Little Richard

Little Richard claims to be the “architect of rock’n’roll”. Why? Because, as the man himself says, we must remember that he was recording as early as 1951, before Elvis. True enough, but it seems that Little Richard forgets that Big Joe Turner made his first record (“Roll ‘Em Pete”/”Goin’ Away Blues”) on December 30, 1938…Read More

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When the soldier returns from the wars, even though he has white hair, he very soon finds a young wife. But a woman has only one summer; if she does not make hay while the sun shines, no one will afterwards have anything to say to her, and she spends her days consulting oracles that…Read More

The Fountainhead

As it has been stated many times in different interviews and biographies, the band Collective Soul took their name from a phrase in the ground-breaking novel The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. In her novel, Rand explores the philosophy of objectivism, wherein she tells the story of idealistic Howard Roark, an architect who struggles to be…Read More

The Grapes of Wrath

A portrait of the bitter conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of a woman’s quiet, stoical strength, The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature, one that captures the horrors of the Great Depression as it probes into the very nature of equality and…Read More

Rock ‘n’ Roll History Lesson #3

So far, I covered the different meanings of the phrase “rock’n’roll” and songs that highlight those meanings. I have shown that white artists embraced black styles decades before Elvis emerged on the scene and that rockabilly clearly existed in the 1940s but that it was called hillbilly boogie. It’s now time to feature some blues/R&B…Read More

Rock ‘n’ Roll History Lesson #2

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ow that we’ve cleared up the history of the phrase “rock’n’roll,” let’s examine some more musical examples. I want to begin this mailing with a quote from my favorite music writer, Nick Tosches. The following comes from his amazing book, ‘Unsung Heroes Of Rock’n’Roll: The Birth of Rock In The Wild Years Before Elvis’. The…Read More

Rock ‘n’ Roll History Lesson #1

In July 2004, America celebrated the “fiftieth anniverary of rock ‘n’ roll,” for it was fifty years earlier, on July 5, 1954, that Elvis Presley recorded his first record, “That’s All Right” for Sun Records. I was inspired to feature songs, styles and artists to support my theory that Elvis did not create rock ‘n’…Read More