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#IRespectMusic Live #Twitter Discussion via @TheBlakeMorgan Sunday 2-8 7pm #music #artistsrights

Blake Morgan, and so many of us, have been battling for artists rights. We are winning! Here is a chance to add your voice. Tomorrow, Sunday, February 8th 7pm on Twitter #IRespectMusic
Sign the petition http://irespectmusic.org/
Transcript: There are years that ask questions and there are years that answer them.
We’ve asked the question: “Why is the United States the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay?”
Now, Congress is on the move. The United States Copyright Office is on the move. Music makers are on the move. Music Lovers are on the move.
It’s time for some answers from the people who believe that artists shouldn’t be paid for their work.
Join me tomorrow night on Twitter, Sunday February 8th at 7pm Eastern: hashtag #IRespectMusic.
It’s time to take the next step.

Take Action. Speak Up. Make History.

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#LedZeppelin releases mastered remix of “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)” Official VIDEO

We have something historical in today’s release of Jimmy Page’s mastered remix. The importance of having the original recordings remastered by Jimmy is profound.

Page commented: “This version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn’t have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they’ll think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the original’ and all of a sudden they’ll go ‘No, it’s not.'”

Jimmy Page on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon May, 21st, 2014

From Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) Led Zeppelin’s remastered second album will include additional companion audio with unreleased studio outtakes To be released on multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats as well as a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box.
The official music video for Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)” This title will be released on June 3, 2014.

Jimmy Page talks about performing with Led Zeppelin, how he learned music, influences on his sound and music, and being chosen for an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. 

Jimmy Page is a world renowned guitarist, composer, and producer who has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He began his career as a studio session guitarist in London and subsequently became a member of the Yardbirds, in 1966, before founding Led Zeppelin, in 1968. Over the next decade, Led Zeppelin effectively redefined rock music, drawing on a wide range of influences to create a string of legendary albums that have to date sold an estimated 300 million copies. Through his work with Led Zeppelin, Page became recognized as one of the greatest and most versatile guitarists in history. From acoustic ballads to hard rock standards, his use of unconventional scales and tunings, innovative use of electronic effects, and fresh approaches to records and production took the rock genre to a new level. His solo from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is still widely considered the greatest guitar solo of all time, four decades since it was recorded.

Rob Hochschild: interview
Filmed by 21summit Productions
Joe Barnard: videographer, editor
Simon Katz: audio

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#RARE Billy Joel on 16 Track The Lost L.A. Tapes – 1972 #raremusic #music Interview w/ Larry Russell @LRussellBass #Rare #Photos!

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by Karen A. Brown @IndieStardust @StardustBlueCEO

Larry Russell is a dear friend and when I saw what he had found in his archives I had to share it with you!

These five original songs feature Billy Joel, Larry Russell, Rhys Clark, and Al Hertzberg in 1972!  The sessions were recorded in Los Angeles at Paramount Recording Studios on Santa Monica Boulevard shortly after performing at the famous Sigma Studio, which was the concert that got Billy noticed by Columbia Records.

Thank you Larry Russell for supplying these rare recordings!

Interview with Larry Russell: Original Bass player for Billy Joel’s band 1972

KAB: How did you meet Billy and what year was it?

Billy Joel Miami Convention Center April 1st 1972 PHOTO: Susan Geiser
Billy Joel Miami Convention Center April 1st 1972
PHOTO: Susan Geiser

LR: It was early 1967 my band THE AGE OF REASON auditioned to be the opening act in a long island club called MY HOUSE owned by Danny Mazur. His son Irwin would later become Billy’s manager during my tenure. And that’s how it all began; my band opened up for THE HASSLES every Friday and Saturday night for a few months and also shared lots of shows with them outside of the club, like PALISADES AMUSEMENT PARK and HS proms.


Original  Billy Joel Band: February 1972 Live at The University of Southern Illinois
Original Billy Joel Band: February 1972 Live at The University of Southern Illinois












KAB: How did you come across these lost recordings? Tell us about all these great original tracks!

LR:  I had been looking for this tape for about 2 years now and stumbled across it accidentally, while opening some storage bins. I knew I should digitize it because it was on a cassette that was recorded by a good friend of mine, Alan Diaz, who was present during the sessions in Los Angeles. The engineer took a feed from the board and transferred it into Alan’s little Panasonic mono recorder. That tape was transferred onto another tape that he gave to me and I digitized it in my studio and gave that to the administrator of a great Billy Joel fan forum on Facebook run by pretty cool Billy Joel fan, Mike Stutz. The forum name is called Billy Joel: Completely Retold. the sessions took place in Los Angeles in April 1972 at the Paramount Studios on Santa Monica Boulevard. I believe we recorded there 1 or 2 days in one week to record about six songs. The engineer was the same one who worked with James Taylor on Fire and Rain. I remember those sessions as being a very happy time for us as that was a great momentum for us at that point.

KAB: What was the atmosphere like recording with Billy during this session?

LR: My old drummer bandmate, Alan Diaz. who would later go on to play Sergio Mendez, was attending this session and it was his cassette tape that was used to make the digital transfer of these sessions. The atmosphere was never tense. Between Billy, Rhys and I, there were plenty of ‘NY kidding’ around to keep us loose in the studio. And besides, we had a very successful string of dates that solidified Billy’s future success to come.

Larry Russel Photo by Symie Dahut
Larry Russel Photo by Symie Dahut

KAB: What was the equipment did you guys used to record?

LR:  I used a 1972 Fender Prescision Bass that Billy bought me, mostly because my Rickenbacker Bass was getting played out. Al Hertzberg used his new Strat, that Billy bought him, as well. Rhys used his custom kit with Ludwig hardware. And Billy used the studio’s Steinway Grand. The engineer that day was Bill Lazarus, who two years prior engineered James Taylor’s Fire and Rain LP. He was awesome. The room provided him a 16 track Studer. I believe these sessions lasted two to three days.

KAB: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers, Larry?

LR: Yes, this band is releasing some live material from our reunion show from last year at The Bitter End on iTunes soon. It is called ‘Long, Long Time’ and look out for us later this year when we mini-tour a few shows down the East Coast.

KAB: Where can folks see you play now?

LR: We are planning an East Coast multi city mini-tour and I will provide info relating to this on Facebook. I am also in the midst of mixing the tracks from our Bitter End Reunion Show from last September 22, 2013 and those tracks will soon be available for sale as a download on iTunes as soon as it is completed.

Thanks for dropping in here with me on Indiestardust Larry! Wonderful hearing these incredible stories!

Find Larry on Twitter @LRussellBass and on Facebook 

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The record relates to our famous concert at Sigma in Philly 2


@GeorgeTakei : Lions and Tigers and Bears : The Internet Strikes Back and #SWSX March 11th

Pop Culture icon, funny man, internet wizard and Star Trek alumni, George Takei has launched, yet again, into the final frontier! His new book Lions and Tigers and Bears (The Internet Strikes Back) (Life, the Internet and Everything) has hit the stratosphere at #2 on Amazon Kindle’s ebook Biographies and Memoirs!

Here at Indiestardust we say “Let’s take George to Number 1!!! Go George!!” His Facebook Fan page has 6,267,251 likes with over 7 million talking about him and sharing his daily antidotes! And each meme or photo he shares on the page can get up to 70k shares from fans! If you are not following Geore, what are you waiting for?

George has a truly good and kind heart, which also reflects his twitter account.  He tells us all to call him Uncle George.

Our Uncle George is happily married to his longtime love, Brad.  He’s worked dilegently on marriage equality and LGBT rights. He takes a stand for all with humour, grace and intention! Bless you George! Everyone deserves to be happy, free and loved!

George also has a new episodic short talk show on Youtube called Takei’s Take where he discusses any topic he has his eye on, which means the multiverse is the limit!

And Just in!!!  George Takei Will Take the Stage on Tuesday, March 11 at SWSX!!  

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Some fun from George’s Facebook Fanpage!

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George Takei Disses William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy on Conan.

George writes on his website: “I had been on the Howard Stern Show many times before – a few times intentionally, but more often, not. The times I went on the Stern Show with purpose were to promote a play I was doing or the publication of my autobiography, “To the Stars.” But more frequently, I’ve been on the show via bandit recordings of phrases I said while on the show – like, “Oh my!” – or a phone conversation with a celebrity imitator with whom I talked, thinking it was the real celebrity – most absurdly, a brief conversation with a rather poor imitator of Ricardo Montalban. Howard Stern has had his fun with me – and his listeners seemed to be having a hilarious good time listening to his mischiefs. The Stern Show technicians even took my voice from the audiocassette version of my autobiography and manipulated the words to make it seem as if I were actually making some outrageously vulgar statements. They say they’re doing all this because they love me, but, I must say, I’ve never been loved in such a bizarre way.”

Here’s the clip of George’s appearance with the Ricardo Montalban impersonator, Kidd Chris on The Howard Stern Show.

Uncle George shares everything to make you smile….

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By Karen A. Brown

Captain with Mr Green jeans Lumpy Branum and Dancing Bear Gus AllagretieAs a kid, I sat “Indian style” on the rug in front of a black and white TV and watched a show called Capt. Kangaroo in New York City.  It was the 1960’s. This is where I was first introduced to Chuck McCann.  His work, his love of children, animals , art and having a good time has spanned decades and genres. He’s a living national treasure!

I chatted with Chuck a few times this past year about writing a bit about him and hadn’t gotten around to it. Honestly, his career is so expansive I was concerned I wouldn’t/couldn’t  do him justice. And I’m sure I won’t yet, here it is his 78th birthday and I find myself writing! Yes, Chuck you are not only a comediec giant you are one of the warmest, kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with and I wish you the happiest of birthdays! Thank you for bringing joy to so many of us!

I will attempt to give readers a small taste of who Chuck McCann is, but there is so much more that I will also guide you to youtube and google search, because you will find more brilliant charms like this!

RARE INTERVIEW: Chuck McCann Explains How He Became Friends With Stan Laurel

Chuck’s stories of old Hollywood are not to be missed. His book “Chuck McCann’s Let’s Have Fun Scrapbook” is a carefully crafted creative journey of Old Hollywood with the forward penned by Billy Crystalforward by billy crystal

Chuck McCann on Wikipedia

(Just to gift you with some background!)

McCann hosted comedy/variety TV puppet shows in the New York area. McCann (with Ashley) did The Puppet Hotel for WNTA-TV, Channel 13; then Laurel & Hardy & Chuck, Let’s Have Fun and The Chuck McCann Show for WPIX, Channel 11; and finally, The Chuck McCann Show, The Great Bombo’s Magic Cartoon Circus Lunchtime Show and Chuck McCann’s Laurel and Hardy Show for WNEW-TV, Channel 5. In addition, Chuck was the comedy sidekick on the WPIX long-running Clay Cole Show.

McCann’s career was burgeoning by the time he left Channel 5.  By the end of the 1960s, he had appeared to critical acclaim in the 1968 film The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and performed regularly on CBS’s The Garry Moore Show and Happy Days (not the later sitcom). He also began a successful cartoon voice career, doing everything from Bob Kane’s Cool McCool to Sonny the Cuckoo Bird (“I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!”) in commercials for General Mills. He had even been one of the stars of producer George Schlatter’s ill-fated offshoot of Laugh-In, the one-episode Turn-On.

In the 1970s, McCann’s life and career shifted west, and he relocated to Los Angeles. He made frequent appearances on network television in everything from Bonanza to Columbo to The Bob Newhart Show. He appeared in the 1973 made for TV movie The Girl Most Likely to…. He had a steadier job as a regular on Norman Lear’s All That Glitters. In addition, he co-starred with Bob Denver in CBS’s Saturday-morning sitcom Far Out Space Nuts, which he co-created. The 1970s also brought him fame in a long-running series of commercials for Right Guard anti-perspirant: he was the enthusiastic neighbor with the catch phrase “Hi guy!” who appeared on the other side of a shared medicine cabinet, opposite actor Bill Fiore. McCann also impersonated Oliver Hardy in commercials for various products (teaming with Jim MacGeorge as Stan Laurel), and for a few years he played the holiday-season recurring role of Kris Kringle on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara.
McCann continued voice work for cartoons, playing Jollo, Bookworm, Bump-On-A-Log, and Woof in 1992’s King’s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow and speaking as The Thing on the The Fantastic Four and Hulk animated cartoon series. He was also the voice of Leatherneck in the 2nd season of G.I. Joe. Throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, he has been in commercials—at Christmas he has played Santa Claus for one product or another—and TV/movie gigs (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch). He also voices Navarro, and Buck in Random! Cartoons and Dumptruck,Gibber, and Sadie in Disney’s Talespin.

I asked Chuck about his friendship with Mae West and he shared this classic story:

Chuck: One night she performed for us until the wee hours. She thought I reminded her of her manager Timony.

She told me stories of how she developed her character. She followed this one women who had this very Hoitie gate and she said she walked behind her imitating her walk. When the women felt her presence and turned “Can I help you lady”,  she remarked looking down her nose at her with her hands on her hip swaggering in a even more Hoitie attitude.  All Mae could say was that she admired her Hat, and orstrige plume and queried if it was for sale???  “This was given to me by a friend. IT WAS A GIFT>>>AND I DON’T SELL GIFTS.” With that she turned and walked off… and “Mae the Character” was born.. and that came from her lips on that couch , one great night siting on that couch…

(PHOTOS from Chuck McCann’s archives)

Chuck McCann is also an accomplished artist and cartoonist!  

As, I told you there are so many dimensions to Chuck McCann. He’s just brilliant!

Chuck paints and draws everywhere from his art studio to napkins at restaurants. He calls them his ” Napatoons”


Impersonation scene – The Projectionist (1971) with Chuck McCann

Far Out Space Nuts

In another wondeful kids show Chuck co-starred with funny man Bob Denver ( Gilligan’s Island)

Chuck’s “Dick Tracy” character from WPIX becomes Detective Dump of Bunko Squad on WNEW.

Note that, rather than a wrist radio, Dump sports a Princess phone.

If you love nostalgia and Old Hollywood Chuck’s book is a must have! 

Again, thank you Chuck you are truly a gift to so many!! Much love from my home to yours. Happy Birthday!  xo Karen
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