Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hogtown Boys Make Good (1977)

This article about Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers by Stephen K. Peeples first appeared in Rock Around The World magazine, October 1977. Tom Petty casually strolls into the room, looking slightly slept-in and slightly more bored. He’s skinny, of medium height, and blonde, but as he drops into his designated seat, one gets the impression Read More

Rick Shaw, Miami Radio Legend – A Listener’s Appreciation

Miami radio legend Rick Shaw passed away at his home in Cooper City, Florida, on Friday, September 22, 2017. He was 78. Shaw was the top-rated radio celebrity in South Florida in the 1960s, and among other accomplishments, was the first disc jockey to spin The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in Miami in Read More

Boyd Elder – Encounters of the Southwestern Kind, 1978

A close encounter with the artist who created the skull art for Eagles’ ‘One of These Nights’ and ‘Their Greatest Hits’ By Stephen K. Peeples Boyd Elder Profile revised and republished March 30, 2015. First version was published in Rocky Mountain Musical Express, Denver, Colo., March/April 1978. People who’ve had direct contact of one sort Read More

Perdomo Shines on ‘The Golden Hour’

Los Angeles-based session ace and producer Fernando Perdomo echoes the sound and sensitivity of classic ’70s singer-songwriter records with his latest solo album, “The Golden Hour.” The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer is set to perform all the new songs from “The Golden Hour” during an album release party at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood on Thursday Read More

Monterey International Pop Festival: The Book – Summer of Love 1967

The Monterey International Pop Festival Boxed Set Rhino/MIPF, October 1992 Boxed Set Co-Produced and Book Read More

Sgt. Pepper Spiced My Summer of Love 50 Years Ago

This is not a review of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" 50th-anniversary package, out May 25, a Read More

David Bowie Pianist Mike Garson Headlines Benefit for Kids’ Cancer Cures

LOS ANGELES — Mike Garson, longtime pianist and composer for David Bowie, will headline a concert and fundraiser for the Read More

First Rod Bennett Scholarships Go to Saugus High Seniors

Bennett Scholarships update: Saugus High School graduating seniors James Klipfel and Diego Rumer (pictured at left) Read More

Guitarist Jim Hagen Grooves with Rod Bennett’s Vibes on ‘Jazzical’

For veteran contemporary jazz guitarist Jim Hagen, "Jazzical" is more than the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Read More

Blast from the Past!

Boyd Elder – Encounters of the Southwestern Kind, 1978

A close encounter with the artist who created the skull art for Eagles’ ‘One of These Nights’ and ‘Their Greatest Hits’ By Stephen K. Peeples Boyd Elder Profile revised and republished March 30, 2015. First version was published in Rocky Mountain Musical Express, Denver, Colo., March/April 1978. People who’ve had direct contact of one sort Read More

Lone Star Beer: Texas Music and Texas Beer Join Forces (1976)

The Backstory: In late 1975, Lone Star Brewing Co. marketing executives Jerry Retzloff and Barry Sullivan spoke with this reporter at length about the budding brew-mance between Texas musicians and Lone Star Beer. The resulting feature appeared in the February 14, 1976 edition of Cash Box, then one of the music industry’s top three trade Read More

Tommy Allsup on Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Texas Playboys

Guitarist-producer Tommy Allsup, best-known as a member of The Crickets led by songwriter-singer-guitarist Buddy Holly, died in Springfield, Missouri on January 12, 2017, at the age of 85 – but not before leaving an influential musical legacy of his own. Born on his Cherokee mother’s allotment near Owasso, Oklahoma, the 12th of 13 children, Allsup and his Read More

Klaatu Interview with Stephen K. Peeples – May 1980

Editor’s note: This transcript of a May 1980 Klaatu interview with music journalist and Capitol Records Editorial Manager Stephen K. Peeples was first posted online at http://klaatu.org/. What follows is the transcript of an interview I conducted in May 1980 with the then-mysterious rock band Klaatu, named after the human-like alien visitor to Earth played Read More

Bob Dylan Nobel Speech 12-10-16

The Bob Dylan Nobel speech was given by the United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji, at the Nobel Banquet, 10 December 2016. Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Here are Dylan’s remarks: Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to Read More

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