In 1962, record companies considered live albums to be pointless; why would someone want the same songs he already has just because they’re from a concert?
Of all the anniversaries in 2011, it’s no exaggeration that one of the most crucial is also one of which few rock fans are aware. But this year marks the 45th anniversary of the invention of funk, in the hands of the only man on earth who could have invented such a beast.
The 1940s was a watershed decade for labels such Chess, Imperial and Aladdin. But King Records ruled the indie circuit, thanks largely to owner Syd Nathan.