Casey, here, and I just want to tell readers that I’ll have some interesting things posted soon, including a preview/interview with …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, an opinion piece on U.K. blue-eyed soul and the usual reviews, but the fires in Sylmar and Granada Hills (the Sayre fire) projected smoke… Read More Now, now just hang on a sec there…!
by Casey Dolan Yesterday, the original drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mitch Mitchell, was found dead in his Portland, Oregon hotel room. He had been relaxing after a tour promoting the music of Jimi Hendrix. Early reports are that he looked healthy on the tour. The County Medical Examiner said he died of natural… Read More Mourning Mitch Mitchell
By Don Heckman The last Los Angeles performance by Miriam Makeba – “Mama Africa,” “The Empress of African Song” as she was affectionately labeled by her fans around the world – was in 2005. It was preceded by a comment that she made months earlier, in which she said, “I am 73 now; it (touring)… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: Miriam Makeba
by Casey Dolan [I name a lot of names in the following. I’ll forego the hyperlinks; you can find them easily by Google or another search engine. I want to be clear, however, that although I am critical of some of the decisions and policies of my former colleagues, I bear no one any bad will and… Read More State of Mind: The Los Angeles Times and Me, Pt. 3
By Don Heckman Anyone who was in Chicago’s Grant Park in August 1968, as I was, had to watch Barack Obama’s election night speech in the same location with a sense of wonder. The 1968 demonstrations centered around the Democratic Convention were explosive ventilations, a virtual mass exorcism of the pain, the fury and the… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: Grant Park
Doug Ramsey’s blog, “Rifftides,” was both an inspiration and a model for the International Review of Music. “Inspiration” because it pioneered the possibility of reaching out to readers from the independence of an internet platform; a “model,” not in terms of style or content, but in terms of his perception, integrity and musicality. Now it… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: Doug Ramsey’s “Rifftides”
by Casey Dolan In the early ’90s, I made two trips to Zimbabwe. The first, organized by Nancy Covey, the wife of Richard Thompson and a force in Los Angeles music herself, enabled me to make field recordings of village music in South Matabeleland near Hwange National Park. The music was later used by John… Read More State of Mind: The Los Angeles Times and Me, Pt. 2