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The Highest Peaks on RockPeaks

June 30th, 2011 · 20 Comments · Music, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Here’s the (Route) 66 greatest musical performances ever captured on film — after watching thousands of clips and reviewing hundreds of them for RockPeaks, this is the best of the best . . . And it tells a story, one complete show of shows, in a sequence of greatness . . . Blessing the blast is Johnny Clegg bringing Nelson […]

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Festival Express

April 24th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Grateful Dead, Movies, Music

Here’s an article I wrote on the film Festival Express, published in Relix Magazine, April 2004. Drivin’ That Train . . .         The Festival Express Rolls Again After 30 Years by Brian Hassett   “That was the best time I’ve had in rock and roll,” said Jerry Garcia. “There were no straight people.” In the […]

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Alice Cooper, Dr. John & Tom Waits Rock n Roll HoF Inductions — What They Play & What They Say

March 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Music

 Got live if you want it . . . The last great Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. There’ll never be another with as many key, great musical artists in one year. The following is a customized composite of tweets, blogs n news reports on the untelevised Induction ceremony, including sequence and set-lists, […]

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Dylan at Kool Haus in Toronto, March 21, 2004

February 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Music

Long slow line winding around industrial waterfront of Toronto, on Lake Ontario, minus about 20 with the wind-chill, waiting to go into big square industrial box to absorb some very organic music. Beers, you could smoke, and it wasn’t over packed. He comes on about 8:35 wearing big white cowboy hat, and black western show […]

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John Lennon — In the Night, and in the Light

December 7th, 2010 · 44 Comments · Music, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

. NYC, Dec. 8th, 1980 . . . the 3rd month and 3rd day in New York City, America, for this 19 year old kid.  My first week in town I went to the free Elton John concert in Central Park.  He played Imagine, and introduced it with, “He can probably hear us right now,” referring […]

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The Boys at the Garden

November 21st, 2010 · 7 Comments · Grateful Dead, Music, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

I’m just stunned. Speechless. Maybe it was the set-up, cuz i was thinkin early on … this ain’t happening, this is sad, capitalizing on their name and what they’d done. . . . and then . . . . . . . :-0 they were playing Dylan’s “Infidels” as the warm-up music!!!! The whole album, […]

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Smokin’ Charlie’s Saxophone

September 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Music, New York City, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a poem I wrote about the eternal spirit of New York City . . . including the ever-present ghosts of Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady . . . turned into a jazzy song by Will Hodgson and The Mighty Manatees, and played here with special guests Walter Tate Jr. on sax and Jason […]

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The Springsteen – Dylan Moment at Shea Stadium, summer ’03

August 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Music, New York City

The Bob Night at Springsteen . . .   I noticed that no one seems to be talking about Bruce’s Dylan rap moment. So, first Bruce returns after the 1st round of encores, “And I’m thinking, ‘Okay, if anybody’s comin out, this is it.’”  Being a New Yorker, I’m always pullin for this, there being […]

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Melissa Etheridge at Live Earth, 07/07/07

August 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · Music, Politics

After Christina Aguilera’s performance of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s World” at the Grammys, this is one of the more transcendent performances by any musician I’ve seen in years.  Or ever.  This woman’s a channel, for sure. “Live Earth” was the most watched event in human history, the single event experienced by more people at […]

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Barefoot In Babylon — autographed

June 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

I’m looking for an autographed copy of the book “Barefoot in Babylon” by Bob Spitz, about the Woodstock ’69 concert. It has all sorts of autographs in it of people who were at Woodtsock ’69, many of them “To Brian” I am that Brian, and have been looking for the book since it disappeared from […]

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I’m Not There — “Tarantula” meets “Chronicles” in “Masked & Anonymous” prequel

March 3rd, 2009 · 11 Comments · Movies, Music

  I’m Not There — film review “Life is a crazy, dark circus.” FANTASTIC, inspired filmmaking. (I gotta look for more Todd Haynes.)  Maybe I was super-well prepared for it by this late date, but as it was, I could easily follow it, and it painted a brilliant million-dollar-picture. Obviously the unsuspecting could be caught off […]

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Brian’s Online Video Collection

September 28th, 2008 · 24 Comments · Brian on YouTube etc., Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Movies, Music, New York City, Poetry, Politics, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a bunch of online video clips   Here’s a full YouTube Playlist of all the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” excerpts performed live at 10 different shows, in the order they appear in the book . . .  . Here’s the full & funny “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” show at The Beat Museum’s […]

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Captain Bob’s Arresting at Copps

August 22nd, 2008 · No Comments · Music

1. Cat’s In The Well (Bob on keyboard for whole show) 2. It Ain’t Me, Babe (Bob – nice harp solo) 3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again 4. Girl Of The North Country 5. High Water (For Charlie Patton) 6. Just Like A Woman 7. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ 8. Tryin’ To […]

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“Shine A Light” — the new Scorsese Stones concert film

March 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments · Movies, Music

It opens Friday, April 4th.  Here’s some info on it . . . Shine A Light  (2008) The Rolling Stones, with Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell, Blondie Chapman, Bernard Fowler & Lisa Fischer, and a 4-piece horn section led by a wailin’ Bobby Keys. Special Guests:  Buddy Guy, Christina Aguilera, Jack White Directed by Martin Scorsese […]

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The Grammy’s 50th Party

February 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Music, Politics

Holy muthr jezus of gawd!  What just happened?!  Herbie Hancock just won Album of The Year! Herbie, besides everything else in his brilliant career, was a key to the “Yes We Can” Obama video.  And the guy climaxes the Grammys, saying, “Yes, We Can” from the stage when he wins.  I’m freaking out. you can see […]

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Christina does James Brown on Grammies

February 9th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Music

did you see Christina Aguilera deliver the James Brown tribute at the Grammies?  I assume you did.  Here’s a little gift 4 u if not. . Here’s my full RockPeaks review on the matter:  http://www.rockpeaks.com/video/a/Aguilera-Christina/Grammy-Awards-2007/Its-A-Mans-Mans-Mans-World . I dunno what you think of a 20-something white chick doing the music industry’s tribute to The Godfather of […]

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HippieFest ’07 — Toronto

February 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Music

. . “I mean, tickets come to about a dollar per supergroup.”  Ian Tyson, in Festival Express.    same idea  +  inflation  =  last night   hearing, “Come and get it, but ya better hurry cuz it’s goin’ fast.”    my momma always said, “Life is like a multi-act rock show;  You never know what […]

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Neil Young at Massey Hall – Nov 27, 2007

February 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Music

The Tour Set-List . . .  opening act:  Pegi Young (8 songs, with a 3-piece band)1st set – acoustic, Neil solo on guitars, banjo, upright piano, organ/synth.   From Hank To Hendrix – w/ harmonica,  Harvest Moon (’92!)  the only non-oldie he plays, * Ambulance Blues – On The Beach Sad Movies – never on […]

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