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Ken Scott’s Book ‘Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust’ Is A Must Have Book

Weird really enjoyed the book ’ABBEY ROAD TO ZIGGY STARDUST‘ by KEN SCOTT and BOBBY OWSINSKI so, here’s his take on the title:

For anyone with even a passing interest in some of the most iconic albums of all time, this book is a must.  World famous engineer/producer Ken Scott takes you behind the scenes of albums by The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, The Tubes, Devo and a host of others.  Not only is all the technical data explained, but you get a close-up view of bickering band members, shady managers and record company and management maneuvers.

Lots of space is devoted to Ken’s classic recordings with Bowie & The Spiders, giving you the most intimate descriptions of how these gifted musicians put their songs on tape.  Not only did he record them in the studio, but it was Ken in the RCA mobile unit who captured the last concert at the Hammersmith Odeon.  In the book, he professes his dislike of both mixes of the show.  It would definitely be interesting to hear how the man who produced Ziggy would mix this historic live event!

I really like the way the book is put together. Ken will talk about a band then you will get quotes from band members or other people who shine their light on the subject as well.  There is a photo section in the center of the book with amazing pictures, but the book is also peppered with photos and illustrations throughout.  A must have book about a golden period in music – thanks Ken!

Remembering Mick Ronson – Twenty Years Without You

Growing up with Mick Ronson and we’re fine. Growing up without him, not so fine. Twenty years ago on April 29th, 1993 we lost an electrifying guitarist and ace producer and arranger when Ronson passed away of liver cancer in his home with family and friends at his side. Read the rest of this entry »

Mott The Hoople Announce UK Tour!

Mott The Hoople Tour UK

Mott The Hoople Tour UK

Hey dudes, Mott The Hoople have announced tour dates in the UK and tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th. Act fast and prep to sit tight as the gigs are in November, launching from Birmingham’s Symphony on the 11th and wrapping up at the O2 in London on the 18th.

Drummer Martin Chambers (Pretenders) will sit in for original member Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin who is unable to perform due to health issues. So, “hey you, with the glasses” its only five gigs in five cities so we trust you’ll plan accordingly and show Ian Hunter and company your utmost support. Buy a ticket or “carry the news” and check the official site Thursday, April 25th at 9AM for special links.

Remember, remember it’s MOTT THE HOOPLE November!!

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Mick Ronson To Be Remembered At The ICA In April

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Next month (April 29) marks the 20th anniversary of Mick Ronson’s passing and as we approach that anniversary we’ve learned that the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London is planning a very special evening in Ronson’s memory. Read the rest of this entry »

Viva Las Vegas! Today is Def Leppard Day!

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Viva Las Vegas! It’s just been announced that in honor of Def Leppard‘s residency Viva Hysteria!, Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman has proclaimed TODAY – Friday, March 22nd ”Def Leppard Day.” Their 11 gig run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino launches tonight and ends on April 13th. It’s not very often that the entire band are all together, in one place, for that long of time so we know they’ll make the absolute best of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Spiders From Mars Reunion?

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Trevor Bolder dropped a welcomed zinger in a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine when he hinted that a Spiders From Mars reunion with an un-named vocalist was in the works. The said time frame is targeted to take place around Christmas 2013.

So, un-named vocalist yeah but what about the un-named guitarist?

Stay tuned.

 

Marc Bolan Remembered: 65th Birthday!!

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Marc Bolan would’ve turned 65 years old today so we want to take a minute and salute our favorite cosmic rocker. He slides, he’s a dandy, he’s an elf, he’s a wizard, he’s the metal guru, he’s our jeepster and his spirit is alive and well. God bless his family, friends and fans on this very special day. Read the rest of this entry »

Ken Scott Releases New Memoir ‘Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust’

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Ken Scott is legend in our world. Calling him an engineer or producer extraordinaire is putting it lightly for the man has been involved with some of our favorite records ever. Now, he’s written a memoir that details his career and notes how he achieved some of the sounds we’ve grown to cherish. Read the rest of this entry »

40th Anniversary of Ziggy Stardust Celebrated At Heddon Street, London 2012

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Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Woody Woodmansey were two very special guests that appeared at the unveiling of the new plaque commemorating the 40th Anniversary of David Bowie’s ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.’ Read the rest of this entry »

T-Rex’s Ms. Gloria Jones Arrives In Cleveland, Ohio

Join us tonight at the RHOF to welcome Gloria Jones!

The Rock Hall hosts an evening with singer and songwriter Gloria Jones as part of Museum’s Black History Month celebration

WHAT:   On Wednesday, February 29, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host an evening with singer and songwriting Gloria Jones (“Tainted Love,” “If I Were Your Woman”).  This event is part of the Museum’s month-long Black History Month celebration.

WHEN:             Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7pm.

WHERE:           Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Foster Theater

TO RSVP:         This event is FREE with a reservation. Reservations can be made by  visiting at the Rock Hall Box Office.   A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall’s RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426.

Can’t make it to Cleveland for this event?  No worries! This event will be live streamed on the RHOF website.

MORE INFO:   Cincinnati-born soul singer and songwriter Gloria Jones has been performing for nearly five decades, first appearing in the spotlight in the mid-1960s with her original recording of “Tainted Love.” The song went on to be covered by Soft Cell and reached international success in 1981. Jones joined British rock band T. Rex as keyboardist and backing vocalist in 1974 until the band’s end in 1977. As a songwriter, Jones penned a number of songs  through the years, including “My Mistake” (Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye) and “If I Were Your Woman” (Gladys Knight).

 

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