Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

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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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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1970: The Year in 50 Classic Rock Albums

We looked back at hundreds of albums released that year and whittled the list down to 50 standouts. How many do you own?

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Booker T. Jones: A Chat with the Memphis Soul Legend

“Black people thought it was a black band and white people thought it was a white band,” says the keyboardist behind the soul classic “Green Onions.”

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Hollies Singer Allan Clarke Reflects on the Hits and More

“We never thought we would appear on TV and become famous. So when it actually did start happening, it was a bit frightening.”–Allan Clarke

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1971—The Year in 50 Classic Rock Albums

Bands that had only recently performed in ballrooms and college gyms now played arenas and stadiums–and sold millions of albums.

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Donovan Interview: His Greatest Hits

The Scottish singer-songwriter and Rock Hall inductee examines some of his biggest songs including “Season of the Witch” and “There is a Mountain”

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Lulu Rocks New York City—With Love: 2017 Review

Nearly 50 years ago a teenaged girl from Scotland had a #1 hit that is still loved today. At a NYC concert, she sounded better than ever.

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17 Classic Chuck Berry Covers

The legend, who may have invented rock and roll, died at 90 in 2017. To celebrate his legacy, we’ve chosen 17 of his best, as covered by some of his biggest fans

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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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