October 30, 1971 ~ Pink Floyd release their 6th. Try it under the headphones …


“A brief candle …”

October 20, 1977 ~ I was sitting in the studio at UW-O’s student radio station, WRST, and picked up Street Survivors, the new album released a few days earlier from Lynyrd Skynyrd. I played That Smell and remember like it was yesterday whispering to myself, “fuuuuuck.”  Half hour later I was reading about the band’s demise outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. The band still plays on today but, as is often the case, in name only. The real Lynyrd Skynrd died along with Stevie Gaines, Cassie Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant on October 20, 1977.

Pieces of Eight

The jig is up — the news is out — Styx releases “Pieces of Eight” on September 8, 1978.

It’s a recognizable 70’s classic with the hits “Renegade” and “Blue Collar Man” and it’s hard not to turn it up now and then. But the great rock-writer Lester Bangs wasn’t impressed:

What’s really interesting is not that such narcissistic slop should get recorded, but what must be going on in the minds of the people who support it in such amazing numbers. Gall, nerve and ego have never been far from great rock & roll. Yet there’s a thin but crucial line between those qualities and what it takes to fill arenas today: sheer self-aggrandizement on the most puerile level. If these are the champions, gimme the cripples.”[

Not necessarily stoned but … beautiful

August 23, 1967 ~ the debut album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience is released. It’s #15 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

Writer and archivist Reuben Jackson of the Smithsonian Institution wrote: “it’s still a landmark recording because it is of the rock, R&B, blues … musical tradition. It altered the syntax of the music … in a way I compare to James Joyce’s Ulysses.”