This Blog’s For Neil Young – kind of

Back in 1988, Neil Young wrote a song called This Note’s For You. He was angered by the extent to which rock and pop musicians were entering into partnerships with major corporations, thus effectively becoming part of their advertising strategies. The song included the lines, “Ain’t singing for Pepsi, Ain’t singing for Coke. I don’t … Read more

No sleep until the KFC Yum Center – the hideous corporatising of rock music venues

Rock music is a business. I understand that. I know that Bob Dylan would never have been able to deliver his revolutionary messages to the youth of the world if he hadn’t been signed to a giant multi-national music conglomerate. (One which I worked for at one point in the 80s) So, I get it. … Read more

Bowling with Status Quo – November 1993 – a 25th anniversary memory

One aspect of the Black Blog, aka The MusicDayzBlog, is going to be the publishing of pages from my diaries, which I started in 1974 and which are continuing to this day. To kick off this nostalgia-fest, here’s a couple of pages from the diary, written on November 10, 1993, when I had travelled up … Read more

Why is rock obsessed with skulls?

Don’t get me wrong. I like a good bonehead as much as the next man but how did rock music, especially heavy rock, become so inextricably linked with the imagery of skulls? Brain dead? Sometimes it seems that, like the ubiquitous skulls themselves, the designers of HM and heavy rock artwork have nothing between their … Read more

360m blogs and counting

Johnny Black's first diary cover 1974 Jesus on a stick with a lion
Johnny Black, diaries, books, music journalism, author
Johnny Black with examples of his work from 40 years in journalism, archiving and keeping diaries

It was recently estimated that there are 360 million blogs in the world. Fortunately, there are currently 7.7 billion people in the world, so the market place isn’t quite as saturated as that first alarming stat might suggest.

This is my first sally forth into the realm of the blogosphere and I’m not even going to attempt to justify why I’m doing it, except perhaps to observe, well, why not?

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