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 […]

Memorial Day: What Did You Do In the War, Great-Great Gran’daddy?

Political Correctness and the Confederate Dead  I have to go back a long, long way to find a military hero in my family. Silvers are famous for shootin' off their mouths, but when it comes to guns, um, not so much. I had an uncle in the Navy during WWII, but what he did thereafter […]

Prom But Not Forgotten: Murray ‘n Michele, 1971

Part 1 Her name was Michele and she was my high school sweetie. We went to the prom in 1971. I wanted to marry Michele; Michele had other plans. She went away to UGA, met the friend of her older brother and they yaddayaddayadda. Took me years to get over it, and in some ways […]

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 […]

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, […]

Nigel Olsson with his brother Carl, 1979: One of My Favorite Photos

Nigel Olsson with his brother Carl, 1979: One of My Favorite Photos

"All I've got is this photograph, and I realize you're not coming back anymore…" Nigel Olsson turned 65 recently. He will forever be remembered as "Elton John's drummer", but there was a time when he pursued a solo career after the Big E cut him loose in 1975. Nigel turned up in Atlanta, where he […]

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 […]

The Police: First American Tour

The Police: First American Tour

Sting, 1979 Pictured here is Gordon Sumner, also known as Sting. Thirty-five years ago he played bass and sang for a band called The Police. They hit it big in 1979, when Punk was in its infancy. They tried to pull off that Punk thing but it wasn't working for them. They were far too literate […]