BEST MUSIC FILM THIS YEAR

Bang! The Bert Berns Story is strong.

The Music is GR8! The Story compelling.

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We highly recommend it.

It’s based on the book Here Comes The Night.

As someone who remembers this era, the songs in the movie were the soundtrack of our lives. For one man to make such a large contribution to my soul in such a short time is truly remarkable. The movie made me realize how radio and jukeboxes (the new technology) were responsible for my early music upbringing.  Plus I thought of how much money I spent on jukeboxes that never made its way to Bert. There is much to enjoy and think about in this film.

Please help me repay my cultural debt to a great record man and extraordinary songwriter. GO TO SEE THIS FILM.

There will never be another Bert Berns.

Sharing My Xmas Gift of Music

Eric-DinThis Christmas I got a rare gift of music from Eric Din, singer/songwriter, founder of The Uptones. It seems he made a special recording of four songs he wrote recently titled Peace And Love And Rock And Roll part 1. He recorded the songs at Michael Rosen’s East Bay Recorders, and then he sent the EP as a gift to his Xmas list. What a great gift! Right after I got used to fact that this sounds nothing like The Uptones I loved this recording. It’s a solid rock record!! The songs are magnificent! I’ve spoken to Eric and he’s ok with me sharing one song with you.

I chose the title track. Give a listen. Gr8 guitar work! Gr8 song! Love the sentiment!

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“A Top-Notch Enjoyable Listen!”

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JOEL SELVIN’S “ALTAMONT” HITS THE BEST SELLER LIST!!!

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San Francisco’s and Open Source’s own music expert Joel Selvin‘s current book, Altamont, has found itself on the best seller list. Joel has written the definitive account of that dark day in rock’s history. He explains how a murder could occur in front of 300,000 music fans, without any witnesses.

Joel’s account of the events of that fated festival is riveting. The book takes us thru the preparation for the event to its conclusion with all the details only a newspaper man like Joel could smoke out.

Let’s support Joel!!! Buy the book.

USA Today says: “Headlined by the Rolling Stones and managed, more or less — mostly less — by the Bay Area minions of the Grateful Dead, Altamont was something of an evil twin to the summer’s momentous Woodstock festival in New York.”

Check out all the great reviews:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/why-altamont-was-doomed-w432536

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2016/08/20/altamont-the-rolling-stones-the-hells-angels-and-the-inside-story-of-rocks-darkest-day-book-review

http://www.houstonpress.com/music/inside-altamont-new-book-looks-back-at-rocks-darkest-day

https://ww2.kqed.org/forum/2016/08/17/joel-selvin-on-rocks-darkest-day

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3735249/Inside-one-Rock-n-Roll-s-darkest-days-Altamont-concert-featured-Rolling-Stones-Grateful-Dead-saw-overdoses-Hells-Angels-brutality-murder-happened-Mick-Jagger-s-greed-new-book-claims

http://bestclassicbands.com/altamont-joel-selvin

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20160817/FEATURES

http://www.sfchronicle.com/books/article/Prelude-to-Altamont-disaster-Stones-visions

http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/Taking-another-look-at-the-bloodshed-of-Altamont

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2016/08/20/altamont-the-rolling-stones-the-hells-angels-and-the-inside-story-of-rocks-darkest-day-book-review

http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Altamont-by-Joel-Selvin

Can A Song Questioning The Use Of Guns On T.V. Be Entertaining?

T.V. Guns is currently: “My most favorite song, I’ve ever produced.”  It’s also one of the most meaningful songs I’ve been involved with.

It’s amazing, in my lifetime, just how much music has changed things. I think as a society we should all be concerned with glorification of guns on T.V. and video.  The golden age of smoking in film was bad enough. Is the world we live in now going to be known as “The Golden Age of Gun Abuse On Video?”

Eric Din, the songwriter of T.V. Guns, is always making a point about the world he lives in. This entertaining song is so topical, and Eric’s voice is so intelligent. Give it a listen:

The Berkeley California Ska band, The Uptones have always made their opinions about the world we live in known, while still rocking out. A feat that very few can achieve without sounding pompous.

I’m such a fan, I’ve seen almost all their recent shows.

It’s also been my pleasure to help this song become realized.

-Matthew King Kaufman