Index

Chapter 12


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I don't get Springsteen. All the Bruce Springsteen tracks I've ever heard have been the very model of corporate music.

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When you listen to all the classic Rock and Roll saxophone players, you listen to one and you say, "That's almost it", and you listen to another one and you say, "That's almost it". Then you listen to Sam Butera and that's it.

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Nokie Edwards was an egotistical schmuck who elbowed his way to the front of every photograph of The Ventures, even when he wasn't even in the band.

When he took over the lead guitar chair, the sound of the band changed from the wonderful chordy playing and the original delicious, definitive Fender sound to low-fi recordings of generic guitars. It was awful.

The real Ventures, the band that largely changed the rock-and-roll world, was the original Ventures with Bob Bogle playing lead. If you're a beginning guitar player, it would do you good to learn the original first three Ventures albums, along with whatever else you want to do.

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I can't believe that people consider The Rolling Stones to be the epitome of coolness. They jumped onto every money-making Top 40 train that went by, up to and including disco. Coolness this is not.

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Does anyone else remember the time that Rolling Stone Magazine devoted an entire issue to proclaiming a singer called Gilbert O'Sullivan to be The Future of Rock And Roll? I won't say that he must have given Jann Wenner the sex of a lifetime, but somebody did. Or the drugs of a lifetime.

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All Karen Carpenter has to do is sing the word "You", and it makes you want to cry.

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I never enjoyed Beach Boys records, except as wallpaper for the times. The studio-musician sound was the very definition of blandness. Although I have heard an early record or two of theirs when they were playing their own instruments, and I did like those much better.

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