Monday, October 07, 2013
I have been waiting for this movie! WHY???? Because I loved CBGBs, even though I had never stepped a foot inside it, I always wanted to say that I had actually been to CBGBs. WHY???? Because when CBGBs was at it's pinnacle..... a typical calender week would read like.... The Ramones on Wednesday, Blondie on Thursday, Talking Heads on Friday, The Police on Saturday. I mean can you imagine? You would have 5 MAJOR rock and roll acts playing at this little club that had a fire code of like 80 people. And when I say "MAJOR", I mean these were bands that changed the direction of rock and roll.
There was this weird little magazine called "Rock Scene" and it always had stories about CBGBs and the bands that played there. "Rock Scene" was a very strange publication. It was not that easy to find. Usually you have to to buy your copy at a book and magazine store. Rock Scene always had a big portion of the content about the New York City underground rock scene. Which in 1978, "the Underground Rock Scene" became the "Punk Rock Scene". There were great stories about all my favorite bands of the time, like The New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and then a bunch more bands that I had never heard of....and that started with THE RAMONES.
Rock Scene was a black and white picture magazine edited by prominent rock writer Lisa Robinson (later of Vanity Fair) and her husband Richard Robinson (who produced Lou Reed’s first solo record and the Flamin’ Groovies’Teenage Head). They were a well-known power couple in New York rock circles and had easy access to any and every rocker they wanted to meet. Rock Scene was where you could read about superstar acts like Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Queen and Elton John.....BUT WHAT MADE ROCK SCENE GREAT WAS all the new bands that played at CBGBs and Linda Robinson was there every night, taking pictures of and writing about bands like the Ramones, Cherry Vanilla, The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Blondie, The Dictators, Suicide, Talking Heads, Iggy, Kim Fowley, the Dead Boys, Willy DeVille, John Cale, etc.
So the movie isn't a great piece of film-making but it does bring back all the old memories of the late 70.s when rock and roll was re-born in the Bowery of NYC.
JARVY SAYS: THIS MOVIE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION. Just for the music , if nothing else.
It's not "Shawshank Redemption" or anything close. But it is a couple of hours of great music
and some funny fuckin' characters. Check It Out!.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
DETROIT ROCK CITY /
The Uncensored History of Rock 'n' Roll in America's Loudest City
by: Steve Miller
I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and was 13 years old when I purchased my copy of The MC5's uncensored version of "Kick Out The Jams". I have written other posts on this blog about being so lucky to have been an impressionable teenager living in Detrot in 1969!
This book is an "oral history" of the Detroit Rock Scene. from the 60's all the way through to the new millennium. It's all here.....The MC5, The Stooges, Alice Cooper, Detroit, SRC, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger and many more. Here is a great review of the book that I found on Amazon.
By Suzinne Barrett VINE VOICE on August 23, 2013
Having long been a fan of Iggy and the Stooges and more recently have gotten hip to the under recognized MC5, this book was a natural choice for me. LOVE oral biography format, and Steve Miller's "Detroit Rock City" ranks among the very best. This book grabbed me on page one. Wish the photos were better (they're horribly printed), and a better job could have been done in identifying the players. Same mistake has happened in two other oral biographies I've read and enjoyed. Why not identify each and every voice, and even better give us a picture, even if it's a small one alongside each contribution? Not everybody knows who these people are. Also, if you were a fan of Creem Magazine, this book is a must read. Would have liked more about Creem and Lester Bangs, but various writers from Creem do contribute, like Dave Marsh and Jann Uhelszki. Creem, located in Detroit, offered the very best of rock journalism and music reviews and regularly blew its competitor Rolling Stone out of the water. Rolling Stone kissed a lot of butt, but Creem instead sported an authentic rock and roll attitude and never did.
Been a fairly serious music fan but even still was not aware of a good amount of the bands accounted for here. Much of the music remained central to Detroit and did not cross over to our other cities. The break out stars of the scene obviously were Alice Cooper, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Iggy and the Stooges, Bob Seger and Ted Nugent. Alice Cooper received the most airplay with Mitch Ryder not far behind. Much later on, Bob Seger has his moment in the sun with "Night Moves." One of the best stories, told by producer Bob Ezrin, recounts his trip to Alice Cooper and company's abandoned building rehearsal studio/hideout which reads as something out of a Steven King novel! Mitch Ryder, Wayne Kramer (of MC5), Alice Cooper and Iggy and the Stooges tell firsthand of all the craziness. Now, the next step would be a documentary because the stories in the book BEG for one. There was so much talent and energy going down in Detroit in the late 60s and also in the 70s - socially, musically and politically, and it's nothing less than a crying shame that bands like the MC5 saw very little glory for their outstanding efforts. Bad management, cheap and clueless record companies and drug abuse account for these failures. For the record, the MC5 were one of the greatest live acts ever, although that never directly translated to their records. Check them out live on youtube to see what I mean.
Anyway, a wonderful and much needed look at the Detroit rock scene. Over the years, so much attention has been given to the Motown phenomenon, leaving the co-existing rock scene in the dark. This book was seriously overdue.
|Mitch Ryder (circa the band called "Detroit")|
|Iggy and the Stooges (circa the Hollywood hazy daze|
|The Stooges 1969|
Sunday, February 24, 2013
THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES were playing......well it's cool to dream, right? But it's not 1990, it's 2013 and there is no "Record Business" really, iS there? Who could have predicted that a little website call Napster would have started a chain reaction that killed the Record Business? I talk a lot about "the good ole days" here on my blogs (Jarvys Cafe and Cineblax)....and about how the kids today have no idea how amazing it was to go to the record store on allowance day and buy the "Stooges Funhouse", ride home on my bicycle and sit down in front of the family console phonograph and drop the needle on "1970". I really did that and remember it, like it was yesterday. I can still smell the printing of the album cover, after ripping off the cellophane. Reading every liner note while listening to my new album on 10 (because no one else was home). The bad thing about music and the internet is also the good thing. And that is, you would have never heard of The Soft White Sixties" in 1990, (unless that A&R guy did discover them), BUT in 2013, I do know about this great band because of the internet. These guys "get it"! For us "Old" music fans, it is gives us so much hope to come across a band like TSWS. The song "Queen of the Press Club" could have come on the radio in 1966 right after The Who's Substitute or The Count Five's Psychotic Reaction and it would have seemed perfect. Do yourself a favor, check these guys out. TSWS is a GREAT rock and roll band. Just like The Rolling Stones studied their heroes, it's obvious that The Soft White Sixties studied theirs. What is truly amazing though, is that the Stone's heroes were still alive and making music (in their beginnings), but the inspiration for TSWS music is music from 30 and 40 years ago. It is the same music that their grandparents were dancing to.
It is a bands like this one, that are more important than any Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the true keepers of the flame. Living proof that Rock and Roll WILL NEVER DIE!!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Have you listened to the new Lenny Kravitz album....."Black and White America"? This is one of the best records that I have ever owned. He is so far ahead of his contemporaries that it is almost laughable. Lenny has never followed the crowd and that is why I have always respected him and his music. There are not many "genuine articles" in today's music world, but Lenny is one of the VERY few. In my opinion this record puts him in the category of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and The Reverend Al Green. Black and White America sounds like it could of been recorded at Stax studios in 1972. YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS RECORD OUT. Jarvy gives B.W.A. a 10 and 1/2!!! It is so great to find a body of work like this from a real artist in the year 2012!!
Monday, June 04, 2012
WOW....I have always liked this guy...BLEU...but I never saw this video of his until today and all I can say is WOW!!! This is such an amazing video because it is not about "Sex", but instead these most beautiful girls stir up something completely past the hormonal part of being "male" and makes you remember what it was like when saw that girl who was your First Love. Sounds corny...I know. But tell me what you think after watching the video "Guys"