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WELCOME TO BLITZ MAGAZINE'S WEB SITE!


FUTURE POP: Buoyed by the acclaim afforded their most recent Universal Music album, Future Pop, the beloved veteran trio Perfume is poised to conquer North America in 2019, highlighted by an appearance at the sold out Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California in April. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell has the story. Pictured above, left to right: Yuka "Kashiyuka" Kashino, Ayaka "A-chan" Nishiwaki and Ayano "Nocchi" Omoto.  (Click on the Perfume North American Tour 2019 link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story). (Click on the above image to enlarge). Photo courtesy Universal Music.

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.

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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:

2019 got off to a sad start, musically speaking with the passing of MARMALADE front man DEAN FORD on New Years Day and the death of keyboard virtuoso DARYL DRAGON of the CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE on 02 January from renal failure.

We pay tribute to vocalist, philanthropist, evangelist and wife of veteran musician Pat Boone, SHIRLEY BOONE, who succumbed to a lingering illness on 11 January.

Dozens of musicians and industry veterans gathered to film a video tribute to the late Giovanna Aron, wife of Balancing Act and Thee Holy Brothers co-founder Willie Aron on the evening of 25 December at the annual Christmas gathering held at the suburban Los Angeles home of former Rhino Records exec Gary Stewart.

In a free standing interview, actress / vocalist Jen Lilley discusses with Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell her extensive work in television (Days Of Our Lives), film (Hallmark's Mingle All The Way) and her forthcoming classic rock and roll and rhythm and blues-inspired album and King Of Hearts single, as well as her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and its resultant altruism (Click on the Jen Lilley Interview link under the Previous Posts column at right for the full story).

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. 

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

Fifty-three years in the making, the beloved Bayonne, New Jersey-based quintet the Ad Libs has finally seen their 1965 debut album (originally intended for release on the vaunted Blue Cat label) now available at last via the venerable Memphis, Tennessee Sun Records.

Among the many recipients of lavishly produced half century anniversary box sets is Electric Ladyland, the 1968 third album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Blitz Magazine takes a closer look at this landmark reissue from the musicologist / record collector perspective.

Roger Maglio's prolific Gear Fab label has made a significant contribution to the world of first generation garage rock with the release of the ambitious,two CD collection, Complete Recordings, which features the entire body of work to date of the Galveston, Texas-based Countdown Five.

The prolific sibling duo, Paul And Barry Ryan at last gets their due in terms of a comprehensive anthology CD, thanks to Ash Wells' Teensville label.

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, also on Ash Wells' Teensville label.

The late Lee Hazelwood knew no such thing as genre myopia in a career that spanned several decades. The Light In The Attic label has made available for the first time anywhere the 1964 sessions that produced the Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies album by the enigmatic instrumental outfit, Lee Hazelwood's Woodchucks.

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:

The ad hoc supergroup, Mod Hippie (featuring the Beach Boys' David Marks, the Germs' and X's D.J. Bonebrake and Dragster Barbie's Teresa Cowles, as well as renowned world traveler and label president Adam Marsland) presents a musical travelogue of sorts based on the career ups and downs of front man Doug McGuire in their latest Karma Frog release, Wannabe Nobody.

Veteran greats Tony Bennett and Diana Krall have once again joined forces for a salute to brothers George and Ira Gershwin in their latest Verve/Columbia release, Love Is Here To Stay.

Pennsylvania cousins Sharon Lee and Karen Lynn comprise the Bookends, whose all new Far Away But Around album for the Otto Raw label is generating considerable enthusiasm among musicologists and record collectors, as well as enthusiasts of first and second generation garage rock.

Composer, vocalist, keyboardsman and Late Night show bandleader Jon Batiste embraces a wide variety of material (both original and from outside sources) on his Verve Records debut solo album, Hollywood Africans.

Also on Verve is Combo 66, the latest album of original material by acclaimed guitarist John Scofield, augmented by the remarkable keyboard stylings of Gerald Clayton.

The Nashville, Tennessee-based husband and wife duo, the Smoking Flowers are once again all over the musical map with a rich variety of inspirations in their latest Bandaloop Music vinyl LP release, Let's Die Together

Multi-instrumentalist and former Sunflower label recording artist Les Fradkin joins such thinking outside the box veterans as Jeremy Morris and Question Mark And The Mysterians lead guitarist Bobby Balderrama in taking an otherworldly musical journey with his latest Bongo Boy Records release, Escape From Earth.

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.