Bob Dylan is not only one of the greatest musicians in rock history, he also stands for a constant questioning of his own role and position like no other. As an artist, he hides his true self behind constantly changing masks, not only trying out musical styles like clothes, but also constantly searching for a new identity to present to his audience as "Bob Dylan".
On the album cover a homeless man with shaggy hair in a beggar's coat. Aqualung" got its title from his rattling breathing sounds, which sounded like a diver's lung. With its musical class, which combined hard rock, fine folk, romantic classical motifs and jazzy improvisation, the work was well received worldwide and is considered a milestone in Jethro Tull's band history as well as in rock and prog history in general. We roll up the history and meaning of "Aqualung" with mastermind Ian Anderson and guitarist Martin Barre.
A good twenty years ago RPWL stepped into the limelight with their debut album. Their album "God Has Failed" completely revived the art rock after the Floydian model in German lands. Now the band from Freising celebrates their anniversary with a live recording - in Corona times only for the living room at home. Singer/keyboardist Yogi Lang and guitarist Kalle Wallner talk about the new recording, look back at the time of the album's creation and also tell about the special relationship between RPWL and the Aschaffenburg eclipsed circle.
The French formation Lazuli is in many ways unique in the progressive rock scene. This is due to their unique musical approach between prog, folk, chanson and world music. It's because of her outfit, her special live presence and her close relationship to her fans. Our guest author Marcus Cordier went on a house visit to Deaux in the south of France. Claude and Dominique Leonetti willingly gave information about their home base, the current album "Dénudé" and the change at the six strings from Gédéric Byar to Arnaud Beyney
Nancy Wilson, best known as the guitarist of Heart, releases her first solo album at the age of 67 - a work with which she counters several misconceptions: for instance, that her band is a purely American phenomenon, that she had her best musical moments in the 1970s and has hardly any relevance today. As far as the latter is concerned, "You And Me" is a resounding slap in the face for all such critics, because the first woman to play lead guitar in a successful rock band shows that she hasn't lost anything, but has learned a lot.
We're approaching the apocalypse? No, we're already in the middle of it. This is the credo of the Canadian band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who herald doom with their eighth album "G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!". With their own statements to the press, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have always been very reserved. But Ian Ilavsky, co-founder of the Constellation label and close confidant of the band, gives us some insight into the background of an album that is a new beginning of sorts for GY!BE.
If there's one musician who deserves to be called a "veteran", it's the master of grooves who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Back in the early sixties, he was already shooing dance-hungry teenagers onto the dance floor with Booker T. & The M.G.'s. A storybook career followed, during which Steve Cropper made a name for himself as a guitarist, composer and producer. The down-to-earth musician was not only equally praised by Eric Clapton or Keith Richards, but wrote proverbial evergreens like "Knock On Wood", "In The Midnight Hour" or "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"
Hardly any other musician has revolutionized the electric guitar in the last four and a half decades as fundamentally as Pat Metheny. With his Synclavier guitar and various other technical innovations, but also with his cinematic imagery, he has created countless sound epics. On his new album "Road To The Sun" he does not play himself for long stretches, but lets play.
"A Better Dystopia" sounds like Monster Magnet through and through - and yet it wasn't written by them. Instead, bandleader Dave Wyndorf curated gems from the psych-rock underground - a declaration of love to the music of his childhood.
eclipsed: The title "A Better Dystopia" sounds like a direct reaction to the current world situation.