Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

When Neil Young Found a Neil Young Bootleg

What happened way back in 1971 when a rock star went record shopping and found a bootleg of his own music? It wasn’t pretty, but it’s fascinating.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 95 Crucial Omissions

Every year, when the new nominees are announced, there is lots of grumbling from rock fans about omissions. Here’s a start…

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17 #1 Hits Worse Than ‘We Built This City’

That mid-’80s Starship hit perennially tops lists of the worst chart-toppers ever. It’s bad, we agree, but we’ve found others that are even worse.

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Starship’s ‘We Built This City’: Really The Worst?

Music critics love to call this 1985 #1 single the worst song ever. But is it really? We asked the former members of the band how they feel about it.

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Rock Hall: 100 More Crucial Omissions

We recently listed 100 artists that the R&R HoF has neglected to induct. You told us we’d only scratched the surface so here are 100 more!

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Remembering Joe Cocker: Rock’s Soulful Interpreter

Cocker’s gift was that among all the British R&B belters, he may have been the most ballsy + uninhibited of them all and an outstanding interpreter of songs

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The J. Geils Band & the Angel Who Was a Centerfold

The only #1 hit for this dynamic Boston band was about a schoolboy crush later being crushed for real. We look back at an early MTV favorite.

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The Doors Strange Days: We Want the World…

On their second album, Jim Morrison and the band moved into uncharted territory lyrically and instrumentally. When the music’s over, turn out the lights…

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Steve Miller on Blues, Jazz and the Rock Hall

The classic rocker grew up with jazz and blues greats as houseguests. The Space Cowboy on his roots and why he’s still unhappy with the Rock & Hall of Fame.

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Review: The Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome

There’s nothing retro about it yet the Stones’ first-ever all-blues album is very much a celebration of their roots. We listened, and we loved it.

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