Category: Music
Anubis Hitchhiking to Byzantium

Let’s have a drum roll please while I announce the John Cripps Album of the Year award for 2014.  I’m opening the envelope…and the winner is, Anubis, for the album, Hitchhiking to Byzantium. Yes, I realize 2014 isn’t over yet, and there are many more albums to be released before year-end. I just know none of them are going to

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Kick-ass Press Kit

[ IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP IF YOU WANNA ROCK N ROLL ] Your Press Kit is your entire band’s history in a nutshell. All the sweat and blood that went into your shows, your songs and your band promotion is right there in an envelope. Your whole band’s life in a flash. How do you put all

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Long Live Rock “Rock is dead they say,” sang Roger Daltrey of The Who. It was 1972 and music critics were passing their eulogies on rock music…only one wave of many such “last rites.” So Daltrey’s next line was an “in your face” response: “LONG LIVE ROCK!” The following year was arguably the finest in Rock history* – so much

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Kevin Pokallus & Uriah Heep

There I Was On A July Morning… I don’t believe in accidents. Some brief “chance” moments in life can have major repercussions on down the line. My lifelong love affair with the music of Uriah Heep and Ken Hensley began with just such a brief grain in the sands of time. It was the early 70’s and I had recently

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Band Websites by John Cripps

WHY BOTHER? I hate to say it, but most bands do not have their Internet act together. They are more concerned with their music than with promotion. The Internet has given bands the opportunity to do some serious promotion in a very inexpensive, yet powerful way. Handled correctly, you can get more people to your gigs and get your recorded

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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Choosing the best web strategy for promoting bands is a subject that often elicits heated debate (I think I hear “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background). Before the days of social media, everyone moved along just fine with a static or dynamic website. Then along came MySpace, and later, Facebook. These

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Band Logos by John Cripps

Branding and packaging is at the heart of rock and roll! Some of us remember the golden age of rock record album covers. Along with it came the striking logos that still burn in our memory. We think of AC/DC, Kiss, Aerosmith and many others. And who can forget the Led Zeppelin logo with the four symbols? Most of these

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My First Kidney Stone Imagine sitting around the dining table with friends enjoying Southern fried chicken on a peaceful Sunday afternoon. The next thing you know you are feeling queasy. So, you stand up and head over to the bathroom. By the time you arrive you are breaking out in cold sweats. Seconds later, you are on the floor, bent

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Rock And Roll Power Trios… Ohhh the magic of the power trio. I just finished listening to some old Grand Funk Railroad, marveling at the simplicity and uber-kick-ass-coolability of what I like to call “talented garage rock.” I am afraid this sort of format is a “lost art,” and that is a crying shame. In the late sixties and early

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Records LPs Vinyl

Once Upon A Time There Was Magic In The Air… In a galaxy far, far away…NO! STOP! Actually, right here in America, there once existed a real magic. It was well-known and openly practiced by multitudes of anxious practitioners. It brought love, happiness, and empowerment to everyday people. Sadly, with the passing of time, the magic faded into obscurity. Today,

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I am trying out the audio embedding by linking to a song demo of  mine from 2007. The song is titled “Heroes Lament” and is part of a concept album based on the short-lived television series, “Firefly.”

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