Awakening the Ghost of Jim Morrison

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

My life changed 35 years ago today. During the summer of 1981, I was living in Neumarkt, Germany, a little town nestled in the Bavarian hills. I was the guest of a couple of families kind enough to host a high school graduate whose idea of preparing for college was growing ...

Three Lessons I Have Learned from Jim Morrison

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Thirty four years ago today, I visited Jim Morrison's grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery to honor his memory on the tenth anniversary of his death. The moment sealed my lifetime interest in the Doors and especially Jim Morrison. But aside from providing the soundtrack to my life and fascinating me ...

Emerging Artist Spotlight: Beatrice Brigitte

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Beatrice Brigitte doesn't like to follow formulas. The 25-year-old singer rejects the lush production and auto-tuned, anthemic vocals that rule the pop charts in the American Idol era, in favor of a simpler, more organic sound. On many of the songs she writes (such as "The Day"), her voice floats like ...

My Cold-Weather Rock and Roll

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Winter has tightened its grip on Chicago. On a Friday afternoon in early December, the temperatures feel like they are dropping by the minute. The sun escapes the chill of the day early, leaving behind long shadows and an occasional gust of cold wind. This is the time for staying ...

Lessons on creativity from the making of “L.A. Woman”

Monday, April 16th, 2012

One of the landmark albums of rock and roll almost died in the recording studio. But today L.A. Woman endures as a lesson on how a change of scenery can unleash creativity. In December 1970, the Doors were floundering as they attempted to make L.A. Woman at Sunset Sound in Los ...

"Classic Rock" magazine gets physical

Friday, October 1st, 2010

If you appreciate the lost art of LP cover design, then get thee to a newsstand and grab the September issue of Classic Rock before they sell out. The issue painstakingly reproduces the extravagant artwork for the iconic 1975 Led Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti to illustrate the lead article by ...

Top 20 albums of all time?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Just what the world needs: another top 20 albums of all time list, courtesy of the Y! Radish Music Blog. This list is a bit different from the usual critical assessments because it seeks to be more objective and empirical, weighing factors such as album sales, "critical rating value" ...