Ronald Álvarez Domínguez

For something light-hearted in these trying times… Or perhaps not so light-hearted if an alien invasion is just around the corner, which, if you asked some of the following musicians, might just be the case.

Before that though, a disclaimer: Musicians, alcohol and drugs are, for the most part, like bickering siblings — they don’t always get on, but again, for the most part, in the end, they’re there for each other hand in hand. So these ‘sightings’ should be taken with a punch of salt. …


‘Turn me on dead man. Turn me on dead man’…

Nothing quite says that you’re as mad as a bag of frogs with party hats on like hearing a coded message in a songs does. Like some strange, Truman Show-esque fantasy land, we know of course that the world of pop music has been an asylum for the unhinged. Good morning, Mr Manson and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight.

The tenuous world of backmasking is too no stranger to solipsistic fantasies, albeit somewhat collective. Zeppelin, ELO, Queen, the Beatles, right up to real…


Mark Hillary — The Clash in Mick’s Nan’s Flat — https://www.flickr.com/photos/markhillary/12344541103

Covering songs can be testy ground for musicians. Do you stay true to the original? Or do you make the song your own? Developing on a classic can put musicians in a world of hate from fans hell-bent on the original. But sometimes cover versions gather so much steam the original becomes lost save to a few hardcore fans that, “prefer the original… man”. We get it. Take your one-off limited edition LPs and your full-face back tattoo elsewhere.

For the most part, the original performer or writer went under the radar during their tenure, so when a celebrated musician…


Ray MacLean — robert-johnson — flickr — https://www.flickr.com/photos/raymaclean/3206430123

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”. No other statement could better encapsulate the life and legacy of Robert Johnson, the King of the Delta blues. As music’s answer to Faust, the fiction has outlived the fact. It has curled the toes of many, and lined the pockets of the few. His story has fed and feeds our superstitious tendencies. It makes for good print, but perhaps tarnishes the real, living and breathing man behind the legend.

Behind the narrative there is an incomparable musician. There is a man — a human being with real emotion and raw passion…


https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles#/media/File:Beatles_duomo.jpg

New York, 1964 at the Delmonico Hotel, the Beatles were taking a breather from the first of two shows at the Forest Hills Stadium. A mutual friend, Al Aronowitz, brokered a meeting of minds and out walked the raspy-voiced folk icon, Bob Dylan with enough joints to go around and back again. The meat of the matter: Dylan showed the Beatles marijuana, which ended the child-like innocence of the Beatles that even grandma and granddad could get behind. From the red-eyed depths, out came a new, unrecognisable, post-mindblown, Beatles, and the mop-topped, suited and booted, foursome were no more.

With…


Betshy Sanchez — Psychedelic Mood — Flickr — https://www.flickr.com/photos/131729275@N08/16695376541/

Whether you’re aware of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band or not, their story is one that offers a sobering insight into the inner machinations of ’60 rock and roll. It wasn’t all peace, love and partying.

Beset with the internal struggles, shrouded in myth and a little known prophet of the death of the 1960s, the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band presented a twist in the tale to the upbeat music of 1960s LA.

Centered on the gravitational pull of the polarising figure, Bob Markley, the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band barely scratched the surface of…


Iggy Pop. By © Neal Preston/CORBIS. Sarah W. — Flickr

The birthplace of punk rock is as contested as the proverbial chicken and egg. The UK, the US, Australia, amongst others, all have a deserved horse in the race, but the truth is a little less clear-cut.

What is generally termed “punk” refers to the artistic and musical movement of the mid to late 1970s that spilled through to the 1980s. As a movement in the 1970s, punk was heavily politicised. It was, though not confined to, a nihilist expression of a lack in prospects for the working-class youth, but it too extended beyond the realms of socioeconomic limitations to…


Michael Le Roi — Th3rd 3y3/ Flickr

Amongst so many others, bands like Tame Impala, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the Black Angels and Goat are all currently taking the esteemed mantle for psychedelic music. Therefore, it seems fitting to take a retrospective look at the bands that originally helped shape the genre back in the 1960s.

The 1960s ushered in a golden age of experimental music and paved the way for an unprecedented shift in the development of how bands wanted to sound. …

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