Never A Dull Moment By David Hepworth

Cheap Thrills (Big Brother and the Holding Com...
Cheap Thrills (Big Brother and the Holding Company album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have debated in my mind which year was best for rock music. I am torn between the years 1967-1971. These were formative musical years as a child of the sixties maturing into the 1970s.

Starting with 1967, the year of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Then 1968 brought us Van Morrison‘s classic Astral Weeks and Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin.

1969 was pivotal for my life as I graduated high school that year. The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair changed the world. Rock albums from Led Zeppelin and Santana pushed multi-dimensional sound.

Then 1970 ushered in the era of the singer/songwriter with Sweet Baby James by James Taylor. Contrast that soft music genre with the electric jazz fusion of Miles Davis‘s Bitches Brew.

Nantucket SleighrideThe capstone of the music period from 1967-1971 was 1971.  This year rose prominently in the music of our heart. I loved the dichotomy of Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death versus Nantucket Sleighride by Mountain.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to a book by David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and well-regarded critic, I have validation. The book David has written, Never A Dull Moment, 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded substantiates 1971’s contribution to rock history with concrete authority.

If you are a fan of rock history and its sociological impact on the rhythm of our existence you must read this book.

ZaFTIG – The Zappa Family Trust Issues Guide

I finally found  the definitive guide to all 100 Frank Zappa recordings, ZaFTIG – The Zappa Family Trust Issue Guides by Edward Komara, Contributor, Scott Parker. I trust it will increase the depth of my appreciation for Zappa’s compositional genius.

The author, Edward Komara possesses a job I envy. He is a full-time music librarian and music historian. Imagine working at something you love to that level and getting paid for it.  I try my best to approximate my music contribution with this music blog. Alas, I am employed as a part-time educator and instructional technologist in the field of computer technology.

Mr. Komara has motivated me to self-publish a music book I have developed for 12 years. ZaFTIG was published with the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (an Amazon company).