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WELCOME TO BLITZ MAGAZINE'S WEB SITE!

 

THE LONG ROAD BACK: Throughout the late 1970s, they were the most covered band in Blitz Magazine, and arguably the most formidable live band on the planet. With bassist and co-founder Karl Green as front man, Herman's Hermits toured relentlessly to wildly appreciative audiences and concurrently recorded some of the best singles of their vast and vaunted career. But in March 1980, Green stunned friends and followers alike when he announced his retirement from the band to focus on family concerns. And although the ensuing three decades brought with them their share of challenges, Green has returned triumphantly to center stage with the release of his acclaimed Global Recording Artists album, The Long Road Back. In the most candid interview of his career, Green discusses the highs and lows of that long road with Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell. Click on the link to Herman's Hermits/Karl Green Interview under the Previous Posts column at right for the full story. Herman's Hermits are pictured above in 1978 (Front and center: Barry Whitwam - drums; Back row, left to right: Derek "Lek" Leckenby - lead guitar, Frank Renshaw - rhythm guitar, Karl Green - lead vocals, bass) (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:

Blitz Magazine 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 a move that stunned insiders and fans alike, original Flamin' Groovies bassist George Alexander was abruptly fired from the band on the eve of the release of their brand new album. Blitz Magazine recently joined forces with key members of the Southern California community of musicians and music journalists (including legendary vocalist and composer Evie Sands and Balancing Act co-founder Willie Aron) for a behind the scenes look at Dodger Stadium. 

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

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. The prolific, U.K.-based Real Gone Music label has released an extraordinary four CD collection, The Imperial Records Story 1962, which chronicles the legendary label's best releases for that year.

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

Rock and roll pioneer Jack Scott has turned in an all new collection of originals and well chosen country covers, Way To Survive.  Watch for reviews of other great new releases, coming soon!