The 5th Dimension: Workin’ On a Groovy Thing

The 5th Dimension:
Workin’ On a Groovy Thing

  © 2000 Bill DeYoung Florence LaRue remembers when Frank Sinatra presented her group, the 5thDimension, with a gold record for their album Stoned Soul Picnic. “We were performing with him at Caesar’s Palace, and the people wanted him to present it to us onstage,” she...
Meet The Bangles

Meet The Bangles

  @2000 Anyone who thinks rock ‘n’ roll is strictly men’s work hasn’t given a lot of thought to the Bangles. Nourished in equal amounts by the creative wellspring of ’60s pop and the fast–food franchise of ’70s punk and “new wave,” the Los Angeles–based quartet made a...
We Just Disagree:  The Story Of Dave Mason

We Just Disagree:
The Story Of Dave Mason

  @1996   In rock ‘n’ roll, the road may go on forever, but the shoulders are littered with carcasses. To be a survivor, a rock musician has to be able to take the bumps, bruises and creased fenders, to clear hurdles and cross bridges, all the while keeping the gas...
Linda Ronstadt: An Unexpected Journey

Linda Ronstadt:
An Unexpected Journey

  ©2003 There are many things about her career that Linda Ronstadt wishes she’d done differently. Still, the most successful female singer of the rock ‘n’ roll era is happily 56 years old, raising two young children, and working only when she wants to. “All musicians,...
Tim and Neil Finn: The Lost Interview

Tim and Neil Finn:
The Lost Interview

(1996, Bill DeYoung)   The landscape of contemporary pop music would be far less interesting were it not for the semi-annual appearances on record of the Finn brothers, Tim and Neil. Tim started Split Enz in his native New Zealand, in the early ’70s, and a few years...