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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s of Rock’n’Roll – V is For Virgin (And Other Assorted Labels)

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by segarini

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Everyone always has something to say about record labels. The majors suck, how come indie labels get so much money from Factor, OMDC, Radio Starmaker (insert government funds here), you’re better off not being with a label. Actual labels, attached to a piece of vinyl, were once a beautiful thing.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock’n’Roll – Here’s Lookin’ At U Kid

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2014 by segarini

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I just found out that I will be part of a panel during Indie Week (http://canada.indieweek.com/) on Friday October 17th. At 1:00 PM in the Windsor Room at the Bond Place Hotel we will be discussing how to get press for your Indie Film. As well as a conference for independent bands. Indie Week also hosts the Reel Indie Feel Festival (with screenings at The Royal on College) and they will kick-off with the documentary “Born To Ruin” from Brendan McCarney. We had the world premiere of this film in June during the NXNE Film Festival and it is a very gutsy and honest look at life within a band, that band being Toronto’s Wildlife. Check the Indie Week website for some other great films.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock’n’Roll – Tommy Can You Hear Me?

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2014 by segarini

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I should really take another look at Ken Russell’s 1975 film “Tommy”. As you grow older a lot of the things you disliked in your youth are much better with a little more maturity. I doubt my opinion will change as I really despised the film although love the album.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock’n’Roll – Same As It Ever Was

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2014 by segarini

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The more things change the more things stay the same. I have been in this business for a very long time (not as long as Bob Segarini and Frank Gutch but I think I might get the DBAWIS bronze medal). In the seventies I spun records at Toronto’s “Nuts’n Bolts”, worked at Quality Records and wrote for The New Music Magazine, Shades, Bomp! and a few other magazines. Flash forward to 2014 and I am spinning records at The Kensington Lodge, working for Blue Sapphire Records and 45 Records and writing for DBAWIS and FYI Music News.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock’n’Roll – Stop Me If You’ve Red This Before

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2014 by segarini

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Red is a very rock’n’roll colour. Red was part of the official uniform of Loverboy. Sammy Hagar is the red rocker. Elvis Costello knows the Angels wanna wear my red shoes, while the other Elvis was more concerned about his blue kicks, and Andrew Matheson has a thing for red shoes from Italy. Let’s colour this week’s column red.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s of Rock’n’Roll – You Never Give Me Your Money

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by segarini

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Wanna feel old? The track, “You Never Give Me Your Money”, was being recorded by The Beatles on this very day 45 years ago. Of course it would appear later in 1969 on their last true album recorded by the entire band “Abbey Road” (“Let it Be” was released later but recorded before “Abbey Road”). It wasn’t the first time the Fab Four had sung about the root of all evil, “Money (That’s What I Want)” appeared on “With the Beatles”, but it would be the last time.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC of Rock’n’Roll – What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2014 by segarini

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I love rock’n’roll, and when I say I’m in love you must believe I’m in love L.U.V.. You can’t hurry love, can’t buy me love, love is all around. I’m in the mood for love, let my love open the door. Love is a many splendored thing. I love L.A., I love New York. Chuck E’s in love, real love.  How deep is your love? I believe in a thing called love, addicted to love, love is the answer. The best of my love.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock’n’Roll – Something For Everybody

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2014 by segarini

CamIf you are a regular reader of DBAWIS you know there is something for everybody posted here almost daily. Bob has assembled a crew that is second to none and knows the latest cool band playing at Cherry’s or The Bovine as well as the guitar tunings used in the studio by Paul Revere & The Raiders on the B-side of “Kicks”. Want to know what writing for “The Tonight Show” was like? Got it. What it’s like to interview a Beatle? Got it. Have you ever dreamed of getting drunk with Jim Morrison or Dave Grohl? Been there, done that.  Want to know the catalog number of a certain Klatuu album? We don’t need to Google that. Love the past and present scenes in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Los Angeles, Hamilton and the Pacific Northwest? We can take you into the past, and, well into the future. We’re young, we’re old, we’re boys, we’re girls.  Bob Segarini, Frank Gutch Jr., Jaimie Vernon, Nadia Elkharadly, Roxanne Tellier, Darrel Vickers, Justin Smallbridge, Gary Pig Gold, Doug Thompson, Alex Payne and yours truly comprise a pretty compelling dirty dozen. Something for everybody.

And speaking of everybody……

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock’n’Roll – L is for Looking Back, Looking Forward

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2013 by segarini

Camharry-bensonThe Harry Benson show/sale at the Liss Gallery is extraordinary. The world renowned photography has captured popular culture for just over fifty years and as I am 54 he has captured many of the figures that have had an impact on me. His series with The Beatles is fantastic, and is the focus of the show, but it was the other images that caught me by surprise. andy and biancaThere are great stage photos of The Who, The Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand, as well as shots from the set of The Godfather. The biggest, and priciest photo in the collection is a shot of Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger, it can be yours for $25,000.00. Jacquie O and JFK are represented as are O.J. Simpson, Dolly Parton, Roman Polanski and Jack Nicholson. It is a stunning collection.

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