About Come Together, Music Matters, and Talking 'Bout My Generation

Hi. My name is Dave Price and I'm the curator of the Come Together: A Music Matters blog.

I'm also the creator, head practitioner, and CEO of Talking 'Bout My Generation, a Washington DC-based writing/speaking/tour guiding practice which focuses on 3 subjects
the Baby Boom Generation classic rock musicissues on aging (especially as they affect men)  A former journalist and educator, I'm a Smithsonian lecturer and author of the book Come Together: How the Baby Boomers, the Beatles, and a Youth Counterculture Combined to Create the Music of the Woodstock Generation.

Before we moved to Crystal City, Virginia (just 3 Metro stops from Washington, DC) 9 years ago, I played keyboards in some of the South Jersey shore/Philly area's loudest, but least legendary rock bands. I retired from live performance in 2007 after my time in Philadelphia classic rock radio station WMGK's house band Final Vinyl.

But that's enough about me.

Let's look at Come Together. So what…

AC/DC, Black Sabbath Tracks Accompany Astronauts into Space

On Saturday, SpaceX made history when they launched astronauts into orbit for the very first time.  NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were onboard the Crew Dragon capsule on top of the Falcon 9 rocket when it blasted-off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  Saturday’s launch came after bad weather prevented the initial lift-off on May 27 – and it’s emerged that on their way to the launch pad last Wednesday, the pair had a playlist which included AC/DC classic Back In Black. To keep reading this article, click here.

Dropkick Murphys with Bruce Springsteen Rock an Empty Fenway Park

With eight musicians in their current touring incarnation — bagpiper very much included — Boston roots-punk gods the Dropkick Murphys are one of the only bands who practically qualify as a mass gathering in their own right. 

But with their Streaming Outta Fenway show Friday night, they managed to put on the loudest, most joyful show of the pandemic era — with help from Bruce Springsteen — while adhering with admirable strictness to social-distancing guidelines. 

All it took was an eerily empty Fenway Park, a few cameras (most of them on flying drones), and a work-from-home rock legend joining in from the studio on his New Jersey farm.

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Looking Back at The Monkees 1st Year

A tiny classified ad in Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter on September 8, 1965, didn’t reveal the name of the group. But it presaged the start of what would become Monkee-mania. The ad from Columbia Pictures’ TV production arm, Screen Gems, offered “parts for 4 insane boys… Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series.” And in boldface type: Have courage to work. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork were cast as The Monkees. The task of choosing song material fell on Don Kirshner, who ran Screen Gems’ music division, soon to be named Colgems. Taping began on May 31, 1966, and on September 12, one year after the trade ads ran, NBC aired the first episode of The Monkees. The series was an instant success and a tremendous vehicle to promote the group’s albums. To keep reading this article, click here.

History and Happenings in Rock - May 31

1962 - The Beatles The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany. During their residency they would play for four-and-a-half hours on weekdays and six hours on Saturdays, with some songs lasting over 20 minutes to fill out the time. 1966 - Monkees Filming began on The Monkees first TV series. The Monkees' first single, 'Last Train to Clarksville' was released in August 1966, just weeks prior to the TV broadcast debut. In conjunction with the first broadcast of the television show on September 12, 1966 on the NBC television network, NBC and Columbia had a major hit on their hands.
1976 - The Who The Who gave themselves a place in the Guinness book of Records as the loudest performance of a rock band at 120 decibels, when they played at Charlton Athletic Football ground. 1977 - Sex Pistols The BBC announced a ban on the new Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' saying it's, "in gross bad taste". And the IBA issue…

Rockers Born on This Date - May 31

1938 - Peter Yarrow Peter Yarrow, singer-songwriter from American folk group Peter Paul and Mary, who had the 1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.2 single 'Leaving On A Jet Plane'. The Bob Dylan song 'Blowin' in the Wind' was one of their biggest hit singles. They also sang other Dylan songs, such as 'The Times They Are a-Changin'' and 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right'.
1948 - John Bonham English drummer John Bonham from Led Zeppelin who had the 1969 US No.4 single 'Whole Lotta Love'. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven, has sold over 37 million copies. He is regarded as the greatest and most influential rock drummer of all time. Bonham died on September 25th 1980 aged 32 after choking on his own vomit.

Rock History and Happenings - May 30

1964 - The Beatles The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Me Do', the group's fourth US No.1 in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo Starr played the drums.
1968 - The Beatles The Beatles began recording what became known as The White Album. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.
1980 - Carl Radle Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.

Rockers Born on This Date - May 30

1964 - Tom Morello American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist Tom Morello, guitar, from Rage Against The Machine, who had the 1996 US No.1 album Evil Empire. With Audioslave the 2005 US No.1 album Out of Exile. Morello was most recently a touring musician with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Rock Happenings and History - May 29

1961 - Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Travellin' Man'. Sam Cooke turned the song down, the B-side was the Gene Pitney song 'Hello Mary Lou' which became a double A side UK No.1.

1962 - Chubby Checker
Chubby Checker won a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording for ‘Let's Twist Again’ and Ray Charles won Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for ‘Hit The Road Jack’.

1969 - Crosby, Stills and Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut on Atlantic Records label. It spawned two Top 40 hits: 'Marrakesh Express' and 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'.

1971 - Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Brown Sugar', from Sticky Fingers. The first single released on Rolling Stones Records, it was the bands sixth US No.1, and a No.2 hit in the UK. The songs lyrics, which are essentially a pastiche of a number of taboo subjects, include:…

Rockers Born on This Date - May 29

Gary Booker
Gary Brooker, English singer, songwriter, pianist and founder and lead singer of the rock band Procol Harum who had the 1967 UK No.1 and US No.5 single A Whiter Shade Of Pale. (one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies) and scored the hits 'Homburg', 'Conquistador'. Brooker founded The Paramounts in 1962 with his guitarist friend Robin Trower and has also worked with Eric Clapton, Alan Parsons and Ringo Starr.

Mike Porcaro
Mike Porcaro, bassist with American rock band Toto who had the 1980s Top 5 hits 'Hold the Line', 'Rosanna', and 'Africa'. The band has released 17 studio albums, and has sold over 40 million records worldwide. Porcaro died on 15th March 2015 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease)


11 Classic Rock Driving Songs

Your bags are packed, the car is gassed up, and you’re ready to hit the road. Years ago, the founding editor of Guitar Worldoffered us a list of 10 great rock driving songs. Over time, Best Classic Bands readers suggested some key omissions to his list. So on this new edition, we’re turning it up to 11… as in eleven classic rock greats to drive to. Don’t go looking for Golden Earring’s “Radar Love,” The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” or ZZ Top’s “La Grange” on this list. They’re all on that earlier story. So lock the doors, strap in and turn the music up. To keep reading this article, click here.

A Look at 13 Number 1 Albums from 1968

In 1968, music buyers were still purchasing plenty of singles, with rock bands like The Doors, the Rolling Stones and The Beatles sharing the Top 40 airwaves with popular vocalists like Bobby Goldsboro and Judy Collins and soul hits from Otis Redding and O.C. Smith. Here’s a recap of 1968’s #1 albums in the U.S., including many classic rock favorites, as determined each week by Record World. Thirteen different albums claimed the top spot this year; each had a story to tell. Two artists in particular, The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, dominated the charts. To keep reading this article, click here.

Rock History and Happenings - May 28

1966 - Percy Sledge Percy Sledge started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When A Man Loves A Woman'. A No.4 hit on the UK chart and No.2 when re-issued in 1987. Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning, using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.
1968 - Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival released their debut album. The band had played for years as the Golliwogs, Saul Zaentz who had bought Fantasy Records offered the band a chance to record an album on the condition that they change their name. The album features an 8 minute version of the Dale Hawkins song 'Suzie Q' which became the band's only To…

Rockers Born on This Day - May 28

1910 - T-Bone Walker American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, T-Bone Walker who was a pioneer and innovator of the jump blues and electric blues sound. His most famous song, 'Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)' was released in 1947. He died of bronchial pneumonia on 16 March 1975 at the age of 64. 1917 - Papa John Creech American blues violinist Papa John Creech, with Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna. He had also worked with Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Nat King Cole. He died in 1994 aged 76.
1945 - John Fogerty American musician, singer, and songwriter John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival who had the 1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single 'Bad Moon Rising', plus ten other US Top 30 hits and the 1970 US & UK No.1 album Cosmo's Factory. After CCR parted ways in 1972 Fogerty had a successful solo career.


An Interview with Gary Brooker of Procul Harum

Watch a promo video for “A Whiter Shade of Pale” with footage from from 1967 There are few debut singles in rock history as memorable as “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” with its Bach-meets-soul melody and mysterious lyrics. The song, which has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, topped the U.K. singles chart and peaked at #5 in America—it was nearly as ubiquitous in 1967 as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, whose creators were among those who raved about the band that recorded it, Procol Harum. For the next 10 years, with an ever-changing lineup, Procol—as they were often called—remained prolific, turning out an unbroken string of classic albums including their self-titled debut, Shine on BrightlyA Salty DogHomeBroken Barricades and 1972’s Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, which, at #5, became their highest-charting LP in the U.S. Following a handful of underrated releases through 1977, Procol split up, then reunited in 1991. A version of…

Rock History and Happenings - May 27

1957 - Buddy Holly Buddy Holly and the Crickets released 'That'll Be The Day' which became a UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing. Wayne's frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, "that'll be the day" was the Inspiration behind the song. It was also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently became The Beatles
1977 - Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want to Talk About It'. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the Brit…