Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: David Bowie “Aladdin Sane”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: David Bowie “Aladdin Sane”

It dawned on me yesterday as I wrote the review for the amazing Ronnie Dawson’s “Monkey Beat”, that there may be some bigger artists’ work that I may have overlooked. I did a scroll through the last 90 reviews and realized I have never mentioned David Bowie. Maybe it was the combo of me missing him as an artist after his death, or maybe it was my own disappointment with his last album, Black Star,…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Buck Owens and the Buckaroos “Live at Carnegie Hall”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Buck Owens and the Buckaroos “Live at Carnegie Hall”

What can a person say about one of the greatest artists, one of the greatest bands ever put together, one of the greatest live albums ever recorded at one of the greatest venues in the world? This person says, “I am gonna say a lot”. My love and admiration of Buck Owens dates back to my earliest childhood and the “Hee-Haw” television show. My Italian Grandfather loved “Hee-Haw”. There was nothing better when my “Opa”…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Grand Funk – “We’re An American Band”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Grand Funk – “We’re An American Band”

Grand Funk started in Michigan or one of those states around there. They were just 3 kids who saw enough freedom that they decided to be a band. Their first record was in 1969. By 1971 they were one of the biggest selling acts in the world. They pioneered stadium rock in a way even the Beatles did not do. They were a classic example of an American mom and pop endeavor going huge. Back…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: The Byrds “Untitled”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: The Byrds “Untitled”

The Byrds are an interesting band in the history of American Rock and Roll. Their members various work have affected all of music. Whether it is the great, obscure solo records of Gene Clark, or the continued work by Roger McGuinn, where he has become the last true folkie. Go see him in concert today. He is still great. The Chris Hillman /Gram Parson’s legacy still reverberates through the alt country rock scene today as…

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