Tuesday, January 18, 2011

RIP OF THE DAY 1-18-11

Don Kirshner, the veteran music mogul who shepherded songs from a monstrously talented stable of young writers to the top of the pop charts in the 1960s, launched the career of the Monkees and then became a familiar face to millions of rock fans as impresario of his late-night music TV series in the 1970s, died Monday of heart failure in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had lived for the last decade, a family spokeswoman said Tuesday. He was 76.

In the early days of our families betamax lifestyle, my brother would record lots of late night TV for he and I to watch. As a little kid in elementary school, I got to see SNL, Second City TV, the Kenny Everett Video Show, and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. These were my first exposure to tons of great music and bands I otherwise would not have known about like T Rex, the Clash, Devo, and of course the list goes on and on. I know I still have that old betamax here somewhere... and probably all those old tapes too.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


The old man's back again... and he's even older today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCOTT WALKER!