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  • Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads

    Book Review Author Greil Marcus made a name as rock critic by insisting that the tide of history is directly mirrored by the pop music of the period. This can make for exhilarating reading, because Marcus is, if nothing else, an elegant stylist given to lyric evocation. But it is that same elegance that disguises […]

  • A Love Letter to Blonde Bruce (1953-2020)

    “Blonde” Bruce Thorpe was once a living legend in San Diego, and today he passed on to perhaps live another larger-than-life existence in some other far away universe. I first met Bruce sometime around 1982 or’83, shortly after he moved from Phoenix to San Diego. My first recollection of ever seeing him, was sitting on […]

  • How Did I Get Here: My Journey into the World of Concert Photography

    The question was: How did you get here? How did you make the journey from musician to concert photographer? Thinking on that, I found that the answer actually might be more revealed in the question of who is a concert photographer? Based on my observations and friendships with fellow concert photographers, I believe the following […]

  • Drummer Al Schneider Has More than a Few Stories to Tell! Part 2

    (To recap, from part one) Bigger things were looming on the horizon, although the route toward them was going to be circuitous. “I was playing a club called the Tomcat in Torrance in about 1968. Guys used to come in to make special appearances and the house band would back them up. There would be […]

  • An Open Letter to the San Diego Music Community

    Dear Friends, We’re making a documentary film about our own Lou Curtiss, called Recordially Yours: The Lou Curtiss Story and we need your help. Readers of the San Diego Troubadour know Lou Curtiss from his monthly “Recordially, Lou Curtiss” column, which has been running since the first issue was published in October 2001 and has […]

  • Drummer Al Schneider Has More than a Few Stories to Tell!

    PART ONE It’s undoubtedly a common misperception among music fans that people in “the business” exist in some rarified dimension apart from regular folk. They descend from some gated realm in the clouds to gift us with their musical creations, bestowing upon us a small taste of the delights that reside therein. Nothing could be […]

  • All About AB5: Inquiring Minds Want to Know

    “Registered California Voter?” “Yeah.” The signature gatherer held up a clipboard with a sheet and looked at me earnestly. “This would allow Uber and Lyft drivers to continue as independent contractors,” he said. This was mid-February as I stood outside a Ralph’s supermarket, less than two months into 2020 and the implementation of the gig […]

  • Wolfgang Grasekamp: A One-Man Renaissance

    Many fans of local music are undoubtedly familiar with the keyboard wizardry of Wolfgang Grasekamp. The German-born musician plays a whole range of venues throughout the area, from coffeehouses, Native American casino showrooms, and popular watering holes to major music festivals like the San Diego Beatles Fair. He is an integral part of the Dave […]

  • THE SEA MONKS: Ameripolitan Music, Family Style

    The first thing that you notice about the Sea Monks is that the local San Diego band has a couple of very young band members—a tall and angular 17-year-old lead guitarist and a tousle-headed drummer, who’s just 14. The second thing you learn is that the Sea Monks, based in Clairemont, are a family affair. […]

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