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Ljubinko Zivkovic

My Name is Albert Ayler and I Play Fire Music | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

My Name is Albert Ayler and I Play Fire Music

Albert Ayler, never getting the wider recognition he truly deserved, unleashed a free-form musical exploration that went beyond the boundaries of jazz or any other music that included everything he experienced musically – from church spirituals, New Orleans and Army brass music, to world folk forms, to free improvisation – any and all of these themes, often all at the same time....
Hal Willner and The True Art of a Musical Tribute | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Hal Willner and The True Art of a Musical Tribute

A single mind that actually kicked the whole musical tribute concept into fifth gear - Hal Willner, the 62-year old producer/arranger/composer/event manager. Now, Willner did not invent the tribute concept, but Amarcord Nino Rota, from 1981, the first tribute album he conceived and produced practically started the musical tribute process....
Julian Cope - How Can You Cope With All This? | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Julian Cope – How Can You Cope With All This?

Julian Cope, a guy who once titled an album "Too Freud To Rock and Roll, Too Jung To Die", has a list of things he’s done or is doing, besides playing music, probably as long as anybody’s arm. Whether he's been able to turn himself into a mythological figure may not be certain yet, but he is certainly running close. Oh, and mythology is definitely one of the things he dabbles in, with dabble being an understatement....
Sly Stone - A Sad, Sad Family Affair | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Sly Stone – A Sad, Sad Family Affair

From a child prodigy, to rock producer, to leader of the first truly integrated rock/soul/funk band, and author of some of the best modern music and two of the best rock/soul/funk albums around, Sly Stone's life and musical story is a sadly unfinished one full of 'what-ifs.'...
One Of The Best Rock Albums Ever - 50 Years Later, Has Forever Changed Yet? | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

One Of The Best Rock Albums Ever – 50 Years Later, Has Forever Changed Yet?

In 1967, Arthur Lee and his then stable band, Love, came up with Forever Changes - widely considered to be their, and one of rock’s greatest masterpieces. While making some impact in Europe, in particular England, at the time, the album was practically ignored in the US. Now, 50 years later, the album is being recognized for what it is (even by Rolling Stone, who missed its greatness the first time around)....
Where have all the rock critics gone? | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Where have all the rock critics gone?

Most of the big names like Greil Marcus, Robert Christgau, and Simon Frith are still around; somewhere in columns in established cultural magazines, books, and even academia. But it seems that their style of integrated cultural, musical and sociological analysis that at the same time deconstructs and reconstructs certain musical work is less and less visible. What has happened?...
Alex Chilton - The Letter From The Other Side of Success | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Alex Chilton – The Letter From The Other Side of Success

How do you go from a #1 hit and being one of the most successful so-called blue-eyed soul artists and considered the progenitor of power pop by ecstatic critics, to never really making a success story out of it, to a patchy solo career and odd-jobs, then back to being a producer and musical encyclopedia of rock and roll, to almost fully rehabilitating your career by the end? Well, you would have to ask Alex Chilton, the man from Memphis who went through all of that - that is, if he were still with us....
Reissue Music Labels: Coming to the Forefront | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Reissue Music Labels: Coming to the Forefront

Reissue music labels, some old, some new, seem to be gaining in prominence. The reasons for that are both artistic and commercial. CDs are on their way to joining 8-track cartridges and cassettes, vinyl records are having yet another comeback, and more and more indie labels are popping up to rescue what they consider artistically valuable material from obscurity....

Ljubinko Zivkovic

From journalist to diplomat, to translator and back to writing and journalism. Living and working in The Netherlands.

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