Tom’s Book Club 2

Finding three more different people in the music business would be difficult, but they are the subjects of current books. Two are autobiographies that end at crucial turning points in their respective life. The third is a life spanning biography of Wilson Pickett, for...

Rocky Millino Jr.

In many ways, Pleasantside Blues lives up to its title. Certainly, it’s blues, but it isn’t a heavy statement of blues purity, or overwrought, or has something to prove. There is no agenda, no campaign. It is, uh, pleasant. Which is not to damn it with...

love; forever changes

What.s your favorite album? I’ve been asked that a few times in a career as a music critic that spans 43 years. Makes sense. After all, I have a massive record collection and have heard many thousands of records. Plus, I’m still curious. I want to hear...

The GEORGIA STRAIGHT

THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT The hippie rag grew up. Sort of. It started in May, 1967, with four founders, Pierre Coupey, Milton Acorn, Stan Persky and Dan McLeod responsible for publishing the first issue. Originally, it was associated with the underground press and...

Steve Jensen

I like the fact that this record exists. It’s not supposed to. The chosen method of hearing music is streaming. Even downloading, the choice of a few years ago, is sagging, never mind CDs. CDs are supposed to be dead while vinyl, which CDs were supposed to...

Bookends: Paul Simon

Graham Wood wants to set the record straight. Now retired and living in Mission, Wood was the self-described “go-to-guy in the folk scene” in Britain during the early to mid 1960s. Meaning, he was a booking agent of several folk clubs and apparently...

Paul Anka

I’ve never been a fan of Paul Anka, but I was curious. So I read his autobiography. My Way, and that affirmed an impression I’d long had of him. Smart, astute, observant and a keen student, not only of pop music but the behaviour of people. The book had...

Perks

I sit here wondering what to do with Roland Nipp’s gift of a BC. liquor board certificate. It is a thank you to me for reviewing his album, The Cool Of The Dawn. I like him and his recordings because his approach to playing instrumentals on electric guitar...

Fraser Park Restaurant

I’ve been going to the Fraser Park restaurant for close to 20 years, so I should know its name by now. I think I’ve finally got it right but in the past I’ve called it Fraser Foreshore Restaurant, Fraser Hill Restaurant, Fraser View. Other...

THE BOOK CLUB 1

Chrissie Hynde’s aversion to needles probably saved her from being one of the junkies that infest her drive to become a rock star. In her autobiography, Reckless, Hynde is unapologetic about  her drug taking while she is on her way to putting together what...