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Years before scoring hits with The Alan Parsons Project ('Time,' 'Eye in the Sky,' 'Don't Answer Me'), Alan Parsons was a recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios in London, overseeing sessions for Pink Floyd ('Atom Heart Mother,' 'Dark Side of The Moon'), The Hollies ('The Air That I Breathe'), Pilot ('Magic'), Al Stewart ('Year of the Cat'), Ambrosia ('Holdin' Onto Yesterday'), Jeff Beck ('Beck-Ola') and dozens of others.

Lita Ford was only 16 when she became lead guitarist for The Runaways, the hugely influential 1970s female rock band fronted by Joan Jett.

Ford (like Jett) became a powerful female presence in a male-dominated industry, went solo with top 10 success in the 1980s and lived rock dreams that even she couldn't have imagined.

With two new albums, a Grammy Award, and the loss of two band-mates (on the same day), the past few weeks have been a little surreal for Marty Balin, founder of legendary San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane and vocalist for Jefferson Starship.

On Feb. 15, Balin and the members of Jefferson Airplane were feted by the Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at the 58th annual ceremony.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 08:41

Still Jammin' - The Wailers are comin' to town!

'One good thing about music - when it hits you feel no pain' Bob Marley, 'Trenchtown Rock' (1973)

'I feel that if you come to the show, you should leave inspired to become part of the solution.' Dwayne 'Danglin' Anglin current lead vocalist for The Wailers

Preserving and keeping alive the musical legacy of Bob Marley, The Wailers are set to fill the Collins Center for the Arts with their rhythm, grooves and message, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

From humble origins in Burlington, Vermont, in the late 1970s to its current status as one of the most popular global ice cream brands, Ben & Jerry's ice cream is an example of the American Dream at work.

Two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, take a correspondence course on ice cream-making, craft some creative flavor variations, open a small ice cream shop in a renovated garage, expand as success allows, designate a significant amount of profit to various causes and charities and eventually sell the company for hundreds of millions of dollars. As a condition of sale, both Ben & Jerry maintained positions on the board of directors while insisting that the new owners (Unilever) would continue funneling a percentage of profit to the Ben & Jerry's Foundation.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:50

Why Ringo rules

With the welcome news that Ringo Starr & His All Star Band are set to play Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on June 8, it's a good time to assess some of Starr's greatness. The Beatles would not have been the group we know today without him.

For starters, he completed the group. They truly became The Beatles when Ringo officially joined the band in August 1962, four years after John, Paul and George began playing together. When Ringo accepted the job, the chemical reaction synthesized by the coming together of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.

Ringo: 'Every time he (Pete Best, previous Beatles drummer) was sick, they would ask me to sit in.'

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:44

Farewell to The Man Who Fell To Earth

 

'Come on, it can't be real,' I thought to myself at 2:30 am on Monday. I saw the headline but it didn't make any sense. And then I found the official post on his Facebook page. The thoughts were coming all at once and none of them made sense. 'David Bowie died? That isn't possible. He just released a new album on his birthday. There must be a mistake.'

Way back when, I really thought there was a chance that Bowie came to Earth from another planet. Maybe he just went home.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:55

Impressions of Maine

Sure, we're kind of partial to it but I've always been curious to find out how non-Mainers you know, 'people from away' feel about our state.

Over the past few years, it's probably been the most frequently asked question of my interview subjects. Their responses have been universally positive, which doesn't surprise me. For starters, Maine is particularly awesome. Secondly, these people know that the interview will either appear on radio, in print, or both, and they're not about to throw us under the bus.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 19:16

2015 in music (my faves)

'What? No Adele?' I imagine an uber-fan of the wildly popular British vocalist and songwriter saying while scanning the list below for her latest, '25.' I pretty much love everything about Adele, but I honestly haven't heard the new album yet. 'He should be beaten in the kidney with a tree branch,' the uber-fan is now saying.

I have plenty of catching up to do, but that's one of the great things about music there is no expiration date. If it's good, I'll find it. Now that I've unloaded that caveat, I'm excited to share with you the 2015 titles that are still in heavy rotation at my house.

It's a great time to be Nils Lofgren. One year after issuing a 10-disc career-spanning retrospective ('Face The Music' copies of which are personally autographed), the multi-instrumentalist and member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band since 1984 has just released 'UK2015 Face The Music Tour,' featuring 15 carefully chosen live solo tracks recorded at various UK venues last winter.

To support the new disc, Lofgren scheduled a series of dates across the US for first part of 2016 that are now being rescheduled as a result of Springsteen's sudden decision to hit the road in support of 'The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,' a 4-CD/3 DVD (or 2 Blu-ray) set rounding up the music recorded by Bruce and the E Street Band for 1980's 'The River.' including a wealth of previously unreleased audio and video.

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