The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ at 50: Polishing a diamond

The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ at 50: Polishing a diamond

One example of the durability of Abbey Road, the final Beatles album, is that the remix in its new, 50th anniversary edition barely registers. Abbey Road was so carefully crafted back in the summer of ’69, so well-produced, that there was hardly any tweaking to be...
Levels of hell: Chuck Sereika and 9/11

Levels of hell: Chuck Sereika and 9/11

@2006 Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers VERO BEACH, Fla. — It wasn’t bravery that compelled Chuck Sereika to walk into the smoldering ruin of the World Trade Center the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. It was fear. His sister Joy had a left a message on his answering...
‘I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews’ out now

‘I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews’ out now

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – St. Petersburg Press has published I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews, an anthology by longtime Florida journalist and author Bill DeYoung. I Need to Know includes 23 revealing conversations with seminal music artists including Tom Petty...
Rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest photobomb

Rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest photobomb

@2004 Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers You want to talk about being in the right place at the right time? Paul Cole, a retired salesman on Florida’s Treasure Coast, is in one of the most beloved, most reproduced and most iconic photographs of the past 35 years....
Tales of City Hall: The ‘racist mural’ controversy

Tales of City Hall: The ‘racist mural’ controversy

St. Petersburg’s City Hall is 80 years old, so its current temporary closure – for replacing the roof and upgrading the air conditioning and heating systems – seems reasonable enough. The last time the venerable Mediterranean Revival-style building got a facelift was...

Beyond the blues: TC Carr travels a rocky road

It might have been that first, massive heart attack in 2003, or maybe it was the second one seven years later, or the third, just six weeks ago. TC Carr says he got the message. “I’m trying to enjoy things,” the 68-year-old musician shrugs. “Absolutely, I‘m here for a...