## Roxanne Tellier – Ain’t Gonna Play Sun City

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Bruce Springsteen’s refusal to play North Carolina because of new, drastic LGBT laws might have shocked some people, but it didn’t surprise me at all.

## Doug Thompson: ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE MISSES THE MARK…..AGAIN!

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Rolling Stone Magazine recently released their latest ‘list’, “The 100 Greatest Songwriters” rollingstone.com).  Let me repeat that title, “The 100 Greatest Songwriters”.  Their descriptive line states “From Brill Building tunesmiths to Punk poets, from Woody Guthrie to Max Martin, the visionaries who defined music history.”

## Roxanne Tellier: My Toronto – Part Two

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Toronto was a different place in the late 1970’s and early eighties. Although it’s easy to look back with rose coloured glasses, it was, in fact, a watershed time for Toronto musicians. Everywhere you turned, you were surrounded by outstanding music, made by dedicated and very talented players, who enjoyed the freedom to create their art, and make a living at the same time.

## Roxanne Tellier: Sad Day In Texas

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2013 by segarini

Fifty years on, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy still sparks painful memories in the hearts and minds of North American Baby Boomers. Where were you on November 22, 1963, when the American “Camelot” ended?

Kennedy was an impossibly exotic vision to the families of the 60’s. He was the first Irish Catholic to be elected President, something that at that time seemed as impossible as there ever being an African American in the White House. (Or a woman, for that matter, but that will happen too.) He was young, a war hero, from a large and seemingly happy family, and he seemed so very much what we all wanted our families to look like.

## JAIMIE VERNON – MY LIFE WAS SAVED BY ROCK AND ROLL

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by segarini

This week legendary musical curmudgeon Lou Reed died at the age of 71 following complications related to a liver transplant this past May. Within minutes of the initial announcement by Rolling Stone magazine the InstaFaceTwitterverse was abuzz with condolences and skepticism that it might possibly be a hoax. But after a few hours of confirmation and critical mass the news became ever too real. The King of Kool, the Dean of Dark, the Earl of Emo, had indeed died.

## Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock’n’Roll – I is for Iggy and Lou

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by segarini

It was probably this 1972 Mick Rock photo (Pictured below) that first alerted me to Lou Reed. I would have been 13 at the time and I imagine it appeared in Rock Scene or Creem! magazine. It may have been my first real impression of Iggy Pop as well, just being in the company of David Bowie made them both cool in my eyes. At that point I didn’t know who the Velvet Underground was and I didn’t own a Stooges record. Like any great artist Bowie led me to many others.

## Roxanne Tellier: A Victim of Fashion

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2013 by segarini

After writing about fall’s wonders two weeks ago, it was odd to wake up that Monday to the beginning of a week of Indian summer. Sunny and mild, the weather was perfect for the celebrities and guests swarming Toronto’s streets for TIFF. The beautiful people and their entourages swanned in and out of event venues in their little black dresses, smart cocktail gowns, and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

## JAIMIE VERNON – A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2012 by segarini

I can’t help thinking about New York right now. They were part of a long, sweeping plan by an angry Mother Nature to be stamped out by hurricane Sandy. They weren’t the only ones. The eastern US seaboard was targeted and subsequently attacked with a weather system unseen since, well, hurricane Katrina destroyed the Gulf coast not that long ago. That storm destroyed my favourite city in the world – New Orleans. Now Sandy has destroyed my second favourite city – New York. That’s not to take away from the devastation in New Jersey or those who lost their lives on the replica of the HMS Bounty that sank off the coast of the Carolinas. Those stories remain sobering as do the deaths of those people, mostly on Staten Island, killed in the wake of the ocean’s fury.

## Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock – L

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by segarini

This week goes out to LL Cool J and his debut album “Radio”.
Lou Reed – Rock n Roll Animal

When this album was released in 1974 I was not much of a Lou Reed fan, and, with a few exceptions, not a fan of live records. Being at a concert was one thing but most live albums left me cold.