Wednesday, October 1, 2008
If There's Someone Left To Play
There's a raft of things you don't get unless you were there at the time. The Beatles and the Beach Boys as competitors for the most creative and best band in pop music. Jane's Addiction as part of a group of Led Zeppelin clone bands. Sha-Na-Na at Woodstock.
No, wait. I don't think all the brown acid available explains that one.
Here's another. Guitar journalism as we know it today started in order to promote Mike Bloomfield.
How many of you just said "Who?"?
When Dylan went electric, first time, out at Newport, he had Mike behind him, that's who.
The Best White Guitarist That Everybody Has Forgotten.
I picked up Butterfield Blues Band and East-West in the early 1990s, knowing that they were in the used CD bin and had "blues" in the title. I did research and found out who and what this was about. And what it was about was the blues guitar, electrified and hot, beginning to become the dominating force in rock music, followed by "East-West", which shares with the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" the introduction of Coltrane's modal style into rock music.