An archetype of Woodstock-era rock’s self-destructive hedonism, Janis Joplin died from a shot of overly pure heroin as she neared completion of “Pearl.”
By Bruce Sylvester The spirit of the recently departed hovered above last weekend’s 12th annual totally free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It especially honored the event’s founder and funder, Warren Hellman. North Carolina …
Blues Images’ 2013 wall calendar offers vintage illustrated ads for 1920s-30s blues recordings plus as CD of the songs whose ads on the calendar.
Last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival presented the future and long-ago past of American roots music.
This July’s Newport Folk Festival is already totally sold out except for Friday evening’s show by Wilco, Blitzen Trapper, and Megafaun.
By Bruce Sylvester Warren Hellman, banjoist in the Wronglers and billionaire angel of San Francisco’s annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, died of complications from leukemia on Dec. 18. Born in Manhattan on July 25, 1934, into a family of investors …
The totally free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park presents major acts as well as relatively unknown but worthy ones.
By Bruce Sylvester 1956 marked turning points for young Elvis Presley. On January 10 — two days after he turned 21 — he left his Memphis home for Nashville for his initial RCA Victor recording session (Victor having purchased his …
The coolest annual wall calendar I know of comes from the blues fanatics at Blues Images
With Byron Luiters on bass and Nicky Bomba on drums, Butler dug into various facets of the blues (rural slide guitar, then electric urban) without watering down any of their flavors