesis’ Mike Rutherford on the longevity of Mike and the Mechanics

Mike Rutherford started Mike and the Mechanics at the height of Genesis’ pop-chart dominance and — in a weird happenstance — this side project has outlived his main band.

‘I lost it, because it’s very emotional': A Beach Boys cover song moves the Beatles’ Paul McCartney to tears

‘I lost it, because it’s very emotional': A Beach Boys cover song moves the Beatles’ Paul McCartney to tears

Even Paul McCartney has his fanboy moments. Joining together with Brian Wilson to sing the Beach Boys’ legendary “God Only Knows,” it turns out, was one of them.

The Grateful Dead – Sunshine Daydream (2013)

Listening to a live set by the Grateful Dead, there’s always that awkward moment where you start thinking: “This song again? Did I put it on repeat? — only to find out it’s in fact still the same song

‘They are flogging a dead horse': Pink Floyd questions return as Roger Waters ends tour of The Wall

‘They are flogging a dead horse': Pink Floyd questions return as Roger Waters ends tour of The Wall

As Roger Waters wraps up a solo tour of The Wall that’s been going since 2010, the question becomes: What next? A new album? Almost assuredly. A reunion with the surviving members of Pink Floyd? Well …

‘We wrote a very, very good song there': Steve Cropper has his own history with Memphis’ Lorraine Motel

‘We wrote a very, very good song there': Steve Cropper has his own history with Memphis’ Lorraine Motel

The Lorraine Motel, refurbished now as the National Civil Rights Museum, has become a cultural touchstone in the wake of Martin Luther King’s murder. But that Memphis landmark holds another place of historical significance.

‘He was so used to getting inspiration from negativity': On Ritchie Blackmore’s transformation after Deep Purple, Rainbow

‘He was so used to getting inspiration from negativity': On Ritchie Blackmore’s transformation after Deep Purple, Rainbow

Candice Night, having met Ritchie Blackmore after a final breakup with Deep Purple, recognized something immediately about the often-dour guitar virtuoso: “You can’t get more black than Blackmore, right?”