Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

The Yardbirds, with Both Beck and Page, in ‘Blow-Up’

It’s a classic scene from a landmark ’60s film, and a rare look at that brief moment when Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were in the same band

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Mike Bloomfield & the Electric Flag: Long Time Comin’

He was an American guitar hero before there was such a thing. In 1967 he put together a new but short-lived band that combined blues, soul and rock.

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John Sebastian in Conversation: Recapturing the Lovin’ Spoonful ‘Magic’

After refusing to re-record his old hits with the Lovin’ Spoonful for decades, John Sebastian did just that with guitarist Arlen Roth. He tells us why.

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Beach Boys’ Mike Love Talks ‘Pet Sounds’

We asked him how the rumor got started that he didn’t like the album. He tells us: “I don’t know if there are any better harmonies ever”

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The Ides of March and the Story of ‘Vehicle’

They took their band name from a Shakespeare classic, their biggest hit from a real-life incident, and they drove their way up the charts in the year 1970.

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13 Books That Every Hippie Owned

In order to be a bona fide hippie, it was imperative to familiarize oneself with certain books. We’ve chosen a baker’s dozen

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‘One Toke Over the Line’ on ‘Lawrence Welk’—Huh?

In what has to be one of the most surreal moments on TV, the song was interpreted for viewers of a show that had no idea what a toke was.

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That ‘Don’t Touch My Records!’ Scene in ‘Diner’

The film is a portrait of a time in America when all seemed innocent and carefree but was not: bubbling just underneath, trouble and tension.

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When Zappa Was ‘Only In It for the Money’

The third album from the genius and his motley band lampooned society and the hippies escaping it. We look back at a ’60s masterpiece

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The Jaggerz’ ‘The Rapper’: You Know What He’s After

“The song was something that I wrote watching people in nightclubs. You’d see these dudes go over and start rapping to chicks,” said the band’s Donnie Iris.

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