While visiting my brother last month, I played his Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar. For a few seconds, anyway, I felt like George Harrison. Note to self: Next time I visit Todd, be sure to take some Fender medium picks and leave a few there.
Photos by Holly Schwartz
Sylvie Vartan reading, 1964
A dandy Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones
This is what Saturday mornings looked like when I was a kid.
This was a gift. A very nice gift.
Here are two CDs I bought this past week: one from Half Price Books (Midnight Ride, Paul Revere & The Raiders; 1966) and one from Rolling Stones Music (Global, Todd Rundgren; 2015).
Back in grade school, you could tell a lot about a guy by his lunch box. This was mine.
I love holiday weekends! Here’s a video from a rocking holiday weekend a few years ago at a family reunion. That’s my brother Todd behind me on guitar, and my brother Troy is playing drums. Also playing but not shown are my sister Kasha Phillips (keyboards), her husband Mike (bass guitar), and Todd’s wife Holly (tambourine).
Ugly Things is dedicated to “bringing you wild sounds from past dimensions, from times when rock ‘n ‘roll was young, daring, dangerous and vital,” and few if any fanzines are as informative when it comes to lost, unknown, and overlooked music of the 1960s and beyond. Now in its 30th year, Ugly Things is published twice annually, and each issue features up to 200 pages of in-depth features, exclusive interviews, rare photos, and more. Each issue is so packed that I sometimes forget it’s a magazine (it feels more like a book). If you’re into 1960s-influenced music like I am, be sure to check out the Ugly Things website, where you’ll find information on back issues and how to subscribe.