Official Release of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live at The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA, October 18, 1975

Bruce Springsteen’s official series of live concert downloads continues with today’s release of the first of two shows that were performed at The Roxy October 18, 1975 during a four-night stand at the venue. This release documents the entire performance of the first show from night three. Jon Altschiller mixed the show from a restored transfer of the 16-track, 2-inch master reels. The sound quality is fantastic and captures the thrill of experiencing Bruce and The E Street Band in a small, intimate venue. 

You can purchase the download of the show here:,20734/Bruce-Springsteen—The-E-Street-Band-mp3-flac-download-10-18-1975-The-Roxy-West-Hollywood-CA.html

Prince Estate Reportedly Asks Creator of Prince’s Cloud Guitar to Stop Selling Replicas

According to the report below from St. Paul, MN television station KSTP 5 Eyewitness News, The Prince Estate has asked Dave Rusan, the man who designed Prince’s iconic cloud guitar that was featured in the movie Purple Rain, to stop selling replicas of it. Rusan filed a trademark for the design earlier this year. Prince previously sold replicas of the guitar himself during his lifetime and his estate has sold replicas after Prince’s passing. The question is, who owns the design of the guitar? Unless Prince required Rusan to sign a letter stating that the creation was a work for hire and that Prince would own the design, my understanding is that the rights to the design would be owned by Rusan. To my knowledge, neither Prince nor Paisley Park ever trademarked the design. If a legal battle follows, the estate could ironically find itself unable to sell replicas of the guitar if Rusan’s trademark is upheld. In that scenario, the estate would wind up having to pay Rusan if it wants to continue selling replicas of the guitar.  This will be an interesting story to watch.

Recently Found Photos of Mark Hamill With Fans Circa 1983

While going through some old boxes of photos from my music collection, I found these pictures of Mark Hamill with fans. I have no idea who took the photos or when, or how they got mixed in with my collection of photos of my favorite musicians, but the photo lab that developed the pictures at the time stamped “December 1983” on the back. That date refers to the date that the photo lab printed the photos, so all I know for certain is that the photos are from December 1983 or earlier. I’m posting the photos hoping that the fans in the pictures will finally get to see these images after all these years. If you’re in any of these photos and remember this day, I’d love to hear the story behind the photos. And May The Force Be With You!

Mark Hamill with a happy fan in the pre-selfie era. 

Prince And The Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983 And 1984 Expanded Edition

Author Duane Tudahl’s updated and expanded edition of his 2017 book Prince And The Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983 And 1984 was released today. An authoritative, exhaustively researched volume about what is arguably one of Prince’s most prolific periods of recording, this new paperback edition adds new interviews with Bobby Z, Wally Safford, Taja Sevelle, “Cubby” Colby, and others. In addition, some of the recording session dates have been updated or confirmed, and there are new sections about previously unknown songs that have never before been discussed. 

You can purchase this new Expanded Edition paperback here: 

For my review of the original hardcover edition, please visit the link below.

Springsteen on Broadway Soundtrack arrives December 14


Columbia Records will release Springsteen on Broadway, the official soundtrack from his 236-show run at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre, December 14. It will be released as a 2-CD set, a 4-LP vinyl record set, and also available to purchase via digital download. In addition, it will be available via digital streaming services. The album will include all of the audio from the upcoming Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special, which will debut at 12:01 am Eastern Time December 16, just hours after Bruce performs the last show of his historic Broadway run.

The CD track list:

Disc 1
1. Growin’ Up (Introduction)
2. Growin’ Up
3. My Hometown (Introduction)
4. My Hometown
5. My Father’s House (Introduction)
6. My Father’s House
7. The Wish (Introduction)
8. The Wish
9. Thunder Road (Introduction)
10. Thunder Road
11. The Promised Land (Introduction)
12. The Promised Land

Disc 2
1. Born in the U.S.A. (Introduction)
2. Born in the U.S.A.
3. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (Introduction)
4. Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
5. Tougher Than the Rest (Introduction)
6. Tougher Than the Rest
7. Brilliant Disguise (Introduction)
8. Brilliant Disguise
9. Long Time Comin’ (Introduction)
10. Long Time Comin’
11. The Ghost of Tom Joad (Introduction)
12. The Ghost of Tom Joad
13. The Rising
14. Dancing in the Dark (Introduction)
15. Dancing in the Dark
16. Land of Hope and Dreams
17. Born to Run (Introduction)
18. Born to Run


Above: The 2-CD Set. Below: The 4-LP set.




Prince: Before The Rain

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Prince: Before The Rain is a new book of photographs by Allen Beaulieu with a forward by Revolution guitarist Dez Dickerson. Beaulieu captured some of the most iconic images of Prince’s career, shot mostly between 1979 and 1983, including the photos that would become the album covers for Dirty Mind and Controversy, along with the photos that would be used as the inner sleeves of the 1999 album and various singles and EPs issued to promote the 1999 album.

The title Before The Rain perfectly describes this collection of photos, as we’re seeing the visual progression of Prince’s image leading up to the period just before he exploded with his biggest commercial success, Purple Rain.

This stunning collection of photos includes some amazing images that I’ve never seen before including outtakes from the Dirty Mind album cover photo session (including one photo in color), outtakes from the Controversy album cover session, outtakes from the neon bedroom shot that was used as an inner sleeve for the 1999 album, and live concert  shots from 1979-83. There are also plenty of backstage and behind-the-scenes photos along with images that Beaulieu took of The Time, Vanity 6 and Jesse Johnson. There’s even a selection of photos from the October 9, 1981 concert performance in which Prince opened for the Rolling Stones and was booed off the stage. Obviously not a high point, but still part of Prince history, and a motivating fuel for the fire that would push Prince to work even harder to become one of the greatest performers of all time.

Jim Walsh’s written narrative describing Beaulieu’s collaboration with Prince provides fascinating insight into the working relationship between the photographer and the musician. Written contributions from Eloy Lasanta provide context surrounding the albums for which Beaulieu captured the now iconic album cover images.

When an artist like Prince passes away, there will always be critics that say these types of books are just cashing in, but in my opinion, when lovingly curated like this collection, these types of books are treasures. The images help illustrate visual chapters of Prince’s career and capture every dimension of his personality and persona, giving us additional insight into not just the artist, but the human being that he was. Similar pictorials from photographers Steve Parke (Picturing Prince: An Intimate Portrait) and Afshin Shahidi (Prince: A Private View) provide equally fascinating insight. I hope that we’ll see more collections like these, and when all of these pieces of the puzzle are assembled, we will see the most complete picture possible of the fascinating artist and human being that Prince was.

You can order Prince: Before The Rain from here: