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Anything But Pretenders

Vintage Pretenders is, in a way, a lot like vintage Rolling Stones. Both are fronted by charismatic people who can overshadow the absolutely fantastic band...

Blues Rock

Gregg Allman, 1947-2017

Check out this very insightful and interesting interview in Rolling Stone of Warren Haynes, who was in The Allman Brothers Band for 25 years. (Haynes also is...

Rock

Music is Everywhere

Spin posted an article yesterday describing a staged variety show being planned by David Byrne. The program will be presented at Town Hall in New York City on...

Rock

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

H/T: Ed A. Anything is complicated if you think about it long enough. Take tribute bands, for instance. In some cases, it’s easy. But what about a...

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.