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The Band HEART, has a special place in my heart going back to a meeting with the head of Vancouver's Mushroom Records, SHELLY SIEGEL. I was at an event in Pittsburgh, probably 1977-78, and met this young man with whom I had a couple of drinks, and he confided in me tha...

There's not much to say about ELTON JOHN (Reginald Dwight), It's like his music been around forever and won every award up to becoming SIR Elton John, when he received his CBE from the Queen of England. He and his writing partner, the extremely talented and somewhat re...

I don't know about you, but when I think about ROBERT PLANT, I remember the bare-chested, curly-haired, Lyricist and Singer in the legendary band, LED ZEPPELIN. But that was a long time ago, he joined the Zepp in 1968 at 20 years of age. But he's 68 now, and although h...

How about something completely different in the Roots of Rock bag? The names of the great BLUES singers often were colorful or amusing, and so it was with MUDDY WATERS, one of the masters of the form. Fans of the BLUES BROTHERS, will find the original versions of the s...

The Metal Heads are really after me to play more of their stuff and there is one group that has to be included, BLACK SABBATH. Founded in 1968 in the Industrial Town of Birmingham, England, the original Group consisted of Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and Ozzy...

November 11, 2016

Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part series about Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

Let's get another "elephant" out of the way as we start the last part of this opus, er, thing. It's called…

JOURNEY

And it's a big elephant. If they don't make it, I'll be sh...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Leonard Cohen went to Rock and Roll Heaven on November 10, 2016. He was 82. The Don Rocks staff extends our deepest condolences to his family. This post originally appeared on Facebook a few weeks prior to Mr. Cohen's death. -jacqui

One of the most intere...

November 9, 2016

Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part series about Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

Part two of our three-part saga into this year's nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame begins with…

STEPPENWOLF

Every town has a top-notch bar band. Knows all the licks,...

November 7, 2016

Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

For a number of years, I wrote a music blog for my local paper, and did an annual three-part article on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees. Well, after a couple of years,...

The Don Rocks salutes, BOB DYLAN, for being awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature. There are dissenting voices of course who would prefer an author of books; but Mr. Dylan has been the voice of a generation, and if you take away the music, a lot of his lyrics are poetr...

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