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LET IT BLEED: In commemoration of its November 1969 original appearance on the London label, ABKCO Records on 15 November is issuing a 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set of the landmark Let It Bleed album by the Rolling Stones. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell has the story on this forthcoming milestone in the Reissues / Anthologies section of The Shape Of Things To Come column. Pictured above are the band's lead guitarist Keith Richards and lead vocalist Mick Jagger reviewing proofs of the album's cover in November 1969 at the band's Laurel Canyon headquarters in Southern California. (Click on the Reissues / Anthologies link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story). (Click on the above image to enlarge).

WELCOME TO THE INTERET 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.

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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 remember long time VENTURES guitarist GERRY McGEE, who succumbed to a heart attack suffered during a live performance in Japan on 12 October.

In a free standing interview (under the Previous Posts column at right), veteran composer and vocalist EVIE SANDS recalls her time in the studio, preparing for her forthcoming new album, Scandal Du Jour.

In an extraordinary moment of inspiration, beloved vocalist, composer, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist DEBBIE GIBSON entered her home studio, sat at the piano and on the spot recorded an original instrumental masterwork, French Carousel.

Prayers in progress for comedy pioneer and long time Jubilee Records recording artist RUSTY WARREN, who is recovering from two major surgeries on 08 August. 

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

The Rolling Stones will once again be subject to the deluxe reissue treatment with ABKCO's 15 November 50th anniversary deluxe edition of the band's 1969 Let It Bleed album.

Verve Records has raised the bar exponentially with the release of the previously unavailable Live At The Village Gate 1961 2CD set by the Stan Getz Quartet.

The Portage, Michigan-based JAM Records has reissued the classic 1978 Emerald Vision album, one of the early excursions into the Gospel / psych hybrid that has since become the ad hoc trademark of the recorded legacy of the prolific and inspirational Jeremy Morris.

Ash Wells' Rare Rockin' Records and Teensville family of labels decisively maintains its front runner status with the release of The Night Has A Thousand Soundalikes, a thirty-five track salute to rock and roll pioneer Bobby Vee, featuring duly inspired originals by Jimmy Clanton, Kenny Karen, Tobin Matthews, the Crickets, Cliff Richard, Michael Landon, Brian Hyland, Kenny Lynch, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry Naylor and others.

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. 

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

Veteran first generation rockers the Doughboys and drummer and co-founder Richard X. Heyman appear to be coming full circle by going in different directions with their respective new releases, Running For Covers (RAM) and Pop Circles (Turn-Up).

Veteran London-born vocalist and composer Ola Onabule takes the roundabout approach to drive his considerable point home in his latest Rugged Ram release, Point Less.

Stung by the charges of pedestrianism often leveled at the genre overall, harmonica whiz and keeper of the blues flame Bob Corritore enlisted the services of a number of like minded colleagues to set the record straight with their latest Vizztone release, Do The Hip-Shake Baby!

The Victoria-based first generation garage rock greats the Tol-Puddle Martyrs return with Another Earth, their latest for the Secret Deals label.

The prolific veteran composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dana Countryman asserts his consistently evolving musical mission statement with wry understatement in Cabaret Of Love, his latest release for Sterling Swan Records.