Posted: October 6, 2014 Filed under: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, advertising, alternative, anniversary, Canada, Classic Rock, Concerts, Disco, electronic, Festivals, Glam Rock, Live, Memoir, movies, Music, New Wave, new york city, Ontario, Ottawa, pop, Punk Rock | Tags: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, blondie, cbgb, classic hollywood, film stars, in the flesh, lebreton flats, live, music, My Life -- In Concert!, new york dolls, Ontario, ottawa bluesfest, punk, retro, rock scene magazine, thursday august 10
Blondie’s 40th and Ottawa Bluesfest’s 20th
185. In The Flesh: Blondie, Ottawa Bluesfest, LeBreton Flats, Ontario, Thursday July 10, 2014. Approx. $50
I first encountered Blondie in the pages of NYC-based Rock Scene magazine in the summer of 1975. It was a single page feature, appearing less than a year after the group’s formation and first shows at CBGBs. Blondie had begun by opening for the also-nascent Ramones who had similarly been popping up in recent Rock Scene issues. Indeed, most of the mid-70s NYC underground first came to my attention via RS.
Retrospectively, I now see what an odd, prescient publication it was on a few fronts.
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Posted: March 20, 2013 Filed under: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, alternative, Classic Rock, Disco, electronic, folk, funk, Glam Rock, indie rock, Live, London, Memoir, Music, New Wave, Ontario, pop, post-punk, R&B | Tags: 1970s, 1983 comeback, berlin, changes, david bowie, dick cavett, dinah shore, glam, glitter rock, iggy pop, labels, lou reed, outsiders, rock music, russel harty, sexuality, soul
My sister’s original copies of David Bowie’s
Space Oddity and
Ziggy Stardust. I have many fond memories of listening to these albums with her.
My return to the My Life — In Concert! series, this time looking back on seeing David Bowie for the first time, 30 years ago, fortuitously dovetails with last week’s delightful shock that is the release of Bowie’s first album of new material in a decade, The Next Day.
He first came into my orbit 40 years ago in his Ziggy Stardust days, at the dawn of 1973. His ongoing body of work has been a constant presence in my life ever since, in particular, the ground-breaking succession of albums that he released between 1969 and 1980.
Before turning my focus to the show at Toronto’s CNE Stadium, I’ll first write about what Bowie and glam rock meant to me, and my impressions on how his emergence had a broader impact on the 1970s.
Lightning struck twice for me shortly after I turned 10. 1972 was bleeding into 1973, and I was thrilled to now be part of the double-digit-age clique, with that majestic 1 planted firmly in front of the stalwart 0 in all its binary glory. The yellow brick road to Teenageville, and then onto Adultia, stretched out before me like gleaming candy. I was excited to be starting my journey, one with a down-the-line jackpot of any manner of enticing Pandora’s Boxes filled with mature delights — mature as envisioned by my still-naive-yet-overactive Grade Five imagination, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »