Deeper Digs in Rock: There Was A Time - James Brown, The Chitlin’ Circuit and Me with Alan Leeds
Christian gets on the good foot with Alan Leeds tour manager for James Brown for many years (along with Prince, D’Angelo and Chris Rock), who has just released his memoirs working for Mr. Brown called, There Was A Time: James Brown, The Chitlin’ Circuit and Me from Post Hill Press. A behind-the-scenes look at the Chitlin' Circuit during America's most vital period of soul music - from the eyes and ears of a young Jewish kid from Queens who joined the team of the hardest working man in show business and learned the art of the music business at the hand of the performer who mastered it.
In the mid-'60s, Alan Leeds was a young DJ looking for his way into the music business. An interview with James Brown to promote a local show in Virginia led to an opportunity to promote one of Brown's concerts, which then led to Brown hiring him to help run his tours. Soon Leeds was wearing many hats and traveling around the country as Brown battled a complicated web of local promoters and managers, all too willing to try to rip him off.
In this riveting book - part memoir, part history - Leeds weaves a wholly new and remarkable portrait of Brown as an idiosyncratic iconoclast, determined artist, and forceful businessman. It is a rare look into a world little known to white America immediately following the Civil Rights Movement. Leeds discovers that Brown is a fascinatingly complex man, and their experiences, both business and personal, range from emotional to humorous. All the while, they navigate the complicated world of popular black music in America, told by someone who actually lived it.Alan Leeds (born January 26, 1947) is an American music executive, tour manager, production manager, writer and archivist best known for his work organizing performances and concert tours for artists such as James Brown, Prince, D'Angelo and Chris Rock. In addition to his career in management for artists, Leeds is recognized as an award-winning writer and music archivist. Leeds received a Grammy Award for Best Album Notes in 1992 for his work on the James Brown compilation Star Time. Leeds also penned the liner notes for the 1993 Prince box set The Hits/The B-Sides, and cowrote The James Brown Reader with Nelson George.
Alan Leeds was born in Jackson Heights, New York.Leeds' music career began as a music writer. He first became involved with James Brown as his publicity director in 1969, and worked as Brown's tour manager from 1970 to 1973. Beginning in 1983, Leeds managed tours for Prince during the peak of his commercial and artistic success, notably including the Purple Rain Tour. Leeds' work with Prince culminated in his eventual naming as president of Prince's vanity label Paisley Park Records in 1989.Leeds' career as a tour manager continued with D'Angelo, managing the successful Voodoo Tour in 2000. This was followed by stints with a variety of other artists, including Raphael Saadiq and The Roots. Leeds has also been involved in the curation of the James Brown: The Singles collections, and has spoken at events commemorating Brown's career and accomplishments.
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No Filler Sidetrack: Army of Anyone
Three years after the dissolution of Stone Temple Pilots, Dean and Robert DeLeo joined forces with Filter frontman Richard Patrick in 2005 to form the short-lived supergroup Army of Anyone. The band's debut single "Goodbye" peaked at number on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart, but ultimately the veterans of 90s era grunge and alt rock didn't have the staying power against the nu-metal groups that then dominated the charts.
Army of Anyone - "Goodbye"
Army of Anyone - "Stop Look and Listen"
El Ten Eleven - "With Report"
Exmag - Low Tide
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The Imbalanced History of Rock and Roll: The Doors - Denizens Of Dreamscapes
The Doors were a groundbreaking band that changed the rules in so many ways. They made their mark, burned brightly, then faded after Jim Morrison's death. This week The Imbalanced Brothers talk about the spark, their era, and the ways their legacy continues in the 21st century! Ladies and gentlemen, from Venice Beach, California... THE DOORS!!!
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Let It Roll: Hardcore Punk Ignored Corporate America
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes author Steven Blush to discuss his book “American Hardcore: A Tribal History.” Nate and Steven talk about the angry, loud and disaffected scene of the early 1980s which managed to change the course of American culture despite the active opposition of the music industry.
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Rock's Backpages Ep. 67: Warren Zevon + Miles Davis' Bitches Brew + Dusty Springfield
After its enforced break, the RBP podcast returns for its first remotely-recorded episode. Mark, Barney & Jasper — all splendidly self-isolated, if not entirely locked down — are reunited online to run through everything that's new or free on Rock's Backpages. Noting the sad losses of Cristina, Manu Dibango and Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger — all recent victims of the virus – RBP's troika discuss the week's new audio interview, a 2000 conversation with a supremely droll Warren Zevon, who talks to Adam Sweeting about Jackson Browne, David Geffen and Scottish Makar poet William Dunbar.
From there, they move on to the week's free feature, which focuses on the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' groundbreaking Bitches Brew. RBP's very own Three Degrees revisit Richard Williams' original Melody Maker review of the 1970 album, along with Al Aronowitz's account of hanging out with Miles in the fall of that year. Then it's on to featured writer Lois Wilson and her near-definitive account of the making of 1969's Dusty in Memphis and her profile of British rhythm & blues mainstay Georgie Fame.
Among the new library pieces singled out for general discussion by Messrs. Pringle & Murison-Bowie are interviews with Elton John from 1971, Billy Cobham from 1974, Agnes Bernelle from 1985 and Kate Tempest from 2014…
Pieces discussed: Warren Zevon audio, Bitches Brew, What Made Miles Davis Go Pop?, Rock is a white man's word, Dusty Springfield, Georgie Fame, Robert Finley, O.C. Smith, Elton John, Billy Cobham/Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jesse Winchester, Agnes Bernelle, Neil Young, Elvis' first love, Roots reggae, Papa Roach, Girls Aloud and Kate Tempest.