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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:07

2016’s best music – A Top 10

From Bowie and Prince to Merle and Maurice, music fans experienced a staggering number of painful losses in 2016. Surprisingly, the album - and music in general - seems to be more alive than ever. 

Published in Music
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:40

Everything old is new again!

Upcoming music box sets, reissues, remasters and vault releases

Record companies and artist estates continue to trawl the vaults in an effort to offer music lovers more of what they yearn for from archival releases.

Published in Cover Story
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.

Published in Music
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 22:29

New Bowie bio heavy on the juicy bits'

British author Wendy Leigh's new David Bowie biography certainly appears to offer a deluge of sordid drug and sex-fueled debauchery, but I'm not sure how much actual rock and roll there is to be found between the covers.

I have not read 'Bowie: The Biography' (Simon & Schuster) and admitted that fact to Leigh at the outset of my interview with her, scheduled two days earlier. After reading excerpts of the book via several online U.K. tabloids along with a few garish abridgements published elsewhere, I surmised that it was more of a 'gossipy tell-all' than an all-embracing chronicle. Leigh says that isn't a fair summary.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:10

Inside Record Store Day

50,000,000 music fans can't be wrong  

It's one of the biggest parties in all of music, and this year's celebration promises to be the most impressive to date. On Saturday, April 20, music lovers around the world will come together for Record Store Day, an event that has grown beyond even its creator's wildest imagination.   

In 2007, Chris Brown, head of marketing for nine Bull Moose stores in Maine and two in New Hampshire, came up with the idea of setting aside a special day to celebrate independently owned record stores and the customers who love to inhabit them. Five hundred stores around the country liked the idea enough to join for the event's inaugural in 2008, and within four years the party had blown wide open with more than 1,500 stores in 21 countries on five continents taking part. 

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:42

'Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust'

Ken Scott on recording The Beatles, Bowie, Elton and more

On the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first recording at EMI Studios and the 40th anniversary of Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust,' engineer and producer Ken Scott shares all in new book.

More than 48 years on from the job interview that forever altered his course, legendary recording producer and engineer Ken Scott recalls his nervousness as he climbed the steps outside EMI Studios to meet with the assistant studio manager. 'I had never had a job before, so I was panic-stricken going for this interview,' he remembers.

Only five days previous, after a particularly grueling Friday at school, Scott sat down and penned approximately 10 letters addressed to various London-based record labels, television and radio studios in hopes of landing a position as a recording engineer. Exactly one week later, he received some news that stopped him in his tracks. 'I was offered a job and left school that day,' Scott told me. 'I started at EMI the next Monday. There were nine days between school and starting work at the greatest recording studio in the world.' Ken Scott was 16 years old.

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