Posts From Jim Sullivan

‘Dylan Goes Electric’ Author Talks Newport 1965

Author and folklorist Elijah Wald explores the myths, context and events surrounding the famous electric live debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival

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Mark Farner on Grand Funk Railroad’s Legacy

What was it like to be in a band popular enough to sell out Shea Stadium, even while rock critics despised you? We asked Mark Farner.

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Ringo Starr’s Drum Beat Can’t Be Beat

Is it possible that Ringo Starr is underrated? Our assessment of the 2015 Rock Hall inductee’s Beatles and solo career says “yes”

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Santana’s Michael Shrieve on Playing Woodstock at Age 20

The drummer had a big moment at the ’69 festival – at age 20. When that lineup reunited for a 2016 album + concerts, the chemistry was there

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10 Songs That Defined New Wave Music

New wave music wasn’t easily defined, but most fans knew it when they heard it. We chose 10 songs that, to us, were the best of the genre.

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‘1971’ Book Makes a Strong Case for Best Rock Year

Was 1971 a peak year in rock? Maybe the peak year in rock? A book makes the case for that thesis quite vigorously and well

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Alone Now with Tommy James: A Revealing Interview

He came to fame in 1966 after a song he and his teenage band, the Shondells, covered hit the top of the charts. The hitmaker reflects on his long career

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10 Unusual and Surprising Cover Songs

Our writer veered toward songs that might have some oddball elements but really reinvented the song, or made you hear it in an altered state

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Tom Scholz Talks About Boston’s Recording Process

On the eve of the band’s big 2017 Hyper Space Tour, the mastermind behind one of classic rock’s biggest bands spoke to us about touring, recording and more

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J. Geils Band Rocks Hometown Crowd: 2015

The rock ‘n’ roll band delivered for their loyal Boston fans in one of their final performances together. The good times rolled

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