Thursday

WELCOME TO BLITZ MAGAZINE'S WEB SITE!


WHAT MAKES A MAN WANDER?: In the wake of the release of his groundbreaking Bule album for his own Karma Frog label, Cockeyed Ghost and Mod Hippie co-founder Adam Marsland (pictured above in the studio in 2016 with long time collaborators Teresa Cowles at left and Evie Sands, center) decided to embark upon a protracted sabbatical that prompted him to leave his long time San Fernando Valley home for an extended season of personal and artistic growth in Southeast Asia. For the full story, click on Adam Marsland Interview under the Previous Posts heading at right. Our interview with Evie Sands can also be found by clicking on the Evie Sands Interview link under the Previous Posts heading at right (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:

We pay tribute to beleaguered Partridge Family front man and acclaimed solo artist David Cassidy, who succumbed to complications from dementia and multiple organ failure on 21 November.

Blitz Magazine's Michael McDowell takes a closer look at ABKCO's 50th anniversary box set celebrating the release of the Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request album. Click on the link The Rolling Stones Majesties Box Set under the Previous Posts heading at right. 

Veteran vocalist, composer, producer and actress Debbie Gibson celebrates the release of the thirteen disc Edsel Records CD and DVD box set, We Could Be Together, which takes a comprehensive look at the beloved artist's thirty year recording career.

Herefordshire-based (and New York native) composer and vocalist Roxanne Fontana will be returning to the studio in London in November to record her interpretation of an as yet unnamed Rolling Stones classic. Inmates co-founder and guitarist Tony Oliver will produce.

We salute the extraordinary musical vision of producer and composer Jerry Ross (whose numerous accomplishments include the founding of the Heritage and Colossus labels), who lost his battle against prostate cancer on 04 October at age 84.

Blitz Magazine recalls our lone encounter in the 1980s with Tom Petty in our memorial tribute to the veteran vocalist and composer, who succumbed to cardiac arrest on 02 October at age 66.

Although primarily known for his enterprises in the world of publishing, journalist and entrepreneur Hugh Hefner made great strides in the world of music with the richly diverse artist roster found on his Playboy label, as well as his work with Collectors Choice Music. We celebrate the musical side of  the legacy of Hefner, who died on 27 September at age 91. 

Several veteran musicians weigh in on surviving Hurricane Irma, including rock and roll Pioneer Arch Hall Junior, Danny and the Juniors' Bob Maffei, the Blues Magoos' Peppy Castro and Dawn Breakers co-founder and country music veteran Jack Blanchard of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan.

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 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:

The pioneering Greg Kihn Band has turned in one of their finest and most cohesive releases to date with their all new Rekihndled album for Riot Media.

Veteran first generation garage rockers, the Doughboys have maintained the constant with their latest RAM Records release, Front Street Rebels.

Multi-instrumentalist Dana Countryman has joined forces with Ash Wells' vaunted Teensville/Rare Rockin' Records family of labels and such formidable greats as Lisa Mychols to produce Girlville!, an all new collection that spotlights his original material in a most endearing way.