Peter Gabriel: My Favorite Recording Artist

Peter Gabriel: My Favorite Recording Artist

His “Sledgehammer” music video ushered in the advent of MTV in 1986, and for two years it was virtually impossible to watch that network for more than twenty minutes without seeing Peter Gabriel's claymation masterpiece. Since then he's been inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame both as a founding member of Genesis […]

Doc’s Sports Cards Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Its Closing. Part III (Bruce Hampton) :

Doc’s Sports Cards Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Its Closing. Part III (Bruce Hampton) :

The Doctor is Outta Here: Part 3 of 3.  Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.): The dots are where I say they are… Preface: To fully appreciate the following essay, the reader is advised that I taught a course that I designed on The History of Popular Music in America: From Ragtime to Rock 'n Roll at […]

The Twentieth Anniversary Closing of Doc’s Sports Cards, Part II (Darryl Rhoades)

The Twentieth Anniversary Closing of Doc’s Sports Cards, Part II (Darryl Rhoades)

The Doctor Is Outta Here: Darryl Rhoades So I have this collection of signed baseballs and my favorites are signed by people who did not play the game but love it. Some people ask presidents to sign balls, some people ask movie stars, me, I ask musicians who should be in the Rock 'n Roll […]

The Song Remains the Same: If the Spirit Moves Ya

If the Spirit Moves Ya Led Zeppelin is being sued for copyright infringement over "Stairway to Heaven," by the founding bassist of Spirit, an obscure '60's band that opened for Led Zeppelin in 1968-69. Opening notes were lifted from "Taurus," a relatively unknown song Spirit often played. Among the more interesting aspects of this law […]

The Day of the Dead and the Brothers

Sunday, 10 May 1970 Pictured here: Jerry Garcia leans up against a stack of speakers provided by the Allman Bros (picture coming soon) Sunday morning and the bad news is that the Grateful Dead's sound system was left behind in Boston by the airline and can't get to Atlanta in time for the concert slated […]

Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas

1975 – Mick Gives Me the Ol' Stink Eye for Mentioning the Devil "Whatever you do, don't take any photos of Mick without permission." This is Billy Preston's warning after inviting me up to the Rolling Stones' floor at the Fairmont Hotel in Atlanta. But here I am, seated across from Mick Jagger, my camera resting […]

My Favorite Alec Baldwin Story

My Favorite Great Balls of Fire Storie Alec Baldwin has appeared at the past two SCAD Film Festivals. He showed up at the last one looking a little rough. He left looking rougher, when the crowd that watched his mock docu on film financing largely missed the joke. And he went home to a world […]

You Can Leave Your Hat On: the First Time I Met Ringo Starr

June 1974, Atlanta GA This photo ran in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following a press conference with Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson, under the caption: "Ringo Meets the Press". That's me on the front row in the hat, and to my left is my best friend Don Sylvester. That's Ringo in the satin Marilyn Monroe jacket, […]

Memories: Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Photographed by the Author in 1979 (photo coming soon) I have been friends with The Lord Lloyd-Webber for 35 years. Robert Stigwood– who produced "Jesus Christ Superstar" when he wasn't repping Cream, The Who, Rod Stewart and Bowie– made the introduction in 1979, when they were in New York to launch the Broadway production of "Evita." […]

Ain’t It Funny How Tempus Fugits: Sting’s Daughter, Mickey Sumner

Ain’t It Funny How Tempus Fugits: Sting’s Daughter, Mickey Sumner

I met her daddy in 1979, when he was 29 years old. Thirty-four years later, I met his daughter when she was 29 years old. This kinda stuff doesn't happen to anybody else I know, but it happens to me alla time. Here is Miss Mickey Sumner, daughter of Sting and Trudie. We're hanging out […]