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March Through Time: Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is one of the world’s most popular songwriters and performers. He’s also one of the wealthiest, and with good reason. His solo work continues to this day, but most fans focus on the live shows (if they can afford the ticket prices). Rather than attempt to cover his entire output, I’ll confine my

March Through Time: John Lennon

For many years after his tragic death, it was considered bad form to utter or write so much as a critical word on the subject of John Lennon’s body of work. His presence looms large in popular music to this very day, though he’s remembered primarily as a Beatle and a cultural icon. With the

March Through Time: Led Zeppelin

When I was a kid, I didn’t “get” Led Zeppelin. In those days, they were so ubiquitous on the radio that there was no reason, I believed, to buy their records even if you did like ‘em. It wasn’t until the release of In Through the Out Door that I was won over. And it

March Through Time: Klaatu

Klaatu may have benefited to some degree by the rumors of them being the Beatles-in-disguise, but the backlash to the hype ultimately did them no favors. Try, if you can, to forget the hype. The group released five albums between 1976 and 1981, and four of them are very, very good indeed. Klaatu aka 3:47

March Through Time: King Crimson

I first discovered King Crimson in my freshman year of college. They had just reunited in their four-man configuration (Fripp, Belew, Bruford and Levin), and I found them thanks to my interest in Belew, who had been a Zappa sideman. I liked Discipline a lot. Meanwhile, around that time a friend in my dorm hall

March Through Time: George Harrison

This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk The saying applied to The Who’s John Entwistle – about him being a very good songwriter in a group that already had a great one

March Through Time: Genesis

This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk Let’s get this out of the way right up front: I respect Phil Collins as an artist, but I have little use for the pop

March Through Time: Emerson Lake & Palmer

This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk The prog trio people love to hate, ELP were undeniably a polarizing force. At their best they were thrilling, innovative and wonderfully melodic. At their

March Through Time: Electric Light Orchestra

This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk I’ll always have a special place in my heart (and record collection) for Electric Light Orchestra. The first rock concert I ever attended was one

March Through Time: Crowded House

This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk One of the most popular bands in the world somehow missed catching on in the United states. The failure of Crowded House to become as