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Chicago’s Musical Memory

On a recent visit to Chicago I didn’t get the sense that Chicago memorializes their native (or adoptive) musical sons very diligently. This article confirms this impression: worth following the links in this article. This recently released collection by Rhino commemorates Curtis Mayfield’s 50 years as a solo artist and this year marks 20 years since Mayfield’s…

Brian May on Rory Gallagher

Brian May nails it — the man and the musician. Both men of taste and decency. (A postscript: May mentions Donal, Rory’s brother who talks here about Rory: We went down to see Muddy and his band playing in a New York club called Ungano’s. The gig was very badly attended by the public, but it…

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter, blues guitarist, dies aged 70 (Below, the first JW album I heard, very different from much that dominated the charts in ’73. In particular his performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test was striking). bluesguitarJohnny Wintermuddy watersmusicRolling Stones