Marty Balin

Marty Balin was a founder of Jefferson Airplane and later a stalwart member of Jefferson Starship, the successor band.  In later years he occasionally regrouped with members of the band on various projects but he was content to pilot his solo career. Balin passed away recently at the age of 76.  From the Airplane days, … More Marty Balin

Rod Serling

“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is … More Rod Serling

Album Covers

Before streaming and downloads, music was available as compact discs, and before that, long play vinyl record albums.  Albums measured about 12 inches by 12 inches.  They were round, so the dimensions were equal. The records or albums, came in a package made of paper and later of a plastic material.  The album covers contained … More Album Covers

Amazing Promos and Commercials from the 1960s and 1970s

This is a trip down memory lane, but it also shows how stylish some of the promos and opening credits were.  There is an art to creating effective and memorable promotional ads. Combine special effects and editing, spectacular images, and driving, catchy music.  But you must accomplish this in about a minute.  Sound easy? Here … More Amazing Promos and Commercials from the 1960s and 1970s

Dave Mason

“Feelin’ Alright”. One of Dave Mason’s most enduring songs. Written about 50 years ago. In his 70s, Mason is still going strong. This summer, he’s touring with another guitar immortal, “The Colonel” Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs, Blues Brothers). Unfortunately, there are no tour stops in my city. It has been about three … More Dave Mason

Larry Knechtel

What do Duane Eddy, the Ronnettes, Elvis Presley, The Dixie Chicks, Elvis Costello, Neil Diamond, Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and Bread all have in common?  The musical genius of Larry Knechtel. Knechtel was a member of the famed Wrecking Crew, a group of session players that played on hundreds of hit records primarily in … More Larry Knechtel

The Wild Bunch

In 1969, Sam Peckinpah and Warner Bros. released one of the most talked about films of the year, and the most influential Western ever made.  Most people focus on the film’s violence, because its presentation and relentlessness was shocking and something film goers had not seen before.  If we remove the violence factor from the … More The Wild Bunch

1968

What a year it was.  Fifty years ago, the world was upside down.  Sound familiar?  Events of 2018, as incredible as they are, seem somewhat mild in comparison to 1968. The bright promise of the 1960s was fading into a tragic decade of harsh reality.  It was a year of scientific advancement, artistic accomplishment, bold … More 1968