The Hot Rats Book: A Fifty-Year Retrospective of Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats

A movie for your ears – Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats album was released 50 years ago today, October 10, 1969. A magnificent recording that compels us to listen to it over and over again.

December 15th, The Hot Rats Book by Bill Gubbins and Ahmet Zappa launches via Backbeat Books celebrating the 50th anniversary of Zappa’s Hot Rats album.

The commemorative book will feature previously unpublished photographs by Gubbins. He was the only photographer permitted to document the record’s studio sessions.

The book also includes an interview between Ahmet and Gubbins about the album. It also covers the last Mothers Of Invention US show. That event took place on August 10, 1969, at Cleveland’s Musicarnival.

Ahmet says: “These books provide another way for fans to connect with Frank Zappa. They give a fascinating window into Frank’s mind and the ideas he came up with throughout his career.”

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ZZ Top – That Little Old Band From Texas

Produced by Emmy award-winning Banger Films, ZZ TOP: THAT LITTLE OL’ BAND FROM TEXAS , a story of how three teenage bluesmen Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard became the biggest, most beloved band on the planet. ZZ Top maintains a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years on.  

The film in addition has an intimate performance at legendary Gruene Hall shot exclusively for this documentary. “That Little Ol’ Band” above all runs the gamut, from squalid Texas bars to MTV heroics. This documentary in conclusion is the extraordinary tale of a band whose image we know and story we don’t.

All Four Historic Hendrix, Band of Gypsys Performances At The Fillmore East, Newly Mixed by Eddie Kramer

Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are proud to release Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts by Jimi Hendrix, on CD and digital November 22, with a vinyl release to follow on December 13. This collection assembles all four historic debut concerts by the legendary guitarist in […]

Source: Expansive CD & LP Box Sets Present All Four Historic Hendrix Band of Gypsys Performances At The Fillmore East Newly Mixed by Eddie Kramer – That Eric Alper

Watch Choir! Choir! Choir! & Patti Smith sing “PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER” in NYC with Stewart Copeland – That Eric Alper

Use Your Voice!

On April 13, 2019, Patti Smith and Stewart Copeland (on percussion) joined Choir! Choir! Choir! at Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, co-presented by The Public Theatre and Onassis USA. Together, they sang Patti Smith’s anthem “People Have The Power” with a sold-out crowd and Stewart Copeland played percussion, specially a Brazilian samba frying pan!

Source: Watch Choir! Choir! Choir! & Patti Smith sing “PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER” in NYC with Stewart Copeland – That Eric Alper

Van Morrison – Three Chords And The Truth

Van Morrison’s new album, Three Chords And The Truth will be released on Exile/Caroline International on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download October 25th 2019.

The first track from the album, Dark Night of The Soul was released online everywhere today (Wednesday 18th September). Listen here

Three Chords And The Truth features the tracks:

  1. March Winds In February
  2. Fame Will Eat The Soul
  3. Dark Night Of The Soul
  4. In Search Of Grace
  5. Nobody In Charge
  6. You Don’t Understand
  7. Read Between The Lines
  8. Does Love Conquer All?
  9. Early Days
  10. If We Wait For Mountains
  11. Up On Broadway
  12. Three Chords And The Truth
  13. Bags Under My Eyes
  14. Days Gone By

Delbert McClinton – Tall, Dark, & Handsome

Someone recently posed me their favorite question, “What is the first thing you read when you wake up?” My answer was music e-mail I receive on a daily basis from many sources. I love to learn what is new in music for the day.

Today’s update was an e-mail from Blues Blast Magazine & Delbert McClinton. Delbert released a new recording on Friday 7/26/2019, Tall, Dark, & Handsome.

I didn’t own any albums by him so I made the determination that Delbert’s newest recording would be the perfect accompaniment for my morning walk.

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