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And the walls came tumbling down…

Friday’s Saloon is no more. Today, I came across a photo on Facebook, courtesy of WLPO, a radio station in the Illinois Valley (an area 90 miles southwest of Chicago) that showed the building where Friday’s had been located with the roof caved in with debris strewn on the sidewalk. The bar, which for one […]

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On the Passing of Glenn Frey and David Bowie

The other day I saw this Twitter comment someone had left about the death of David Bowie that resonated strongly with me. The person said that the reason we feel sad over the death of someone we never met is that the person touched and influenced our lives through his of her art. No matter […]

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Serious Rock ‘n Rollers

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite photos taken of the legendary Illinois Valley band, The Jerks. There’s no gleaming and smiling at the camera. These boys are serious about their rock and roll. Those were some fun times in the early 1980s when the band was in their nadir and everyone wanted to […]

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The Panama Affair — The Soundtrack

It’s true that when I write, I often see a movie in a mind. And if I am seeing a movie in my mind, I need some music. At the same time, music from a particular period, such as the late 60s for Ice Cream Headache, also inspires me when I write. For The Panama […]

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Classic Album Cover Art: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Starting in the 1970s, when I started buying albums, there were many albums which were defined by the artwork which graced the front and back. Much of the album art was spectacular, intriguing, surreal, visionary, breathtaking and in many instances, simply gorgeous. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (1973) By condensing the sonic explorations […]

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Classic Album Covers: David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

Starting in the 1970s, when I started buying albums, there were many albums which were defined by the artwork which graced the front and back. Much of the album art was spectacular, intriguing, surreal, visionary, breathtaking and in many instances, simply gorgeous. David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars […]

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Classic Album Art: Klaatu’s 3:47 EST (1976)

Starting in the 1970s, when I started buying albums, there were many albums which were defined by the artwork which graced the front and back. Much of the album art was spectacular, intriguing, surreal, visionary, breathtaking and in many instances, simply gorgeous. Klaatu’s 3:47 EST: Once all of the hype about Klaatu being The Beatles  is disregarded, 3:47 EST (aka Klaatu) […]

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Classic Album Art: Electric Light Orchestra’s Eldorado (1974)

Starting in the 1970s, when I started buying albums, there were many albums which were defined by the artwork which graced the front and back. Much of the album art was spectacular, intriguing, surreal, visionary, breathtaking and in many instances, simply gorgeous. ELO’s Eldorado (1974) This is the album where Jeff Lynne finally found the […]

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87 Men and Modern English — It was thirty years ago today

Modern English It was thirty years ago today when 87 Men (formerly The Jerks) opened for Modern English at Augustana College. It was also my best friend, Chris Vasquez’s birthday. That was a fun and wild night that lasted until the next morning.  The lead singer of the band was really cool, coming up to […]

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Geef Voor New Wave

I’m at the gym the other day working out and I’ve got my iPod loaded with classic new wave tracks. When one of those tracks, “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!” by X-Ray Spex comes on, I am immediately teleported back in time, back to December 1980 and January 1981 when I first heard this song on […]

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