Jon Landau – “Rock ’68” (1969)

June 5, 2016 at 4:17 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

A piece Jon Landau wrote for Rolling Stone in the Jan. 4th, 1969 issue…

A Recap of the Year in Music, from Best to Worst

1968 was a year of flux in the pop music scene. Soul music failed to extend its influence on the music as a whole, country music contributed some new ideas, but did not achieve acceptance as a form in itself, and English blues bands were again very popular. As the year closed, no one style dominated the scene.

1967 ended with the death of Otis Redding. In 1968, some of his finest records were released. “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” was probably the best selling soul record of the year, and, in my view, the best artistically as well. The album of the same name was a top seller and included some of Redding’s most brilliant performances, such “Don’t Mess with Cupid” and “Open the Door.” All through the year Atco continued to release new tapes. Of special interest were The Immortal Otis Redding and In Person at the Whiskey a-Go Go. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dave Swarbrick (1941-2016)

June 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm (Life & Politics, Music)

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