Thursday, December 28, 2006

Undercover - James Brown Funeral This Saturday

Undercover - James Brown Funeral This Saturday

The funeral service for the Godfather of Soul James Brown will take place in Augusta, Georgia this Saturday (December 30, 2006).

At a press conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced that he would be conducting the service for Brown at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

The body of Brown was flown to New York where it was placed in state at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. There will be another viewing on Saturday prior to the funeral service.

73 year old Brown died of heart failure following a bout of pneumonia in the early hours of Christmas Day.

The singer was hospitalized just a few days earlier and talked about how he was going to be well enough to perform his New Year's Eve show at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York. The show was to be the start of his 2007 U.S. tour.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Cream Classic Artist Docu DVD




Friday, December 15, 2006

Music Legend Ahmet Ertegun Dies, Aged 83

Music Legend Ahmet Ertegun Dies, Aged 83

Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, has died in New York after suffering head injuries from a fall at a Rolling Stones show on October 29.

Ertegun, considered to be the best in the music business, had been in a coma since the fall.

Dr. Howard A. Riina, Mr. Ertegun's neurosurgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, said, "Mr. Ertegun suffered a severe brain injury after he fell in October. He was in a coma and passed away today with his family at his bedside."

Born on July 31, 1923 in Istanbul, Turkey, Ertegun founded Atlantic Records in 1949 with his brother Nesuhi as an independent label. Producer Jerry Wexler joined in the 60s and developed the label into the world's premiere R&B label with artists like Ray Charles, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown and The Drifters.

It was around this time that Ahmet was also dabbling in songwriting and wrote the hits 'Chains of Love' and 'Sweet Sixteen' under the pseudonym A. Nugetre. His best known song under that name was 'Mess Around', one of the first major hits for Ray Charles.

Ertegun had the best ears in the business and in the late 60s, the sound of Led Zeppelin grabbed him. He signed Led Zeppelin to Atlantic and sent the label in a new rock direction.

Next came Crosby, Stills & Nash followed by the jewel in his crown, The Rolling Stones. Ertegun personally negotiated the Stones deal with Mick Jagger.

It is ironic but somewhat fitting that Ertegun's life has ended at an event that signaled one of his greatest achievements. The Rolling Stones show on October 29 was for President Bill Clinton's 60th birthday. The show was held at the Beacon Theatre on Broadway.
Ahmet died with his family by his side. He will be buried in a private ceremony in his native Turkey. A memorial service will be conducted in New York after the New Year.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Airships Of The Past (Zeppelin) Bluidmerl Production

Strange Daze

Strange Daze
David Crosby, The Doors of Perception

WHEN BRITISH AUTHOR ALDOUS HUXLEY penned The Doors of Perception (via William Blake) in 1954, he could not have foreseen the eventual neverending phalanx of Jim Morrison fanatics who'd someday seek to glean meanings from his work. These latter pilgrims spawned by the mid-80s lionization of Morrison -- a period bookended by boomer "It was 20 years ago today ..." revisionism; Danny Sugarman's memoirs; Lizard King posturing from rock frontmen such as Bono, Michael Hutchence and Axl; and The Lost Boys and The Doors -- may or may not be sated by Elektra/Rhino's new Doors box set Perception. The box art features an old fashioned wooden door with peephole -- spy through and the vintage miens of Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore gaze back at the listener. Right away, this makes clear the desire to preserve the Doors in amber. Yet so much has occurred in music, pop culture and politics since Morrison's death in 1971 that it becomes harder and harder each year to dig just what made this famously bass-less band so incendiary in the late 1960s and early '70s. And reissuing the albums -- The Doors, Strange Days, The Soft Parade, Waiting For the Sun, Morrison Hotel, L.A. Woman -- in DVD format only juices sound geeks.

The latter LPs particularly suggest one had to be there, awash in the era's druggie cults -- as Huxley's essays centered on his mescaline use, acid was the key conduit to these songs' inner worlds. For my part, beyond Strange Days, it's difficult to grasp the pre-smack Mojo Risin' spirit powerful enough to inspire Patricia Kenneally-Morrison's Keltiad. But then again there's the popularity of such Doors songs as "Five to One" in hip-hop Nation -- see Jay-Z, Mos Def, Cee-Lo. Still, sans narcotic crutch, some of this music becomes unintelligible and self-indulgent. Standout tracks of blues simulating L.A. Woman -- including the title cut -- are so far above and divergent from the weird and lackluster poesy filler they seem to exist on a completely different plane. And none so much as the Doors' likely masterpiece: "Riders On the Storm." At 7:07 of perfection, the sultry, dark sonic reverie is powered by mournful electric piano and thunderstorm effects; the foretold shamanistic experience is finally made manifest. What's exquisite about its earthiness and quiet never diminishes, and "Riders" truly attains the threshold of the mysticism Morrison aspired to.