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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Here’s a listen:

EARLY ROOTS OF JAZZ

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Listen for free. This compilation of rare Jazz recordings has been “Mastered For Streaming,”  making this music headphone friendly for the first time.  The original recordings sound almost new and by eliminating the excessive noises from the original transfer from cylinder or 78 disc. This music has stood the test of time. It’s been carefully preserved from the original recordings by music lovers. The music was recorded when Jazz had just started to receive worldwide attention. These little known songs were selected as essential to the spread of Jazz as a worldwide popular genre. Because of early recording limitations these songs were recorded without a traditional drum kit, which is seems to be a requirement in all  modern jazz recordings. This compilation is an enjoyable romp thru music’s history, and a must listen for serious jazz fans.

 

Artificial Intelligence Music Sucks!!

humanmusic-logobb-1After listening to a song created by artificial intelligence, I was super disappointed. The future of an art form I love was about to eliminate the human factor from it’s creation. I realized the future is here now. Sampling and remixing are the first few steps eliminating musicians. So while music creation becomes a colossal computer programming project, I’ve created a new web site: HumanMusicIntelligence.com. Anyone can listen for free! I hope to keep the “torch alive” for this music created by humans that has stood the test of time.

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

This Year’s Best Rock Book: “Here Comes The Night”

Here Comes The Night by Joel SelvinJoel Selvin has been a preeminent rock music authority in the Bay Area since the 1970s. He founded the “Night Times” (an entertainment paper discussing the East Bay entertainment scene) and from there went to the San Francisco Chronicle, where he covered the Bay Area music scene for decades. We @ Open Source Music are proud to post the podcasts of his radio show.

Selvin has also written many books about music, but his most recently published work is his most fascinating of all. “Here Comes The Night” is a true labor of love. It took him almost 20 years to research and write. The book is about Bert Berns, a major 60’s song writer, music producer, and music label mogul responsible for many rock classics. He wrote “Twist and Shout” and “Piece of my Heart.” He also introduced Van Morrison and Neil Diamond to the world . Rather than review the book for the umpteenth time, here are the highlights of already written praise.

• CLEVELAND.com:
He wrote ‘Hang On Sloopy’ – and dozens of other hits. Meet Bert Berns via this brilliant new bio
He wrote or produced “Twist and Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy,” “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Piece of My Heart.” And you almost certainly don’t know his name. But you’ll know that and a lot more after you meet Bert Berns, courtesy of Joel Selvin, whose biography of Berns represents a masterpiece of research, writing and investigative literature about one of the most influential and little-known songwriters in rock history.

• New York Times: Sunday Book Review
Hit Man: ‘Here Comes the Night,’ by Joel Selvin
Bert Berns the producer is the Phil Spector you’ve never heard of. Bert Berns the songwriter is the Leiber and Stoller you’ve never heard of. Bert Berns… .

• NPR: Obscure Producer’s Clear Impact On ‘The Dirty Business’ Of R&B
Many of the hit-making songwriters of the 1960s are remembered by name: Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Lennon-McCartney, Holland-Dozier-Holland. But the man who wrote (or co-wrote) classics like “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Hang on Sloopy,” “I Want Candy” and “Here Comes the Night…”

• The Irish Times:
Bert Berns: label boss, friend to wiseguys and foe to Van Morrison
“Remembered with equal parts animosity and affection, the Bronx-born music man blazed a trail in an era of industry pimps, visionaries and gangsters.”