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 i...

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, Ire...
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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 incarnatio...

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 H...
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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...