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Author Archives: Michael Dregni

The Who

Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 Live In Hyde Park 50 Years: The Official History
 
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  If you’ve been feeling low on the Who, there’s a cornucopia of new releases, from video to music to an official book authored by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. And if that isn’t enough, their 50th Anniversary tour is on (more…)

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The Grateful Dead

Fare Thee Well
 
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The hubbub over the Dead’s final runs of shows has finally quieted down, only to be replaced by the expected array of video and sound recordings of the events. And the various packages are equally monumental in scope, from the basic three-CD, (more…)

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Univox Uni–Fuzz & Super–Fuzz

Full, Fat Fuzzzy
 
Univox Uni–Fuzz & Super–Fuzz

Pete Townshend sent many a guitar and amp to an early grave. But there’s no known evidence of him doing the same with effects pedals. Never mind that spearing a Rickenbacker through the heart of a Hiwatt provided much more Shakespearean drama than stomping on a lowly stompbox. Perhaps, though, he simply didn’t need to […]

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Supro’s Thunderbolt S6420+

35 Watts on a Gold Platter
 
Supro’s Thunderbolt S6420+

Supro’s Thunderbolt S6420+ Price: $1,599 (list) Contact: www.suprousa.com Upon introduction in 1964, the Valco-made Supro Thunderbolt Model S6420 was a misfit. Like Fender’s 4×10 Bassman, it was designed “exclusively for the electric Bass guitar [sic],” according to catalog copy. Further, the Thunderbolt was decked (more…)

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Buick 6

Plays Well With Others
Rocks Well With Others
 
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You’re likely wondering, just who is this Buick 6 and who do they play well with? Good questions. The trio is Lucinda Williams’ backing band, which has also become her opening act for many a show since the release of Williams’ 2014 double (more…)

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Bob Dylan

Dylan Goes Electric! and The Cutting Edge 1965-1966
Dylan Goes Electric!
 
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Oh, the shock! The outrage! The betrayal! Truth is, no one should have been surprised when Bob Dylan and his electrified band took the stage on the evening of July 25, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival and proceeded to blow (more…)

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First Guitar of Rock and Roll

Scotty Moore’s Gibson ES-295
 
Scotty Moore’s Gibson ES-295

Like a hound dog hit by lightning, the first notes of rock and roll blasted out of radios across the country in July of 1954, courtesy of Elvis Presley’s supercharged-hillbilly singing on “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon Of Kentucky,” backed by Scotty Moore’s guitar. It was the twang heard ’round the world. That guitar […]

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KJ Audio Hanwell 50

Shake The Walls
 
KJ Audio Hanwell 50

KJ Audio Hanwell 50 Price: Head $1,900; cabinet $1,600 Contact: www.kjaudio.com No apologies: Minneapolis-based amp designer Kristopher Johnson’s Hanwell 50 boutique amp is built to rock. The amp was inspired by the four-input, 50-watt Marshall JMP MKII Master Volume amps of the mid (more…)

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Homegrown Tone 420

Legalized Tweed
 
Homegrown Tone 420

Buzz Feiten Blues Pro Price: $1,799 (list) Contact: “Homegrown Tone Amps” on facebook.com Can’t get enough hemp in your life? Then you may need some Homegrown Tone. These boutique amps are built by the partnership of Kenji Numata and Dale Campbell in their Missouri workshop (more…)

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Six-Strings, 60 Years Ago

A Likely First
 
Six-STrings, 60 Years Ago

Had he survived to this day, Elvis Presley – cultural icon extraordinaire – would be 80 years old. The man who would rise from very modest means to become arguably the greatest star of any generation was the first true rock and roll front man/heartthrob. Blending the gospel music he heard as a child in […]

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