## ODonnellWeb – Tag Music

Is This Thing Still On?

Posted on 09/07/2016 in misc • Tagged with Personal, Travel, Camping, Music

I'd feel guilty about not writing here for four months, but it's not like I have any readers left to notice. If you are reading this leave a comment here, or on Facebook or Twitter, just so I know somebody still visits this blog.

August 19th was my 25th anniversary …

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The Story of That Guy from Anthrax

Posted on 06/01/2016 in misc • Tagged with Books, Music

I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax

Scott Ian's autobiography is entertaining enough. It's not The Dirt about Motley Crue, mostly because Anthrax was never quite that crazy on the road. The most interesting element of Scott's story to me was the thread of financial insecurity that …

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Born In The USA

Posted on 05/30/2016 in misc • Tagged with Music, Politics

I can’t claim to be a big Bruce fan, and in fact Born in the USA may be the only Bruce album I’ve ever owned. I do appreciate his music a lot more now that I’m older, and I probably should revisit his catalog. Anyway, I was …

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2016 M3 Rock Festival

Posted on 05/03/2016 in misc • Tagged with Music

Summary - I survived another M3 Festival

I’ve survived another M3 Rock Festival. This year I skipped Friday because the line up didn’t seem to be worth the effort of getting up there in Friday traffic. Based on the Facebook comments about Vince Neil’s performance, I probably made …

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Ron Keel Life On The Streets

Posted on 01/25/2016 in misc • Tagged with Books, Music

Even Keel: Life On The Streets of Rock and Roll by Ron Keel

It's not the worst rock and roll autobiography that I've read. Ron never really got over the hump to the big time, but it certainly wasn't for lack of trying. A lot of the stereotypical elements are …

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Worst Songs On Tom Werman Produced Albums

Posted on 11/19/2015 in misc • Tagged with Music

I listened to this really great interview with record producer Tom Werman on the commute this week. It's highly recommended for all my music nerd friends. One secret that he gave up is that he always put the worst song next-to-last on side two of the album. I think you …

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My Uncensored Life In Rock by Sammy Hagar

Posted on 10/21/2015 in misc • Tagged with Books, Music

Sammy Hagar

Image source https://flic.kr/p/eN6eiL - used under a CC BY 2.0 license.

Sammy's life follows the standard trajectory for a rock star. He grew up poor with an abusive parent, barely finished high school, got the lucky break, and rode that break to a life of fame …

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When Is The Band No Longer The Band?

Posted on 05/19/2015 in misc • Tagged with Music

As a fan of a music genre where most of the artists are a few years older than me, this question has become important. If you are in an 80s band and are still touring with only a fraction of the original (or classic) lineup, at what point are you …

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How Axl Rose Killed Hair Metal

Posted on 05/17/2015 in misc • Tagged with Music

Appetite For Destruction Album Cover

Way back in 2008 I wrote that Guns N Roses was the band that killed "Hair Metal." Hair metal can be a pejorative term, but what I mean by that is essentially melodic hard rock in the 80s, as opposed to speed metal or progressive metal or any other sub-genre …

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2015 M3 Festival Wrap-up

Posted on 05/03/2015 in misc • Tagged with Music

In 2013 we went up to M3 just for Saturday. Last year we did both days, but drove home both nights. This year, we got a room and stayed in the area. Something else that was different this year is that it wasn't just Breck and I going to a …

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It's So Easy and Other Lies

Posted on 04/30/2015 in misc • Tagged with Books, Music

It’s So Easy: and other lies by Duff McKagan

Who knew Duff was the smart one in Guns N Roses? I was really surprised by how insightful this book was. Duff started out as a drunk and stoned punk rocker from Seattle. I’m surprised he remembers so much …

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Get In The Van

Posted on 02/28/2015 in misc • Tagged with Books, Music

Get In The Van by Henry Rollins

I really wanted to love this book. However it took me over a month to get through it. It’s not that it’s bad or poorly written, it’s more that it’s painful to read. I’ve never had depression or …

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Blank Space Covers

Posted on 01/22/2015 in misc • Tagged with Music

Somebody is making big bucks posting covers of popular songs on YouTube

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Recent Books, records, and movies

Posted on 10/05/2014 in misc • Tagged with Books, Music, Movies

Catching up on media reviews

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Dan Baird - Circus Life

Posted on 07/05/2014 in misc • Tagged with Music

Who said rock and roll was dead?

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2014 M3 Music Festival

Posted on 04/30/2014 in misc • Tagged with Music, DC

A weekend of 80s metal

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Willie Nile - American Ride

Posted on 07/22/2013 in misc • Tagged with Music

Willie Nile is on a roll

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Queensryche - Queensryche

Posted on 06/29/2013 in misc • Tagged with Music

Queensryche returns with a vengeance

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M3 Music Festival Wrap-Up

Posted on 05/05/2013 in misc • Tagged with Music

The M3 (mostly) rocked!

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The Way Life Goes

Posted on 04/30/2013 in misc • Tagged with Music

Tom Keifer delivers a very solid album

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