Alice Cooper Interview

Even if you are not an Alice Cooper fan, you will thoroughly enjoy this interview and Alice’s stories about his relationships with some of the rock ‘n’ roll legends of all time like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Pink Floyd, and more.

Do You Stop and Listen to the Music?

Skipping through your phone’s playlist is so easy…I sometimes wonder if we really value what we listen to or are we just grabbing “what’s easy?”

Before you go further, click the “play arrow” below and listen to “All Things Must Pass” while you keep reading this post.  The song is by George Harrison which is fittingly the ending piece for the Tower Records documentary (All Things Must Pass).

When you went to Tower Records (see the second link below if you have no idea what is Tower Records) and your choice was whether to plunk down $12 or $15 for an album or CD…you had to be sure you were going to like it.

And that’s where Tower Listening Stations became important to me.  In a store, mixed throughout the aisles and aisles of records…and later CDs, were these “listening stations” that featured 6 different CDs that you could preview through a set of headphones for that station, and definitely find out if you wished to purchase that album (CD).

I spent hours and hours at Tower Records at the Listening Stations previewing music I would ultimately buy.  I’ve been a music aficionado for most of my life and have always placed a high value on high-quality sound and the best artists.

Tower was my “hang-out.”

You know by now that Russ Solomon who created Tower Records died a couple of weeks ago here in Sacramento.  The New York Times had a pretty good write up of his life and Tower.

If you are even REMOTELY interested in music, knew Tower and were a fan…I highly recommend watching the documentary “All Things Must Pass.”

I’m sad that Tower is gone.  I’m sad that Russ Solomon is gone.  I feel like I knew him.

I wish I did.

Sacramento Heroes, Atlanta, & Clint

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler from Sacramento thwarted an attack on a Paris train in 2015. 

They wrote a book which became a movie–filmed in Atlanta.  My friend David has driven me by the studios in Atlanta and it’s amazing to me that this move production area has sprung up so quickly.  And if you pay attention, there are lots and lots of films being made there now.  

The Atlanta studios interest me, and I’m from Sacramento and so the story interests me…but what interests (or saddens) me the most are these two pics of Clint taken in the last month or so while he was in Atlanta for the shoot.  

Clint was born in 1930.  He’s 87 now and I’m not looking forward to the day when…..  I won’t write it.

He made his spaghetti westerns in the early and mid-60’s and The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1976.  Gran Torino was in 2009.  I spent 60 minutes the other night watching movie clips of famous scenes from his westers and Dirty Harry films.  What a great actor.  A great hero.  
I’ve enjoyed everything he’s done.  Well, almost everything.  That monkey movie he did wasn’t all that great…