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Industry Insider: Manilow, Zappa, and Bush PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 September 2007 07:17
Image By John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
What an unlikely trio! But the three relate to the music biz in a strange way.

Barry Manilow has figured out something the Dixie Chicks, Kanye West, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, and countless others have known for awhile; anti-Bush sells. Big.

But I can't help feeling like he screwed up. Today, Barry announced in a statement on TMZ.com that he was canceling his scheduled appearance on The View because he refuses to be on the stage with someone of conservative viewpoint, i.e; Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
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26 Questions for the Industry Insider from a Top-Notch Marketing Intern - Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 19:57
Image By John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH THIS SUMMER to work with two marketing interns from Illinois State University, David Sowa and Bob Thieman. Both are highly motivated and were more than helpful, I'll hire them both if I can swing it! I had them each give me 20 written questions at the end of their internships, but David, being the over-achiever he is, sent 26! Here they are, with my answers, I hope there's some helpful and/or interesting info for anyone trying to negotiate this crazy, expensive hobby we call the music biz. Thanks for reading! And as always feel free to ask me any questions you don't see touched on here!
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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: It's a Pick Thing! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 September 2007 19:26
Image By Ronny North - GJD Contributor
I thought I would talk about guitar picks in this column. Picks are so subjective to the player. These days there are so many types of picks made of different materials. Then there are all the different gauges or how thick the pick is.

Let's first look into the different materials that some of the picks are made of these days. Being a guitar player I'm always trying out different picks to see if it can improve my playing.

In my tests, I have found that different pick materials do make a difference in the tone of your guitar. Some of the materials I have tried are Metal; a great sound but the pick goes through strings pretty quickly and also tears up your guitar, but with great harmonics. Some pros that have used metal picks are Warren DeMartini, George Lynch, and Jeff Watson of Night Ranger.
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Industry Insider: Back to the Biz PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 17:57
ImageBy John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
I've strayed a bit from my original mission of being an "industry insider" for guitarists since the slow summer period began, but it's time to get back to it with so much happening that could really affect the direction of music sales.

It doesn't look good for indie labels right now, since the major labels' massive suit-and-tie clad groups of brilliant thinkers have determined that the solution to all our problems is to...give it away. They're not alone, artists who do mega-millions in touring see the futility of releasing the CD into retail distribution, with sales figures that only prove to disappoint and reflect negatively on the artist rather than the industry. Indies are working hard to equate stealing music to stealing hubcaps, we've made it so cheap that why steal it without looking like a bum? But major-label activities make it more clear everyday that music is free for the taking.
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Industry Insider: Interview with Rollin Weary of Cealed Kasket PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 August 2007 07:12
Image By John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
The Midwest band, Cealed Kasket continues to gain new fans with touring and great shows that appeal to a broad spectrum of folks; from musicians to students to hipsters to aging metalheads, to fans of medieval...anything! (For the sake of context, it'd be a great idea to visit www.cealedkasket.com to get an idea what CK's all about before reading this interview)

Guitarist Rollin Weary's sound is the driving force behind CK. With a love for 70's and 80's BC Rich and Moonstone guitars, boutique amps and cabinets, Morley pedals, solid, educated technique, and strong production skills, Rollin delivers unique, fun songwriting and diverse styles with every track.

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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: Adventures at The Los Angeles World Guitar Show PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 04:28
ImageBy Ronny North - GJD Contributor
August 4th I attended the Los Angeles World Guitar Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica California. The show is run by Larry Briggs and his family's 4 Amigos company.This year's event was co sponsored by Vintage Guitar Magazine.

The Briggs family are just the coolest people and I'm proud to call them my friends.The atmosphere they have at their shows is very family like and mellow. It's definitely something that the promoters of other guitar shows could learn from.

This was the first year that I haven't played the show in long time so it was nice to just hang out and check out all the cool gear. After walking in and immediately running into Larry's son Christian who also works the shows helping his family. He's a great kid and we were chatting about when we were hanging out at the Jam at the Arlington Guitar show last fall (they also put on that show as well as several others through out the year) I played at that show all weekend and at the jam they had on Saturday night.
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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: The Los Angeles World Guitar Show PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 04:28
Image By Ronny North - GJD Contributor
On August 4th, I attended the Los Angeles World Guitar Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. The show is run by Larry Briggs and his family's 4 Amigos company. This year's event was co-sponsored by Vintage Guitar Magazine.

The Briggs family are just the coolest people and I'm proud to call them my friends.The atmosphere they have at their shows is very family like and mellow. It's definitely something that the promoters of other guitar shows could learn from.
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A Fan's Notes: Guitarist Richard Thompson PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 August 2007 04:09
Image By Chip Lovitt - GJD Contributor
The first time I heard British folk-rock guitarist Richard Thompson was on a Fairport Convention LP called What We Did On Our Holidays. It must have been about 1968.

I was a keen student of the British folk-rock movement, and as one of the first British folk outfits to plug into electric instruments, Fairport had a unique sound all its own. The album was the perfect confluence of traditional British music, mid-60's American folk sounds, and rousing rock 'n' roll. It featured a treasure trove of terrific songs,
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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: It's a Guitar Thing! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 11:46
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I'm going to address something in my column today that I'm sure most guitar players experience. Sometimes I just wake up and I feel like playing a different guitar. I go through phases where I play guitars with Floyds on them and times when I use non-trem guitars.

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Whammy Bar: Joe Perry PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 August 2007 03:46
ImageBy Larry Dobrow, GJD Contributor
I first saw Aerosmith live during their first comeback, one record before they realized the best way to court 1980s-1990s music fans was with hooky, innuendo-laden pop songs and videos teeming with jailbait. Given the band's, uh, "allergies," the set was predictably sloppy: Half the arena mistook "Let the Music Do the Talking," the band's single at the time, for "Toys in the Attic." It wasn't pretty.

Ah, but then Joe Perry approached the mic. This was the guy who gave us the monster pre-verse "Mama Kin" solo, the riffy "Same Old Song and Dance," the "Train Kept A-Rollin'" squeal. He was the only band member who, at least on the surface, hadn't devolved into a caricature of hard-living burnout. Surely he'd make everything better.

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    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

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