Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

The Grass Roots: A Name in Search of a Band

Rarely absent from the charts for several years, they created songs that were unlike one another, even while sounding undeniably like the Grass Roots.

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Johnny Mandel, Composer of ‘M*A*S*H’ Theme Song, Dead at 94

The composer felt that the theme for the film was too soft considering the subject matter, but it proved so popular it was also used for the TV series.

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1973: The Year in 50 Classic Rock Albums

We looked back at hundreds of albums released in 1973 and whittled the list down to the 50 that we think represent the cream of the year’s crop.

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Janis Joplin & Jorma Kaukonen’s ‘Typewriter Tape’

Before they became rock icons, Janis and the Jefferson Airplane guitarist played acoustic blues. Here’s the tale of their fascinating 1964 duets.

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1968—The Year in 50 Classic Rock Albums

Rock was still very intense in ’68 but it began giving way to quieter, more roots-oriented sounds. More than anything though, the music was diverse.

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Peter Asher Q&A: Producing Linda Ronstadt & More

In our detailed interview, most of it previously unpublished, the master producer talks about his work with Ronstadt, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and more

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Journey and the Final Scene of The Sopranos

One of the most highly anticipated, and nerve-wracking, episodes in TV history was the finale of this classic crime show. The music was supplied by Journey.

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Janis Joplin Slays ‘Ball and Chain’ in Monterey Pop

When she stepped onto the Monterey stage she was still an unknown. When she left she was on her way to superstardom. This five-minute clip is why.

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Gregg Rolie: From Santana to Journey and Beyond

Rolie: “I’ve said yes to almost every right thing I should do, and I’ve said no to the things I don’t think I should. I’m proud of everything I’ve done.”

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Eric Burdon & The Animals’ Love Song to ‘Monterey’

Performing a the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 was such a profound experience for the British singer that he wrote a song about it. Here’s the story.

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