Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drums and Rock ‘n’ Roll by Carmine Appice

He ran with teenage gangs in Brooklyn before becoming a global rock star in the Summer of Love. He was managed by the mob, hung with Hendrix, trashed thousands of hotel rooms, unwittingly paid for an unknown Led Zeppelin to support him on tour, taught John Bonham (as well as Fred Astaire) a thing or two about drumming, and took part in Zeppelin’s infamous deflowering of a groupie with a mud shark. After enrolling in Rod Stewart’s Sex Police, he hung out with Kojak, accidentally shared a house with Prince, became blood brothers with Ozzy Osbourne, and got fired by Sharon. He formed an all-blond hair metal band, jammed with John McEnroe and Steven Seagal, became a megastar in Japan, got married five times, slept with 4,500 groupies—and, along the way, became a rock legend by single-handedly reinventing hard rock and heavy metal drumming.

Carmine Appice has enjoyed a jaw-dropping rock-and-roll life—and here he is telling his scarcely believable story. Co-written with Ian Gittins, the coauthor with Nikki Sixx of the New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries, Stick It! is one of the most extraordinary and outrageous rock-and-roll biographies of our time.

West, Bruce and Laing

Since I posted about Leslie West’s upcoming album, Soundcheck I have been listening intently to Mountain, Cream and the supergroup in between, West, Bruce and Laing.

I recall the early 70’s on WNEW-FM, NY City’s progressive rock station. It was Scottso, Scott Muni who premiered West, Bruce and Laing in November, 1972. I had just started attending community college. We had a student lounge with a Marantz receiver connected to a Bose shelf speaker. I would arrive there early because it was a superior sound system to the hi-fi I had in my bedroom.

West, Bruce and Laing was a hardcore rock trio performing with piss and vinegar. I loved the tradeoff between Bruce and West. They were equally strong vocalists. Corky Laing’s drumming style accented their interplay.

Why Dontcha is the album you want to play, loud!

The Evolution of Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez drummer and composer has evolved superbly from sideman to leader. I am proud of his achievement and recognition. I have been a fan of Antonio Sanchez percussive style ever since I saw him drum live with The Pat Metheny Group on the Speaking of Now tour in 2002. He left a lasting impression on me the two times I have seen him perform with Pat Metheny.

Image Copyright Bob Wyllie Photography, 2015

I witnessed the movie Birdman last night. I was swept along again by Antonio Sanchez’s drum compositions. His sharp accent helped to transfix my attention to Michael Keaton’s dilemma.

Perhaps that was Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s intent. In any case it totally worked. I hope you get to experience the film and its incredible soundtrack. Be prepared for an exhilarating flight.

Antonio Sanchez and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Photo courtesy of Antonio Sanchez

Marbles – John McLaughlin, Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana

Yesterday I wrote about The Electric Church. I have been thinking more about Buddy Miles‘s discography and playing his recordings on Spotify. “Marbles” is an instrumental recording that Mr. Buddy Miles was involved with on two separate recordings.

I have a passion for the instrumental recording “Marbles” authored by John McLaughlin. Buddy Miles was the session drummer on the vinyl recording Devotion (Douglas Records, 9/70) which introduced “Marbles”. This instrumental is as psychedelic and trippy as the cover below.

Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana shared an affinity for John McLaughlin by performing “Marbles” together for their live concert album,  Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! ‎ (6/72).

 

 

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I Squee for Love Music Again, Wired Interactive Magazine!!!!

Kudos to the Wired Magazine team and Questlove for a well executed focus on digital music and technology. Questlove has become the center point, the grounding agent for music this decade. He is listed as guest DJ on the vibrant cover of the March 2014 issue.

Questlove is more than just a guest DJ as you are probably aware. He has written two extensive books, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove and Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a GenerationHe is a music professor at NYU Clive Davis teaching a course entitled Classic Albums.

He is leading The Roots as Jimmy Fallon’s house band on The Tonight Show. There are many more music projects Questlove has been involved with and is working upon. How does he juggle these projects is what I want to know 😉

Wired Magazine is available as a Webzine on the Wired Website. It is also available as the classic print edition from Conde Nast Publications. I especially love the technical inroads Wired Magazine has accomplished with Adobe Digital Publishing Solutions as an interactive digital magazine.

I first read the “love music again” special issue as the print hard copy magazine. The color photography by Pari Dukovic is superb. Questlove and the Wired team lead by Peter Rubin have created a visual graphics design masterpiece that is a marvel to discover, explore, discover and gain substantive resources that will increase your music intellect.

I followed up with Wired’s Website but I found the music essay too chopped up in chunks to appreciate that particular deliverable.

The preferred reading and multimedia experience is the Wired App from iTunes. The Wired Magazine March 2014 “Digital” edition is better integrated with Wired Web. It also inserts Questlove video links that embellish the content exponentially. You’ll love the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00’s, 2014 Spotify/YouTube playlists as a backdrop. (The playlists are also accessible through Questlove’s essay on Wired.com.)

I had an exciting and pleasurable journey with Questlove/Wired Magazine today through all three media experiences. What an awesome way to share music published technology. I am better informed and educated as a result of this experience.

Each one, teach one, spread it around forever – Questlove

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Narada Michael Walden – Thunder 2013

Wishing I could be in Oakland, California at Yoshi’s tomorrow evening September 5th to attend the pre-release party for Tarpan Record’s owner and consummate artist, Narada Michael Walden‘s album. Thunder 2013. Know that I am there in spirit. My enthusiasm goes out to my friend Steffen Frantz, who I am proud to share with the readers of this music blog, recently became President of the Tarpan Records label. I wholeheartedly agree with Narada Michael Walden’s choice for his top executive 🙂

Thunder 2013 is due to drop on Tuesday September 17th. It’s a vibrant recording with a unique depth of soul that peacefully envelops the music of our heart.

“Brother Narada’s new sound is young and vibrant. Listening to Thunder, is uplifting and transforming! Narada’s vision is powerful with lots of soul. It is a tapestry of vibrant ideas, universal tone and the great vocal hooks that he is known for. This album rocks hard-core with supreme light and raw energy divine.” – Carlos Santana

My favorite track so far is “Dreams of Vinyl” 🙂

I last saw Narada Michael Walden live at Madison Square Garden on February 18, 2010. He was playing drums for Jeff Beck that evening. The group featured selections from Jeff Beck’s Emotion, Commotion, months before its release. I was  totally blown away by what I heard and experienced.

I get a similar feeling plus more from Thunder 2013. It has great feel flow. Give it a listen on Sound Cloud, you’ll crave the vibe 😉