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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die...Or Not

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1985 – 1986

Dedicated to my brother, Bobby Camp (1969-2015) who introduced me to more bands than I can count. Frank Zappa (among others) once said something along the lines of writing about music is like dancing about architecture. That’s wrong. If listening to music is an experience, then writing about said experience is just as valid as […]

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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1969 – 1971

It’s a fact: What goes up doesn’t always come down. All hell broke loose in the late 60s – early 70s, and in spite of (or maybe because of) the chaos, some remarkable music was made. Equally important, we’re now seeing a phalanx of splinter genres reaching maturity: psychedelic, folk rock, country rock, heavy metal, […]

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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not – 1967 – 1968

There’s no question about it. This is when popular music started getting really high. Now, the super-cool kids had been using recreational substances for a while. In fact, the real junkies of the crew had been down in the basement for years, shooting up and playing jazz. Anyway, right here and now is when the […]

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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not – 1956 – 1966

The whole thing is preposterous, I know. Music appreciation, like 90% of all things material or otherwise related to humanity, is highly personal and exclusively subjective. Some person just paid $300 million for a Gauguin painting. The world gasps at his extravagance. Perhaps in the buyer’s mind, it’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened in […]

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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not – The Introduction

Over the years I’ve grown exceedingly skeptical and often dismissive of almost any article, book, or list that promotes something the reader “must do.” You don’t have to do anything. However, if you’re interested in the development of rock music as an artistic, historical and/or social movement, there are more than 1001 Albums You Must […]

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20 More Questions with Beldone

It had been a while since we sat down for a solid jawbone with Rajah Cheech Beldone, King of the Gypsies, one of our all-time favorite pseudonymous characters hailing from Alberta, Canada. The interview questions were answered online over the course of two days. Shortly after receiving the original twenty Qs, Beldone wrote back, saying […]

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First Encounters With Mr. Jimi

Rock royalty meets Jimi Hendrix for the first time, in their own words. B.B. King and Buddy Guy – Of course you gotta start with these two cats. Frank Zappa – Coolest dude of all-time. Little Richard – From the 1973 rockumentary Let the Good Times Roll; the clip is must-see, the film not so […]

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Bob and Ron’s Record Club Radio Archive – Episode 77

As Bob says in the opening, this episode is a “mixed bag” of funk and psychedelic gems from the deepest grooves of vinyl. Focused on the music of Spirit—dedicated to the passing of original keyboardist John Locke—Episode 77 contains an unusual abundance of outright obscure and unheard of bands and records. Which is what Bob […]