Ken Sharp ‘New Mourning’ – Bright Power Pop with a Dark Side

New Album by Musician-Author Who Wrote the Book(s) on the Genre; Troubadour Debut September 2 By Stephen K. Peeples With melodic, hook-filled power chords, layers of jangling guitars and stacked vocal harmonies, and dark lyrics borne of a good relationship gone bad, “New Mourning” by singer-writer-guitarist and author Ken Sharp is not your typical indie Read More

Beatles 2016 – 50-Year Flashback to Beatles 1966

Fans and Critics Celebrate ‘Revolver,’ Lennon’s Jesus Flap, and More than 50 Years of Beatlemania By Stephen K. Peeples   It may be half a century since Beatles 1966, but it’s like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr never left. This fall, Beatles fans and critics worldwide are celebrating the lads from Liverpool’s third Read More

Buddy Guy & Quinn Sullivan Playboy Jazz Q&A, June 2011

By Stephen K. Peeples Chicago blues legend, Grammy-winner, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy returns to the Hollywood Bowl August 10, 2016, five years after the Stratocaster blaster and then-12-year-old Strat-slinging protegé Quinn Sullivan blew away 18,000-plus fans at the Playboy Jazz Festival. Guy, who just turned 80 on July 29, is co-headlining a Read More

UPDATED – Beatles Hollywood Bowl CD Reissue Due in September

Long-Awaited Digital Remastering of Beatles Hollywood Bowl Performances from 1964 and 1965 Without Bogus Audience Track Precedes World Premiere of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” Film Documentary by Ron Howard By Stephen K. Peeples Apple Corps Ltd. and the Universal Music Group revealed today that an updated, expanded and remastered Read More

‘Strat Cats’ Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy Tour U.S., Rock Hollywood Bowl Aug. 10

By Stephen K. Peeples Grammy-winning Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame icons and Fender Stratocaster-playing "Strat Cats" Read More

Tom Waits Interview with Stephen K. Peeples, 9-4-80

With the appointment made to conduct a Tom Waits interview on the Zoetrope Studios lot in Hollywood on Sept. 4, 1980, I Read More

Waylon Jennings – ‘Are You Ready for the Country,’ PUTT, 7-7-76

The Texas country outlaw's bid for a wider audience with 'Are You Ready for the Country' gets a closer look By Read More

Texas Artlaw Boyd Elder Mounts Skull Art Exhibit in Austin

Skulls for Eagles' 'One of These Nights' and 'Their Greatest Hits' at Bale Creek Allen Gallery July 15 By Stephen K. Read More

Roadshow Revival a Ripping Roots-Rockabilly Rave-Up

8th annual festival inspired by former Ventura-area rockabilly raconteur Johnny Cash 2016 Roadshow Saturday Photo Read More

Blast from the Past!

Buddy Guy & Quinn Sullivan Playboy Jazz Q&A, June 2011

By Stephen K. Peeples Chicago blues legend, Grammy-winner, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy returns to the Hollywood Bowl August 10, 2016, five years after the Stratocaster blaster and then-12-year-old Strat-slinging protegé Quinn Sullivan blew away 18,000-plus fans at the Playboy Jazz Festival. Guy, who just turned 80 on July 29, is co-headlining a Read More

Tom Waits Interview with Stephen K. Peeples, 9-4-80

With the appointment made to conduct a Tom Waits interview on the Zoetrope Studios lot in Hollywood on Sept. 4, 1980, I listened to my advance pressing of Waits’ “Heartattack and Vine” a few times at my Elektra/Asylum office on La Cienega, and focused my questions. Ironically, I had left Capitol Records at Hollywood and Vine Read More

Waylon Jennings – ‘Are You Ready for the Country,’ PUTT, 7-7-76

The Texas country outlaw’s bid for a wider audience with ‘Are You Ready for the Country’ gets a closer look By Stephen K. Peeples The following is a feature album review first published in Picking Up The Tempo on July 7, 1976. Sometime during June (1976) word reached me that Waylon Jennings’ new album was Read More

Beatles 1 Reissue Sights & Sounds Rock Grammy Museum

Grammy-Winning Audio Producer Giles Martin, Filmmaker Michael Lindsay-Hogg Discuss New Mixes of Beatles Hits, Restored Film Clips Spanning 1962-1970 By Stephen K. Peeples “Beatles 1” and “Beatles 1+” reissue audio producer-engineer ‎Giles Martin and renowned film director ‎Michael Lindsay-Hogg appeared live at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, Read More

Lennonology Author Joins John Lennon 75th Birthday Party

Noted Beatles author Chip Madinger publishes Lennon-Ono chronology spanning 1966-1980 By Stephen K. Peeples Just in time to help celebrate what would have been rock music icon and peace activist John Lennon’s 75th birthday on Oct. 9, noted Beatles collector and author Chip Madinger and his historian-collector co-author Scott Raile will publish a new book Read More

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