Tag Archives: D. A. Pennebaker

New Wave Airplane

Last week I finally got around to posting about Jean-Luc Godard’s 87th birthday, and today Open Culture reminded me how rich the master’s collection of odds-and-ends shorts and clips can be. In 1968, Godard shot Jefferson Airplane performing live on a rooftop in Manhattan. Godard’s film features a performance of “The House at Pooneil Corners,” [...]

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Bob Dylan: Looking Back

1967 was the Summer of Love, and by that time Bob Dylan, the poet laureate of the counterculture, was already two years into his transformation from folkie legend to rock star which began when he plugged-in a Fender Stratocaster and “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Dylan had even released rock masterpieces [...]

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Blonde on Blonde at 50

A quick Google search finds Blonde on Blonde on most every top rock albums shortlist and it always places high in rankings of Dylan’s best. I take Highway 61 Revisited over Blonde, but Blonde is probably in any Dylanologist’s top three. Blonde‘s epic poetics in songs like “Visions of Johanna” and “Sad-Eyed Lady of the [...]

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Hail, Hail Chuck Berry

I’ve been off the blog for a few days, enjoying some adventures in real life away from the keyboard. In the meantime I missed an important birthday that I wanted to make note of. On October 18, Chuck Berry turned 87 years old! While rock ‘n’ roll is infamous for its one-hit-wonders and too-young-to-die casualties, [...]

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