Archive for Kim Fowley

Cameron Carpenter: Past and Present Tens – If There’s A Rock’n’Roll Heaven

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2016 by segarini

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It only makes sense that every year more and more of the musicians I grew up with pass away. Last year, and especially the last few months, we lost a lot of greats. This is just the tip of the 2015 iceberg but here are ten that will be missed.

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Pat Blythe: Cherie Currie….The One and Only Cherry Bomb

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2015 by segarini

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Let’s go back to September 25 and a late night visit to Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘n Rolla Cabaret and Lounge. With my sisters in tow, we ducked into the club so I could introduce them to the exquisite Cherish Stevenson, the club’s owner and gracious hostess, and give them a small taste of the nightlife in Toronto. Cherish pulled me aside to let me know Cherie Currie was playing the club and would I be interested in shooting the event. It took me a nanosecond to say yes, I’d love to.

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Pat Blythe: Women of Rock – Part Two

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2015 by segarini

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I have been slowly getting to know my fellow writers, conversing with them through Facebook, email and over the phone. A what! Yep, a real live telephone. You know, those devices that allow you to actually hear what the other person sounds like while enjoying honest-to-goodness dialogue. Fingers seem to do more walking and mouths less talking these days. We are no longer an oral society. The world of banter, tete-a-tetes and nattering have gone the way of such foods as pineapple upside down cake. (remember those) Mmmmmm……

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Guest Columnist: John Brower – Kim Fowley’s BIGGEST Contribution to Pop Culture

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2015 by segarini

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(Editor’s Note – Not wanting to make yesterday’s Kim Fowley Tribute any larger than it already was, I left this out, but realized today what a fine remembrance it is, and how absolutely essential Kim was to our musical history and culture. This addendum is an eyewitness account of Kim’s magic from another madman, my good friend and slightly crazed pop culture icon himself, John Brower….)

Kim Fowley left us this past week but he will always live on in the hearts and minds of so many millions who were the beneficiaries of his talent and generosity. I am proud and honored to be among them.

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Segarini: Kim Fowley Part Two – The King of Hollyweird

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2015 by segarini

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Part One “A Hick in Hollywood” Can be found here.

America has always had a place in its fickle little heart for novelty songs.

Songs like (I’m) Henry the Eighth (I am) , Who Let the Dogs Out, and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer are just a few you may be aware of, However, novelty songs go back a lot further than those three.

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Segarini: Kim Fowley Part One – A Hick in Hollywood

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2015 by segarini

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All the world loves an Oddball. The history of Pop Culture is full of creative iconoclasts and nutcases, drama queens and bad boys, deviant dilettantes and dangerous dreamers. Taken at face value, they more often than not get a chuckle and derogatory and sarcastic evaluation from most of us, and then end up affording us the pleasure of unique viewpoints and out-of-step entertainments that not only catch our attention, but alter both the creators and consumers of popular diversions.

On January 15th, 2015, we lost one of the last, great, madmen of music. A boy in a man suit that was such a freak, even Frank Zappa didn’t want him in the Mothers of Invention.

…but he performed on the Freak Out album anyway.

What the Freak wants, the Freak gets.

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Frank Gutch Jr: No Small Children, More Fun With 45s, Notes and Maybe A Few Other Things… Maybe

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2013 by segarini

FrankJr2A couple of years ago— well, maybe a few now— I spent a summer reading and hearing about how this Sheryl Crow track (I can’t think of the title at the moment) was the anthem of the summer and captured everything good about the season.  When I finally heard it, my mental jaw dropped.  I could not believe that anyone could hear anything inspiring about the song or the performance.  It was decent enough, I suppose, but it didn’t make me want to sing or dance or hit the freeway with the top down and sing along at the top of my voice.  That’s what an anthem is supposed to do, right?  Inspire?

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