“Revolver”: Great Art Endures 50 Years Later

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I cannot let Friday end without commenting on Revolver, which was released 50 years ago today. I didn’t get into the album until after I’d freed myself from the Beatles’ mythology, broadened my own musical tastes, and learned to appreciate the album for its musical merits alone. In context of the ...

Paul Wrote “Hey Jude” for Me

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

You don't listen to great songs. You experience them personally. They feel like they were written just for you. They take on different meaning each time you experience them because as your life changes and the context of the song changes. Sometimes even a song you've heard a million times can ...

Millennials and Old People Rule the Music World

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Music fans have always reserved the right to identify with the popular artists of their time while harshly judging the tastes of the generations that follow them. Those who came of age during World War II had Frank Sinatra, and they recoiled in horror when children of the 1950s embraced Elvis ...

Why the Beatles Are Streaming: Legacy, Baby

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

At a time when news headlines are dominated by disturbing stories about terrorism, social strife, and ugly politics, the world just found reason to rejoice: the Beatles are finally streaming their music. Everyone is reporting the announcement about the Beatles making their beloved catalog available to Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Amazon ...

From Coachella to Jimmy Fallon: Five Ways Classic Rockers Stay Relevant

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Photo credit: Matt Becker, www.melodicrockconcerts.com A bunch of old rock and rollers are the toast of Coachella. AC/DC, rebounding after the loss of two key members, played a set April 10 that earned the band the kind of acclaim and attention that any artist would envy. Stereogum rated AC/DC the best act ...

How Four Teens Taught Brands a Real-Time Marketing Lesson

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

You have probably heard the story by now: a 16-year-old Omaha resident named Tom White is a media sensation thanks to an amateur photo of White grinning with Sir Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett. But Tom White and the three teenagers who helped him create the moment on the streets ...

What Can You Learn From Beatlemania If You’re Not the Beatles?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

"Beatles Bomb on TV." Those were the words the New York Herald Tribune used in dismissing the historic appearance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show February 9, 1964. Yes, it's hard to believe, but the Herald Tribune completely scoffed at one of the most famous moments in television history, which ...

How the Grammys Help Fans Create Visual Stories

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards sparked laughter, controversy, eye rolling, and a lot of conversation in our living rooms, pressrooms, and social media worlds. Beyoncé’s risqué performance raised eyebrows, and Lorde's dance moves caused some serious head scratching. Pharrell's gigantic Smokey the Bear hat generated instant parodies and its own ...

5 Marketing Lessons from the 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Rock concerts for causes have come a long way since George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 and raised $250,000 to help refugees in war-torn Bangladesh. The Concert for Bangladesh was an untelevised rock show (actually two of them) witnessed by 40,000 people in Madison ...

Let us now praise old rock and rollers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

On September 16, B.B. King turned 83, just weeks after releasing his latest recording, the well received One Kind Favor, and on the same day, 59-year-old Lindsey Buckingham blessed us with Gift of Screws, thus continuing a run of great music created by rock, country, and blues musicians who could ...