Category: Rock

Burt Bacharach (and Elvis Costello, Part 2)

Burt Bacharach (and Elvis Costello, Part 2)

  “No one has to push me to be complex.”     If there has been a musical menage à trois more sublime and more successful than that of composer Burt Bacharach, lyricist Hal...

Elvis Costello (and Burt Bacharach, Part 1)

Elvis Costello (and Burt Bacharach, Part 1)

“I think there’s as much self revelation in “What Is This Thing Called Love” by Cole Porter as there is in any song by Kurt Cobain.”   Elvis Costello is nobody’s idea of Dionne...

Bob Dylan speaks: the MusiCares speech

Bob Dylan speaks: the MusiCares speech

  “A lot of people don’t know this, but the blues, which is an American music, is not what you think it is. It’s a combination of Arabic violins and Strauss waltzes working it...

Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore

“I didn’t get rich, but it was better than picking cotton…”     We can debate who invented rock and roll, but there is no question that it was Elvis Presley who turned it...

Jack Bruce (1993)

Jack Bruce (1993)

“I couldn’t be happier.”             I blew my chance. It only occurred to me today, two weeks after Jack Bruce’s death at age 71 from liver disease, that I...

Billy Joel (1998)

Billy Joel (1998)

“…if I only knew me from “Tell Her About It” and “Uptown Girl” and “Just the Way You Are,” I might not like Billy Joel either.” Not many pop stars are honest or insightful...

Joe Perry (2004)

Joe Perry (2004)

  “It’s never easy to make a record.” March 19, 2004 On the road between Hot Springs and Little Rock, Arkansas, one week into Aerosmith’s Honkin’ On Bobo tour   After years of talking...

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

“It doesn’t even pay to sell out.”   January, 1996, in advance of the “I’m With Stupid” release and tour By phone from her home in Los Angeles  I caught sight of Aimee Mann...

Edie Brickell

Edie Brickell

“I would never listen to his ideas as far as writing goes.”     – Edie Brickell, on her husband Paul Simon. August 16, 1994 By phone from Montauk, Long Island, New York   Edie Brickell...

Dickey Betts

Dickey Betts

“Gregg Allman has decided to try to justify this thing by running around the country claiming I’m strung out on drugs and too drunk to play music. It’s just ludicrous.” September 8, 2000 By...