I've been into music in one way or another for most of my life. I love to interview musicians, write about music, and read about music. When it comes to writing my credo is "Be nice, be honest, and be interesting. If you stick to this, everything will always work out". When I write, I write with a purose, to inform and entertain. My articles have appeared in Relix.com, Goldmine Magazine, Rock Cellar Magazine, JoniMitchell.com, EastCoastRocker.com and The Los Angeles Beat. I'm going to enjoy every single minute of what I do!
It is 10:30 on a Tuesday morning, a morning which can best be described as a "proper" English morning. You must go to England to really experience a proper English morning, the sun shines brightly, but there is no oppressive heat.
In almost any interview with Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron, the conversation inevitably turns to drugs, their abuse, and redemption. Negron famously became a heroin addict at the height of his career, but eventually emerged from it in the 1980s, and you could say he's been on a mission to warn others ever since.
In the world of popular music, there is perhaps no one that personifies subtle strength, dignity in the face of adversity, and self-awareness in the way that our subject has.
Brian Wilson - Take 3 The interview was conducted in the midst of his "Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour", a grueling sojourn around the world that began in 2016, was extended through October of this year, and is slated to continue on in 2018 due to popular demand.
Tony Franklin rose to prominence in the '80s as the bassist with The Firm, the supergroup that grew out of the ashes of the mighty Led Zeppelin, with Jimmy Page leading on guitar. The 10 albums that influenced Franklin's life built the backbone of his nickname, "The Fretless Monster."
Attorneys for Led Zeppelin were supposed to have battled this case out in a courtroom in downtown Los Angeles this week, but the case has been given a continuance. What is at stake here is the reputation of one of the biggest names in rock music.
It's 6:50am on a hot Los Angeles morning outside of the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse, and I'm standing in line with twenty or so of my brethren from the media. Writers mostly, law students, and the occasional Led Zeppelin fan.
Were the earth to suddenly start spitting out creative geniuses in the world of music photography, surely they would materialize at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. The works of some of the most seminal photographers in the annals of music photography have either passed through these doors, or will be someday.
Yesterday Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind was kind enough to chat with the LA Beat between sound check and his pre-show bike ride. What follows is an engaging, meaningful discussion with someon...
Baseball fans have Cooperstown, dog lovers have the Westminster show, and the religious have their mecca. If you are a photographer and a music junkie like me, you have The Morrison Hotel Gallery. For the uninformed, the Morrison Hotel is the tiny perfect gallery, nestled in the cool comfort of the Sunset Marquis hotel, just off the Sunset Strip.
Have you ever had one of those dreams where you're walking down a long hallway with many doors, and you stop and open each door one by one, and there are strangers behind each door? Now replace the strangers with rock stars. That's what the rehearsals for Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp are like.
When you're at the Fonda theater to see The Rolling Stones, the only thing separating you from the stage is that pit filled with photographers (or one if it's The Stones). Last night however, there was nothing separating me from the band.
Last night was the second annual VoiceArts awards gala in Hollywood. One can be forgiven for not being aware that this event even existed, it is after all, only the second time that this event has been held.
Interview © 2016 IVOR LEVENE, Photos © MELANIE SMITH I recently sat down for a long discussion of happenings past and present with the founder of The Clash and Public Image Ltd., Keith Levene. Unless you're more than a casual fan of the aforementioned bands, Keith is not going to be a familiar figure to you.
Keith Levene Part 2 - Interview © 2016 IVOR LEVENE, Photos © MELANIE SMITH I recently sat down for a long discussion of happenings past and present with the founder of The Clash and Public Image Ltd., Keith Levene. (Part One is posted on EastCoastRocker.com . This is Part Two).
Rearview Mirror: Burton Cummings Reflects on The Guess Who Every country has its own seminal band or artist that everyone can look to, lift up, and point to as that which represents their particular nation. Britain has The Beatles and The Stones, the U.S.A. has Elvis and Sinatra, and Canada has The Guess Who.