Rant ‘N’ Roll: A Quick Word From ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons

The tour’s almost over. ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons has been supporting the release of the kick-ass Afro-Cuban-scented Perfectamundo (Concord Records) by Billy Gibbons and The BFGs, his solo band away from the motherhood of ZZ land. Dude’s sold millions and millions of records since The Moving Sidewalks (1967) became …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: One Great Read

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll (Little, Brown and Company) by Peter Guralnick is American cultural history at its finest. Guralnick has to be considered the dean of rock ‘n’ roll storytellers. His Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke (2005), Careless Love: The Unmaking Of Elvis

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Monster Abyss

He’s from “Parts Unknown,” six feet eight and 350 pounds of seething resentment, anger and psychotic reaction. Woe be those who get trapped running into his finishing move, The Black Hole Slam. A tortured individual, he’s probably the most barbaric and hardcore brawler in the company known as TNA Impact …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Them

The Complete Them 1964-1967 (Legacy Recordings) is a three-CD assemblage of the first known recordings of Van Morrison. Packaged to America as part of “The British Invasion” (despite being from Belfast, Ireland), Them only had two American hits, both in 1965, “Here Comes The Night” and “Mystic Eyes.” Their only …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Top 10 Favorite CDs, Movies, TV Shows, Books, And Concerts

Top 10 Blues CDs

1) Steve Earle & The Dukes, Terraplane

2) Duke Robillard, The Acoustic Blues Roots Of Duke Robillard

3) Tinsley Ellis, Tough Love

4) Cash Box Kings, Holding Court

5) Soundtrack, Bessie: Music From The HBO Film

6) Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots, Boom Town

7) The …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Best Dylan

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume #12 (Columbia Legacy) is the Bob Dylan set I’ve been waiting for. Y’know how you want your favorite artists to remain fixed in their original incarnation for eternity so you can keep loving them your whole life and not be disappointed with …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Newark ’66

I remember it like it was yesterday. We were standing outside our apartment building on Grumman Avenue in the Weequahic section of Newark with our bikes getting ready for another all-day bike trip through Hillside and Irvington. The canteens were filled with tap water. The little transistor radio was dangling …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Hard To Find A Good Hero Nowadays

I’ve been looking for new rock ‘n’ roll heroes but I keep coming up empty. I thought it might be Brittany Howard but the second Alabama Shakes album was awful. I thought it might be Gary Clark, Jr. until his new album was awful. I even ventured to give My …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Ring The Bell!

When I was a kid, I used to work at Hudson County News Company in North Bergen sorting comic books. It was, at the time, my dream job. Every month when pro wrestling was at the Garden, I’d pull my car up to one of the loading docks and take …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Return Of The Secret Agent Man

EASTON, PA—It was a wealth of riches at the State Theatre Friday and Saturday November 13 and 14. Johnny Rivers performed an organic set of electric originals fit for the garage when his earthy and bare-bones band turned it up to barely touch his decades-long catalog of hits. The Louisiana …

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