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 Written by Stephen K. Peeples, Grammy Nominee, and Co-Produced and Designed by Geoff Gans, Grammy nominee Backstory Prologue, Jan. 1, 2009: The Monterey International Pop Festival — June 16, 17 and 18, 1967, in Monterey, Calif. — earned its spot in American pop 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 week shy of 50 years after its first release on June 1, 1967. You can check out the features and reviews by Mikal Gilmore, Chris Morris and Chris Willman for all the deets about the Read More

Obituary – Rodger Joseph Miceli, USS Midway Veteran, USPS Retiree

Rodger Joseph Miceli, U.S. Navy and USS Midway veteran, retired United States Postal Service letter carrier, cosmetologist, artist, and longtime resident of Carlsbad, California, died of congestive heart failure Thursday evening, May 4, 2017, with immediate family at his bedside. He was 86. He was the beloved patriarch of five extended families in Chicago, Los Read More

Ballad of Eternal Love Brings ‘Hope’ for Mother’s Day 2017

As we prepare to honor women everywhere on Mother’s Day 2017 Sunday, May 14, a beautiful new ballad of eternal love titled “Never Let Me Go” has been released as a single and video to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater Fort Worth. “Never Let Me Go” is the first single from “Hope,” Read More

Walk of Western Stars Honors Andre & Renaud Veluzat, Bo Hopkins

Capping the 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, the city of Santa Clarita honored celebrated character actor Bo Hopkins and Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios owners Andre and Renaud Veluzat with plaques on the Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall, California, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth emceed the unveiling Read More

Phantom Blues Band Toplines 2017 Ventura County Blues Fest

The 12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, headlined by the Grammy-winning Phantom Blues Band, throws down at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, California, on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The festival lineup also features performances by blues guitarist Debbie Davies; jazz-blues guitarist Chris Cain; harp ace RJ Mischo; local award-winners Crooked Eye Tommy; the duo of singer-guitarist Jim Read More

Wild Honey Orchestra All-Star Autism Benefit Rocks The Band

The Wild Honey Orchestra and an all-star lineup of guest performers including Jackson Browne, Peter Case and Victoria Williams are set to perform classic songs by legendary American rock group The Band live at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, California Saturday night, March 25. Billed as “The Wild Honey Orchestra & Garth Hudson Play The Read More

UPDATED: Jack Mack Rhythm & Blues Revue Rips Up Canyon Club

Jack Mack Review by Stephen K. Peeples Updated to include exclusive interview with Jack Mack co-founder and guitarist Andrew Kastner The soul-stirring Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns ripped it up at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, Friday night, February 17 with their “Jack Mack Rhythm & Blues Revue,” featuring three guest Read More

Willie Nelson, Lone Star Jerry Retzloff & The Texas Music Conspiracy

Former Lone Star Brewing Co. district sales manager Jerry Retzloff flashed back half a lifetime to Austin and the Texas music scene in the heady mid-’70s in an exclusive interview with the author on April 20, 2015, It was the day after The Wittliff Collections’ “Armadillo Rising” event at Texas State University in San Marcos, Read More

Armadillo Rising – Wittliff Collection Rocks 1970s Austin Music Scene

Bill Wittliff and The Wittliff Collections’ “Armadillo Rising: Austin’s Music Scene in the 1970s” event attracted a standing-room-only audience of Texas music and pop culture fans to Texas State University, San Marcos’ Alfred B. Alkek Library on April 19, 2015. The special reception complemented the Wittliff Collections’ “Homegrown” exhibit of 1970s vintage music poster art Read More