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Is Southern Rock Dead ? by Joe Clem

 Howdy from ol’ Skydog ! First off, let me tell you a little about myself...or more correctly, my selves. Then you’ll understand my answer. My dominant self is an old Southern Rocker...born and bred on Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, and the like. I grew up (and still live) in South Carolina, home of The Marshall Tucker Band and the site of the last show of the original Skynyrd band. Southern Rock was the soundtrack to my growing up in the South of the 60's and 70's. ... more



Los Lobos:  How Did the Wolf Survive? by Mark Guerrero

Los Lobos have been the most successful Chicano rock band of all time. They’ve managed to achieve a level of success and maintain it continuously for over 15 years.  Aside from their commercial success, they seem to consistently be a favorite of the most respected rock critics.  They are equally adept on their rock & roll instruments as their traditional Mexican acoustic gear, and sing and play authentically in English and Spanish. it


Cannibal & the Headhunters:  1960s Chicano R&B Hitmakers by Mark Guerrero

The story of Cannibal & the Headhunters is nothing short of a Cinderella story.  Four teenage Chicanos from public housing projects form a group and within a year have a national hit record and are touring with the greatest pop group in history, the Beatles.  It all started in 1963 with Robert “Rabbit” Jaramillo and Richard “Scar” Lopez singing together at Rabbit’s house in the Ramona Gardens housing projects. ...more here


CD and Concert Review: “Thee Midniters Greatest” by Mark Guerrero

It’s finally here! After years of legal obstacles, “Thee Midniters Greatest” is available.  There have been bootleg collections in the past, but this is the real thing.  The CD has 20 songs, including their classics “Land of a Thousand Dances,” “Whittier Blvd.,” “That’s All,” and “Sad Girl.”  It’s on the Thump Record label, which also is the current home of eastside Chicano rock bands El Chicano and Tierra.  Thee Midniters, with Little Willie G. on lead vocals, were the kingpins of East L.A. rock in the 60s.  . ... continue 

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