Posts From John Swenson

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The Rise of Joe Walsh in the 1970s

Walsh made the James Gang more than a power trio and expanded and deepened his style as a solo artist to show himself as far more than the Eagle he became.

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11 Top New Orleans Rock Bands

The rock bands in NOLA run from metal to garage rock to singer-songwriters to Louisiana stylistic gumbos. Expert John Swenson picks the best.

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10 Great Southern Rock Albums

Our writer’s picks for some of the best albums in the genre, one of the most popular styles in the ’70s. The debate is always sure to start a bar fight

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Top 10 English Pub Rock Bands

Pub rock was a 1970s English back-to-basics musical movement that got the punters quaffing pints at music pubs across London to some fine rocking bands.

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Tedeschi Trucks Shine at Rainy Jazz Fest

Biblical rains severely impacted Jazz Fest 2016’s second weekend but our reviewer was still able to enjoy Neil Young, NOLA supergroup Raw Oyster Cult, too. Many classic rock legends were washed out

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Van Morrison Wows at Jazz Fest

Van the Man shone at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Pearl Jam + Chili Peppers rocked. Steely Dan + Michael McDonald evoked yawns.

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Who Are They at 50

The Who Hits 50! Tour may be the last outing for the veteran British band. But are Townshend & Daltrey up to the challenge of honoring their monumental five decade rock’n’roll legacy? John Swenson, the band’s first biographer, assesses their accomplishments and their first U.K. shows and finds the prospects positive.

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Doug Sahm’s Groove Captured in New Documentary

Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove Directed by Joe Nick Patoski Doug Sahm died at age 58 in November of 1999. You could say he passed before his time, or maybe he was just so much of his

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