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WELCOME TO BLITZ MAGAZINE'S WEB SITE!

 


FULL DOSE OF LOVE: With an extraordinary recorded legacy that includes fruitful tenures with the ABC Paramount, Gold, Cameo, A&M, Haven, RCA Victor and Train Wreck labels, beloved vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and musical visionary EVIE SANDS (pictured above in December 2016 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles) released one of the highlights of her career in April 2017 with her Shine For Me album on R-Spot Records. In an exclusive exchange with Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell, Sands discussed at length the making of this essential new release, with bonus commentary by such colleagues as songwriter Trade Martin (who authored Sands' 1965 Blue Cat label monster classic, Take Me For A Little While), Karma Frog's Adam Marsland and Balancing Act/Thee Holy Brothers co-founder Willie Aron. For the full story, click on Evie Sands Interview under the Previous Posts heading at right (Photo by Michael McDowell) (Click on above image to enlarge).

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET HOME
FOR BLITZ MAGAZINE
SINCE 1975 -
THE ROCK AND ROLL MAGAZINE
FOR THINKING PEOPLE

Welcome to the official web site for Blitz, The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People. Since 1975, Blitz has been the leading voice for the discerning music enthusiast. Blitz Magazine was also one of the first magazines of its kind to embrace the internet, having also been online since January 1996.

Here you will find news and updates about all of the key artists essential to the growth and development of rock and roll music and related genres, including rhythm and blues, country and western, jazz and easy listening. For highlights from recent past editions of the Bits And Pieces and Shape Of Things To Come columns, click on the archival postings on the right hand side of this page. Be sure and check back frequently for regular updates.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at BlitzMcD@aol.com.


Michael McDowell
Editor/Publisher
Blitz Magazine
Since 1975 - The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People

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AUDREY'S MUSICAL JOURNEY:

Follow the fascinating and unfolding tale (through her favorite music) of the life and times of Blitz Magazine's late and beloved Photo Editor, Audrey McDowell, as told by her husband, Blitz Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell. A Facebook exclusive! "Like" us on Facebook at Blitz Magazine - The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People, and watch for further installments.

IN THE BITS AND PIECES COLUMN:

Blitz Magazine salutes Elvis Presley on the fortieth anniversary of his untimely passing, with personal recollections and an overview of his lesser known work.

We pay tribute to The Music Man's first Marian Paroo, the legendary Barbara Cook (who succumbed to respiratory failure at age 89), as well as  beloved vocalist, composer, one time Beach Boys bassist and virtuoso guitarist, Glen Campbell, who lost his protracted battle with Alzheimer's Disease on 08 August.

Prayers go up on behalf of the legendary Bob Shane, sole surviving founder of the Kingston Trio. Shane is recovering from a series of mini-strokes suffered in July.

Farewell to pioneering New Zealand rocker Lyn Barnett, who was found dead in her home in July of unknown causes.

Veterans of the long defunct Windsor, Ontario AM radio powerhouse, CKLW The Big 8 were reunited for a charity event on 15 July, with Blitz Magazine as special guests. Full account in a separate article (see Previous Posts at right).

Blitz  mourns the passing of hero, radio pioneer and dear friend, Frank "Swingin'" Sweeney, a veteran of the groundbreaking WKNR Keener 13 air staff and most recently a cherished member of Blitz Magazine's advisory board.

The brick and mortar music and Christian music industries are getting a much needed boost, as the Ontario-based Sunrise Records chain assumes the operation of seventy vacated HMV outlets across Canada, while the long-standing Nashville-based LifeWay chain rises to the occasion to fill the gap caused by the collapse of the Family Christian Bookstore outlets across the United States in mid-May.

In a move that stunned insiders and fans alike, original Flamin' Groovies bassist George Alexander was abruptly fired from the band on the eve of the release of their brand new album.

Blitz Magazine recently joined forces with key members of the Southern California community of musicians and music journalists (including legendary vocalist and composer Evie Sands and Balancing Act co-founder Willie Aron) for a behind the scenes look at Dodger Stadium. 

IN THE REISSUES / ANTHOLOGIES SECTION OF
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME COLUMN:

Ash Wells' prolific Teensville label has outdone itself with the release of Left In The Can, a collection of thirty rare tracks by such giants as the Beach Boys, Rick Nelson, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee, the Tokens, Dion DiMucci, Mary Wells, Bobby Rydell, Del Shannon and others.

Roger Maglio's Gear Fab label has upgraded their 1997 anthology CD by the Long Island-based Majic Ship with newly discovered photos, additional bonus tracks and an expanded essay.

Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes an in depth look at the eight volume WJBK Hits Various Artists anthology series, which chronicles a wealth of essential and obscure singles from the weekly charts published by that legendary Detroit radio station from 1956 to 1964. 

The massive and long overdue reissue process of the catalog of the legendary Cameo/Parkway family of labels continues with ABKCO's acclaimed re-release of Dee Dee Sharp's groundbreaking Cameo album, Songs Of Faith

IN THE NEW RELEASES SECTION OF
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME COLUMN:

Rock and roll pioneer Jack Scott has turned in an all new collection of originals and well chosen country covers, Way To Survive.  Watch for reviews of other great new releases, coming soon!