Tobogganing On Topographic Oceans

It was a warm autumn afternoon that I stumbled into the rambling topography of a murky ocean replete with Mayan pyramids, fish swimming in mid-air, and a four part suite about…um, something to do with Hinduism. I was still in my teens, a new student at the University of Florida, and it was the first…

When Bad Album Covers Happen to Good Albums (Part 2)

And the journey continues on from Part 1….. Pity poor John Martyn. He went into the studio in the early 90s to re-record some of the best songs from his career for a new album.  Not satisfied with the results, he went back in the studio to give it another go. Meanwhile, his record label…

Yes Is The Answer (And Other Prog Rock Tales)

[A short, unpublished piece I wrote a year or so ago about the book Yes is the Answer (And Other Prog Rock Tales), edited by March Weingarten and Tyson Cornell (2013)] “Yes is the answer.” But what’s the question? Maybe: Why is progressive rock – one of the most reviled, dismissed, sneered at and laughed…

“Having a Boogie” at The Vinyl Library

There was a time when the idea of a vinyl library, or at the very least, vinyl in the library was not an unusual concept.  Up till sometime in the 1980’s it wasn’t uncommon to find records in university and public libraries.  I also remember hanging out back then at a special listening library at…

No Earthly Connection

I’ve had a long-time interest in the art of the record album cover (and cd covers, etc.).  I’ve got quite a few books on the history of album covers, showcasing everything from the minimalist designs of ECM records to the psychedelic era of the 60’s. In all these books, however, some worthy examples of artistic…