Sergeant Hairclub

Rock Blog: 50 Years of Grateful Dead

I was a teenage Dead Head. I was familiar with 'Casey Jones' and 'Truckin' from hearing them on the radio, but I remember one day after a bunch of bong hits, a friend turned me on to 'American Beauty'. I was hooked. On the Dead…but probably the bong hits, too. From 1975 to 1982, I saw about 100...
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Rock Blog: The Top 8 Albums From 1991

Take yourself back 25 years. No matter where you were, no matter what you were doing, 1991 provided a soundtrack to your life. That, of course, is provided you were alive and consuming music back then. The biggest impact on music was the death of the Sunset Strip and the birth of Seattle, or as the...
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Rock Blog: The Ramones Turn 40

It would be reasonable to say that Punk Rock began in earnest in Tacoma when the amazing Sonics released “The Witch” in 1964. But the genre's roots in America began as a true musical art form in the 70s and early 80s. It was very different city to city. Los Angeles had The Germs and X, DC had Bad...
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Rock Blog: Zappa Matters

There's a good chance you’ve heard of Frank Zappa , but you may have never heard his music. There’s also a good chance you may have heard his music and not cared for it. It’s kind of hard to define, or put into a real genre. Where you could say Aerosmith was sort of like The Stones, or in their own...
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Rock Blog: Brian Wilson Plays 'Pet Sounds'

Why a blog about Brian Wilson? He was a Beach Boy, or more specifically, he was THEE Beach Boy. KISW is The Rock of Seattle. The Beach Boys are…well… oldies, Right? Well sure, that's one way of looking at it, but I offer a different perspective. Back in the late 70s in college, I was coming out of...
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