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WILD MAN: First generation garage rock greats the SHADOWS OF KNIGHT have released an all new single, Wild Man. Composed by lead vocalist Jim Sohns and new rhythm guitarist Michael Weber (who produced the studio sessions and video), Wild Man also features original Shadows Of Knight rhythm guitarist Jerry McGeorge. The single dropped on 27 May. Blitz Magazine Editor / Publisher Michael McDowell has the story 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).

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:


SHADOWS OF KNIGHT co-founders Jim Sohns (lead vocals) and Jerry McGeorge (rhythm guitar) have joined forces with new lead guitarist Michael Weber for the 27 May release of their brand new single, Wild Man.

In a free-standing article, DEBBIE GIBSON tackles the pandemic head on with an upbeat take on her recent Girls Night Out, creating in the process yet another instant classic, Girls Night In.

The suddent and tragic passing of PRETTY THINGS front man PHIL MAY on 15 May following hip surgery brought to a close one of the most enduring and influential careers in all of music. We revisit the band's unique legacy in detail.

The cover of his classic Cadillac Walk by Jay Willie And James Montgomery had just put him back in the spotlight this year. We remember long time Capitol recording artist and composer MOON MARTIN, who passed away suddenly on 11 May.

Few individuals shaped the direction of rock and roll as decisively as did composer, vocalist, pianist and Macon, Georgia native Richard Wayne "LITTLE RICHARD" Penniaman. Michael McDowell salutes this beloved visionary, who succumbed to a protracted battle against bone cancer on 09 May. 

In a free standing article, we bid farewell to beloved WKNR Keener 13 veteran and host of the groundbreaking Swingin' Time television series, ROBIN SEYMOUR. Click on the Robin Seymour Memorial Tribute link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story.

Inspired by the late Staff Sergeant Barry Salder's 1966 RCA Victor label signature single, The Ballad Of The Green Berets, UNRELATED SEGMENTS bassist and co-founder BARRY VAN ENGELEN is among the latest vetreran musicians to weigh in with words of encouragement for those on the front lines in the battle againt the virus pandemic.

His remarkable acumen as a composer (Fever) was matched (if not surpassed) by his work for Royal Roost Records as a vocalist, resulting in the 1956 monster classic single, Priscilla with the Dimples. Remembering the great EDDIE COOLEY, who passed away on 15 April.

Composer, vocalist, one time Wes Dakus And The Rebels guitarist and Edmonton, Alberta native BARRY ALLEN lost his protracted battle with cancer on 04 April. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell remembers the psych/rock single that made Allen one of the genre's most beloved statesmen.

In a free standing article (see Previous Posts column at right), the beloved Tokyo-based veteran trio PERFUME were among the first artists to address the current virus pandemic musically with the 26 Marrch release of their new video, Challenger.

The Hollywood, California outlet of the gargantuan AMOEBA RECORDS chain has confirmed a new location for its Fall 2020 move.

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

The Los Angeles-based Org Music label has at last once again made available the highlights of the catalog by the legendary Vallejo, California sextet, the VISCAYNES in their acclaimed new vinyl compilation, The Viscaynes And Friends.

The 7a label continues its impressive series of the finest Monkees-related releases with Cosmic Partners, the landmark 1973 live concert at McCabe's Guitar Shop by MICHAEL NESMITH AND RED RHODES.

Blixa Sounds has once again made available in the LP and CD configurations Mesh & Lace and After The Snow, the debut albums by MODERN ENGLISH.

The Stoney Plain label has made available The Lost Tapes, a 2 CD collection of heretofore live recordings from the early 1970s by folk rock pioneers IAN AND SYLVIA, with guest appearances by the great LUCILLE STARR.

Ash Wells' Teensville label has produced a pair of extraordinary Various Artists collections in recent months, including the acclaimed Early Morning Sun and Lazy Day.

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.

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

Composer, vocalist and Baltimore, Maryland native TOM SLESS sings the praises of Los Angeles better than most in his all new Marina Vista album, California Dream.

Composer, vocalist and Juno Award-winner LAILA BIALI celebrates her triumph over a series of challenges with her latest Chronograph release, Out Of Dust.

The Tampa Bay, Florida-based BACKTRACK BLUES BAND has fueled the ongoing purist debate with their fortieth anniversary release, Your Baby Has Left for Vizztone.