Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

The Mamas & the Papas’ ‘Creeque Alley’: Behind the Song

The lyrics are stocked with names and places, some of which may have been (and still are) unfamiliar to fans of the group. We break it down.

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John Mayall: A Chat With the British Blues Legend

For 50+ years he’s been the king of British blues. “[Blues and jazz] have always been part of the same thing. It’s all black American music, basically”

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The Last Waltz: An Audience Member Revisits

The 1976 farewell performance by The Band is the stuff of rock lore. BCB’s editor was there that night and remembers it well.

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Tina Turner After Ike: The ’80s Comeback

She may not perform again, but she will long be remembered as one of the most sensational, daring and courageous women in the world of rock ’n’ roll.

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The Beatles’ White Album: Facts and Trivia

At the same time they were maturing, they were leaving behind the Beatles. Here are some fascinating details on all 30 tracks on their ’68 masterpiece.

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The Kinks’ ‘Celluloid Heroes’: Everybody’s a Star…

“Everybody’s a dreamer, and everybody’s a star,” Ray Davies sang. But it was never quite that simple. Watch a stellar performance of this Kinks Klassik.

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Jesse Colin Young Talks Youngbloods

The singer-songwriter discusses his early folk days and the history of the Youngbloods, from ‘Get Together’ to ‘Elephant Mountain’ and beyond.

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Dion’s Moving ‘Abraham, Martin and John’

Tension was in the air in 1968 and rock music reflected the turmoil. Then came a voice from the past, gently singing of non-violence and hope.

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When Jefferson Airplane Sang From a NYC Rooftop

When the French filmmaker Godard needed a band for his new film on radical culture in 1968, he invited San Francisco’s finest. They responded by waking up New York City.

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Strawberry Alarm Clock’s Psychedelic ‘Incense & Peppermints’

Trivia note: The singer on one of the biggest and most memorable hits of 1967 was not even a band member. Check out the whole back story here.

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