Two Years of Musoscribe: Paul Revere & the Raiders
To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs.
I love Paul Revere & the Raiders; at its best, their music is emblematic of the zeitgeist of the mid 1960s. I’ve written a lot about them and related topics, and more – my biggest project to date, in fact — is in the works.
- The Complete Columbia Singles collected (onto three CDs) all of the a- and b-sides the group recorded for Columbia.
- In 2010 I wrote an expansive cover story for Shindig! Magazine about the Raiders.
- I actually drove all the way to Branson MO to meet Paul Revere. Here’s that story.
- Phil Volk was the bassist for the Raiders during their most popular period. Here’s what he’s up to in 2011.
- After Phil left the Raiders, he formed Brotherhood with ex-bandmates Drake Levin and Mike “Smitty” Smith. I’ve written a major feature on that band; it will be in print later in 2011 in Ugly Things Magazine. The story behind the story is pretty interesting in and of itself.
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About the Author
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.