International Pop Overthrow 2019 Sets Liverpool’s Cavern Club Alight

World’s premiere powerpop festival takes over world’s premiere rock venue

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The Lilacs Help Lead an International Pop Overthrow in Chicago

The Lilacs play International Pop Overthrow festival at the Heartland Cafe in Chicago. April 21, 2018 (Photo by Kevin Sanders) The International Pop Overthrow festival landed in Chicago this past weekend as David Bash — the Bill Graham of powerpop — brought a few dozen bands together for four-chord harmony-laden guitar pop. The festival is in its 18th year and has conquered over a dozen cities (including Stockholm, Vancouver, Liverpool

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Visiting Jimmy Cliff’s Birthplace After Thirty Years of Adoring His Music

Jimmy Cliff in France, 2012 (Wiki) There’s no way to write about visiting Jamaica on a cruise ship without coming off like Michael Scott wearing a braid after his trip to Sandals. Nevertheless, my insistence, dreaded by my children, on venturing into the actual real life of these magical places we are occasionally fortunate to visit, is the most rewarding part of our trips together. While our fellow passengers are ziplining

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International Pop Festival Electrifies Liverpool’s Legendary Cavern Club

Ken Kurson plays The Cavern Club in Liverpool, UK, May 21, 2017 (Alma Evert) https://rockandrollglobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/International-Pop-Festival-Comes-to-Liverpool-and-Electrifies-Legendary-Cavern-Club.mp3 Yesterday, I played a few of my songs for the crowd at the Cavern Club. Let me write that again because I still can’t believe it occurred. On Sunday, May 21, this 48-year-old fading modernist took the stage at the very place on Mathew Street in Liverpool where The Beatles were discovered and played a

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Steve Perry Sings a Song Called ‘Crushing Disappointment’; Fails to Join Journey on RnR HOF Stage

Steve Perry gave the night’s standout speech at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction. Then he crushed the crowd by failing to appear on stage with Journey during their performance. (Ken Kurson) On Friday, April 7, 2017, I did the wrong thing. I attended the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Electric Light Orchestra, Tupac, Pearl Jam and Yes have all earned their place and I’d

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Chuck Berry, 1926–2017

The Punk Meets The Godfather. Buffalo Tom guitarist Bill Janovitz meets Chuck Berry at the JFK Library in Boston, February 2012. The look on both their faces tells you pretty much everything you need to know about rock n roll. Sometime in 1987, Green’s leader Jeff Lescher decided the band would cover “Brown Eyed Handsome Man.” Chuck Berry had fallen out of favor somewhat around then—a collection of sex mini-scandals and

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Great Songwriter and Just Plain Great Writer Jim Vallance

Master craftsman Jim Vallance. (Kaitlyn Flannagan) We have entered a political season in which just about everything seems to divide us from one another. Friends, here is a photo that depicts something upon which EVERYONE can agree. And that something is that Summer of ’69 is one of the greatest songs ever. And this guy’s the one who wrote it! Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Jim Vallance! Vallance visited New York

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