Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

Wavy Gravy—The Hippie Icon Who Fed the Crowd at Woodstock

From poet to peace activist to clown that launched institutions that aided thousands, he was perennially dedicated to uplifting others.

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The Summer of Love and That Song About ‘San Francisco’

It was a song of its time, inviting “gentle people” to wear flowers in their hair and migrate to California. Many thousands took Scott McKenzie’s advice

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Procol Harum’s ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’: That Melody!

To this day, fans still debate the meaning of the song. But more than half a century after its release, it remains one of the most popular of all-time.

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Whatever Happened to Stephen Talbot, ‘Leave It to Beaver”s Gilbert? We Asked Him!

Talbot on Jerry Mathers [Beaver]: “He carried that show. He was smart, and in the last couple of years, he was chafing against playing dumb.”

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Eric Burdon: A Conversation With an Animal

More than 50 years after he first arrived with the Animals, one of the great British blues-rock belters of all time is still going strong.

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Rolling With Jerry: When Garcia Welcomed a College Kid to the Dead’s HQ

In the summer of 1971, the author and a friend decided to go visit the Grateful Dead. What resulted was an afternoon they’ve never forgotten.

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Rock Hall Omissions Part 2: Digging Deeper

Part One listed 100 artists that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has neglected to induct. We only scratched the surface, so here are 100 more

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They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

It was bizarre but an instant smash hit. Then there was a backlash. Read the strange tale of Napoleon XIV and hear the song that drove people mad.

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Making the Scene With Lenny Kaye: Musician, Author, Record Collector, Fan

Kaye: “Ideas start coming together, almost like cosmic dust starts to form a planet. Then there’s a realization that something different is happening.”

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Ben E. King’s Voice Will Stand By Us For All Time

The soul singer co-wrote one of the most poignant love songs ever recorded, and enjoyed numerous hits with the Drifters and as a solo artist

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