A CHANGE: The world of music mourns the passing on 16 August of Aretha Franklin, who lost her protracted battle with pancreatic cancer at her Detroit, Michigan home on 16 August. Editor / Publisher Michael McDowell takes a detailed look at her extraordinary sixty two year recording career in the Bits And Pieces column. Click on the Bits And Pieces link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story (Click on the above image to enlarge).

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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.

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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.


The world of music mourns the passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin, who lost her protracted battle with pancreatic cancer on 16 August. We take an in depth look at her extraordinary sixty-two year recording career, along with commentary from admirers and colleagues.

In a free standing article (see Launch link under Previous Posts at right), Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell met with CKLW / CKWW vet and founder and principal visionary Charlie O'Brien in Windsor, Ontario on 05 August to discuss the particulars and strategy behind the internet launch's decision to take the unprecedented step of expanding its playlist to more than six thousand classic records.

She and her brother were among the world's most renowned guitarists. Lorrie and Larry Collins pooled their considerable talents for a long and productive run at Columbia Records as the Collins Kids, beginning in 1955. We look back at the extraordinary career of Lorrie Collins, who passed away suddenly at age 76.

The extraordinary six decade career of JIVE FIVE front man and  co-founder EUGENE PITT was one of the most inspiring in all of music. Blitz Magazine salutes this vocal group pioneer and fellow musicologist and record collector.

The back to back passings on 24 June of LEFT BANKE drummer and co-founder GEORGE CAMERON and WABC-AM veteran and radio pioneer DAN INGRAM brought to mind the enormity of the loss, as well as the fact that many of their target audience may not have appreciated their contributions to the degree that they should have. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes the masses to task accordingly.

Prayers in progress for Monkees co-founder and lead guitarist Michael Nesmith. The band was forced to postpone the final four dates of its current tour (billed as "The Mike and Micky Show" with Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz) due to illness.

With the passing on 13 June of Blue Moon Boys drummer D.J. Fontana, the transition of the band that helped launch the career of Elvis Presley is complete. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell reflects upon Fontana's extraordinary career.

Five Satins co-founder and lead vocalist Fred Parris and his wife Emma thankfully escaped injury when their Connecticut hone was damaged by a tornado on 25 May.

Prayers are in progress for Dominick "Randy" Safuto, co-founder and lead vocalist of vocal group pioneers Randy And The Rainbows, who has been hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest.

Legendary vocal virtuoso Mel Carter has taken a giant leap forward by weighing in on the topic of gun violence in his most recent single, Raise The World - Sing Louder Than The Gun. Exclusive commentary by Carter himself here. 

Upon receiving a star on the Palm Springs Walk Of Stars in April, beloved vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, actress and artist mentor Debbie Gibson will pay it forward by hosting her Electric Youth Summer Music Camp in Burbank, followed by work on the sequel to her acclaimed 2016 Hallmark motion picture, Summer Of Dreams.

Although he had been in failing health in recent weeks, the passing of British Modbeats co-founder and lead vocalist Fraser Loveman on 06 April at age 71 came as a considerable shock to those who knew him. Once the subject of a lengthy interview in Blitz Magazine, Loveman's legacy is once again celebrated in the Bits And Pieces column.

One of the great visionary folk-rock inspired bands of all time is mourning the loss of one of its key members. We pay tribute to Ron Shaw, who replaced band founder Lofton Kline in the Pozo-Seco Singers in late 1966. Shaw succumbed to a brief illness on 01 Apri.

His work as an arranger, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist had few peers. We remember the remarkable Jimmy "The Wiz" Wisner (whose 1961 Asia Minor single as Kokomo became one of the decade's definitive instrumentals), who passed away on 14 March at age 86.

Despite battling spinal bifida for most of his life, the legendary Id front man, Jeff Saint John went on to become not only a front runner in the Blue Eyed Soul genre, but a tireless crusader for raising awareness for the disease. We pay tribute to Saint John, who passed away at his Perth, Western Australia home on 06 March.

In a free standing interview, veteran composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dana Countryman joins fellow visionaries Kyle Vincent, Lisa Mychols, Jeremy Morris, Adam Marsland and Rob Martinez in championing a return to positivism and the basics in his original material with his latest Sterling Swan label release, The Joy Of Pop. Editor/Publisher talks with Countryman at length (click on the Dana Countryman Interview link under the Previous Posts heading at right for details).

Also in a free standing piece, Blitz Magazine joined veteran rockers the Cowsills in celebration after the band's triumphant performance at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, Ohio on 07 April (Click on the Cowsills Concert Review under the Previous Posts heading at right for details).

The Pixies Three discuss their plans to persevere as a group in the wake of the December 2017 retirement of original lead vocalist and group co-founder, Midge Neel (a Blitz Magazine exclusive).


The psych phase of the still very much active veteran rocker Marty Wilde's six decade career finally sees proper documentation with Abergavenny: The Philips Pop Years 1966 - 1971, an all new CD anthology on Ash Wells' Teensville label.

The younger brother of rhythm and blues legends Art and Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville finally gets his due with the release of a five CD retrospective box set, Endangered Species: The Complete Recordings. We take a look at the eleven track sampler disc from that collection.

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. 


Blues legend John Mayall continues in peak form with the release of his most recent live album (recorded in 2017), Three For The Road on the Forty Below label.

Moving Sidewalks co-founder and guitarist Billy F. Gibbons takes the blues to a much needed next level with this second solo release, The Big Bad Blues for Concord Records.

For his sixteenth studio album, Reckoning, veteran vocalist Billy Price has joined forces with Kid Andersen as producer and guitarist, drawing from the rich catalogs of Denise LaSalle and Otis Redding, as well as contributing his own material.

Pioneering composer and vocalist Chip Taylor adds to his richly diverse legacy of more than a half century with his brand new release for his own Train Wreck label, Fix Your Words.

First generation garage rock greats, the Tol-Puddle Martyrs (still led by group founder and principal visionary Peter Rechter) have returned with another all new album, Polyphony for the Secret Deals label.