Beach Boys 2018

September 26th, 2018|

I risked my rock’n’roll cred by attending a concert by Mike Love’s Beach Boys at the Granada Theater last Friday (9/21/18). Although not actually billed as such, the tour seemed at least a commercial endeavor, at worst a vanity project, by the former lead singer, who was the only actual original Beach Boy in the […]

’60s Top Tens

May 27th, 2018|

For my college 50th reunion, a four-person panel reviewed songs that had charted during our four years, September ’64 through May ’68, and came up with a list of 30 nominees to be voted on for a Class Top Ten. The songs selected had to 1)be personal favorites of at least two of us; 2)have been […]

Eight ’60s Songs

May 26th, 2018|

For one evening’s entertainment at my Harvard 50th Reunion, four of us presented 30 songs to be voted on by our classmates in order to arrive at a Class of ’68 Top Ten (see “’60s Top Tens,” above). Each of us took seven or eight songs to champion. Here are the ones I put into […]

Hall of Fame?

December 22nd, 2016|

Although not averse to visiting should I get to Cleveland, I have never considered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to be a meaningful institution. The only “hall of fame” that means much to me is Major League Baseball’s, the oldest and by far the hardest to get into. Although imprecise, there are also established […]

Arlo & Friends

April 10th, 2016|

Arlo Guthrie’s show at the Lobero on Thursday (4/8/16) was billed as part of his Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour. The tour is spanning three years, which may be testament to his advanced age (my own) or his commercial needs but also encompasses the three years that elapsed between the “massacree” in Stockbridge, MA on […]

The Rest of the Top 100

March 21st, 2016|

Aerosmith, Dream On
Lee Andrews & Hearts, Teardrops
The Band, The Weight
Bee Gees, I Can’t See Nobody
David Bowie, Changes
Laura Branigan, Gloria
Garth Brooks, Callin’ Baton Rouge
Jackson Browne, The Load-Out/Stay
Mary Chapin Carpenter, He Thinks He’ll Keep Her
Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah
Sam Cooke, You Send Me
Elvis Costello, Allison
Jim Croce, Operator
Counting Crows, Rain King
The Cure, Friday I’m In Love
Dawes, A Little Bit Of […]