With all the interest in the movie Straight Outta Compton, it’s time to revisit my buddy Jimmy Z’s adventures with Dr Dre, Eazy-E, and Ruthless Records.
Was thrilled to hear the surprise guest with the Brides of Funkenstein with Blackbyrd McKnight at Zodiacs in Petaluma last night was none other than Cynthia Robinson, horn player and singer with Sly and the Family Stone. She sang “Everyday People.”
Last time I heard her was at Woodstock.
I have been fortunate to live here. Two of my all time favorite music-related venues in the world were both located nearby, in Mill Valley. The legendary Sweetwater Saloon for live music and the ultimate record store, Village Music. I literally spent many hundreds of hours listening to music at the Sweetwater and thousands of dollars purchasing music at Village Music. Unfortunately, both are now closed due mainly to absurdly high rents. Read More
I am stating the obvious, but I’m still going to say it anyway… This great article by Bethlehem Shoals about the evolution of the song Try a Little Tenderness reminded me about how amazing and fun the internet is, how it has changed the way we learn & discover history, etc. It would have been impossible to deploy this research in this fashion just a decade ago. And its incredible that YouTube has all these different versions of the song: