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The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: Any other stories from that time period you’d like to share? Perhaps the one about Jimi Hendrix showing up at RCA while you were working on Brotherhood Brotherhood? Phil “Fang” Volk: [Keyboardist] Lee Michaels would often hang out with us at Drake’s pad for the jam sessions, or join

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: When you and I had our conversations that formed the basis of my Brotherhood history (and the revised/updated liner notes for Brotherhood: The Complete Recordings), one of the subjects we touched upon was the series of informal jam sessions that took place at Drake Levin‘s pad. Due to space

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part One

I’m a big fan of the music and story of Paul Revere and the Raiders. The group was one of the most prominent in 60s pop culture, but they’re somehow forgotten all too often these days. I’ve written extensively on the band over the years. In my research several years back, I discovered that three

Album Review: The Warlocks — Skull Worship

For many years now, it’s been a shortcut to hip/trendiness (for some, at least) to claim that your group sounds like the Velvet Underground. But merely echoing some of the sonic signatures of another group doesn’t guarantee any particular level of quality. The vibe, so to speak, is far more important. And so it is

Album Review: New Model Army — Between Dog and Wolf

New Model Army are one of those groups whose body of work has gone all but unnoticed in the USA while enjoying some measure of success in the band’s home country of England. Their 1984 debut Vengeance hit #1 on the UK indie charts; neither that nor any of the band’s subsequent eleven studio albums

Album Review: Night Beats — Sonic Bloom

Modern perspectives on 60s garage rock have littered the musical landscape in the 21st century. But I’m reminded of an oft-repeated response to all that by a friend of mine. Upon hearing the latest band claiming to faithfully re-create the garage rock vibe of 1965-68, he often remarks upon the result, saying something like, “Aww…that’s

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: With Creedence Clearwater Revisited, you and Stu Cook and the guys pretty much run through all of the hits. You’ve been playing those songs hundreds of times a year for well more than forty years. And you look and sound like you’re having a ball, not merely going through

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Continuing on that point, if I may. As much as I like the Golliwogs and Blue Velvets material, musically it – especially the earliest tracks – really doesn’t sound a lot like what we’d eventually come to know as the Creedence Clearwater Revival sound. Not just because Tom was

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part One

The catalog of Creedence Clearwater Revival has been issued, reissued, repackaged, re-re-packaged, and re-re-issued more times than I can count. Just a few years ago – 2008 – all of the group’s Fantasy LPs were reissued on CD as part of a “40th Anniversary” marketing push. Those reissues were each appended with relevant live bonus

News on a Long Awaited Reissue

Readers who check out my writing more than occasionally will know of my keen interest in the music and the history of Paul Revere and the Raiders. One of my earliest memories – as a toddler in Poughkeepsie, NY, an hour or so north of New York City – is seeing a group of Revolutionary