Classic Movie Hub is hosting a You Fascinate Me So:
The Life and Times of Cy Coleman Book Giveaway!
From now through Saturday, June 6th, Classic Movie Hub will be giving away a total of SIX copies of You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman by Andy Propst!
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Guitar Player magazine is hosting a contest to win a Brian May Red Special Guitar!!
First Prize: A Red Special Guitar signed by Brian May. This Brian May guitar is faithful to the spirit of Brian’s original ‘Red Special’, an instrument that has achieved iconic status and a unique place in rock history, and designed by Brian May himself. Retail value $2000
Second Prize: A copy of the book, “Brian May’s Red Special” Retail value: $30
The contest ends next Monday, April 13th!
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Guitar Player and Rolling Stones Gear have teamed up to give you a chance to Win the Brands of the Rolling Stones! Now you can own some of the major brands of equipment the Rolling Stones played including Fender, Martin, Framus, Zemaitis, Gretsch, and Vox in this exciting new sweepstakes! They are also giving away the new book Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones’ Instruments from Stage to Studio by Andy Babiuk and Greg Prevost. Now you have a chance to win this top-notch Vox amp! Read this excerpt from the book about how the band used to worship these amps!
Bill Wyman officially joined the group on January 5. Apparently, Mick, Keith, and Brian had finally decided that Bill was in after what could best be described as a trial period. Bill explained: “They didn’t like me, but I had a good amplifier, and they were badly in need of amplifiers at that time! So, they kept me on. Later, when they were going to get rid of me, I think I clicked or something and I stayed. I must have just fitted in.” Ian Stewart later commented, “There is a certain amount of truth that Bill was taken on for his equipment, but Bill was very good.”
The group immediately incorporated Bill’s amplifiers into the backline. While the Watkins Westminster, a 10-watt amp that came with an 8-inch speaker, two inputs, a volume control, and a tone control that also acted as an on- off switch, was a nice addition, the real prize was Bill’s Vox AC-30.
Keith, more impressed by this particular amp than he was with Bill, later commented: “Bill had amplifiers! Bill came fully equipped. A Vox AC-30 amplifier, which was beyond our means to possess. Built by Jennings in Dartford. We used to worship it. We used to look at it and get on our knees. To have an amplifier was crucial. First off, I just wanted to separate Bill from his amplifier. But that was before he started playing with Charlie.” Watkins, later WEM (Watkins Electric Music), was a London-based company started by Charlie Watkins that specialized in amplification.
The Vox AC-30 was considered the best and loudest guitar amplifier on the market in England at the time. Bill’s AC-30 was tan or beige, commonly referred to as “fawn-colored.” The official model name for the amp was the Vox AC-30/6 Twin Normal; “6” meaning six inputs, “Twin” meaning two speakers, and “Normal” meaning the guitar rather than bass version. The AC-30 was equipped with four EL84 power tubes, five pre-amp tubes, and a single GZ34 rectifier tube. Jim Elyea’s definitive book Vox Amplifiers The JMI Years states that: “Bill’s original ‘fawn’ AC-30 was built in approximately February 1962 and was purchased from the Art Nash Music Shop. Bill’s is a Normal model with a brownish copper panel with no Top Boost circuit. The two original leather handles have been replaced with newer Vox SBU handles. The amp is equipped with a pair of Celestion Blue T.530 12-inch speakers and has a sticker inside the amp indicating that the amp was serviced by Alan Pyne.”
The Vox factory was located in Dartford, where Mick and Keith grew up, and the primary Vox amplifier showroom was the Jennings music shop on Charing Cross Road in central London. Jennings Musical Industries was established by Tom Jennings in 1958. In 1962, the operation further expanded its horizons with the introduction of Vox guitars The company’s Vox amplifiers were devised by JMI’s chief design engineer, Dick Denney.. Denney, who was also the creator of the AC-30, started the Vox amplifier line with a 15-watt unit. He then reasoned that what musicians really needed was a twin-speaker amp with six inputs. Denney remembered Tom Jennings’s reaction to the concept: “He said to me, ‘Well, you do what you like Dick, but if it doesn’t work, your head’s on the chopping block.’ As it turned out, the AC-30 became the jewel in Vox’s crown; it’s what put Vox on the map. I made the amp so that it sounded good to me. It was old technology, and I think old technology still prevails.” One of the design oddities of the AC-30 was the situation of its control panel at the back of the top of the cabinet. Denney explained that his fellow guitarists at the time often sat behind their amplifiers, which projected a reverb-type effect into the hall from the front and a “dry” sound from the open back. Wyman’s Vox AC-30 amplifier cost £105, about $300 then, the equivalent of about £1,340 ($1,870) today.
On January 14, 1963, Tony Chapman was fired at the end of a gig at the Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho, London. The January 14, 1963, entry in Keith’s diary reads simply, “Tony Sacked!” Bill Wyman remembered: “Tony was told that his services were no longer required. He was furious and said, ‘Come on, Bill, let’s go and start a new band.’ I told him I was staying with the Stones, and Tony just upped and left.”
Guitar Player and Rolling Stones Gear have teamed up to give you a chance to Win the Brands of the Rolling Stones! Now you can own some of the major brands of equipment the Rolling Stones played including Fender, Martin, Framus, Zemaitis, Gretsch, and Vox in this exciting new sweepstakes! They are also giving away the new book Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones’ Instruments from Stage to Studio by Andy Babiuk and Greg Prevost. Now you have a chance to win this stunning Framus bass! Andy and Greg wrote about Bill’s decision to play a Framus in Rolling Stones Gear.
BILL WYMAN’S FRAMUS STAR BASS
During August and September, the group began doing more shows on the ballroom circuit. Crowd hysteria and chaos grew with their popularity. Bill was no longer comfortable using his customized fretless Dallas Tuxedo bass onstage, fearing that it might be damaged or, worse yet, stolen. So, he went to the Art Nash music shop in Penge on September 2 and purchased a Framus Star F5/150 bass. He remembered: “I decided to buy a new bass guitar. I helped finance my purchase by selling my old bass cabinet and amp to Tony Chapman for £25. He had put together a new band with Steve Carroll and some friends. They called themselves the Preachers.”
On why he decided to go with a Framus Star bass, he explained: “I never really settled on anything. About the only thing around at that time that was suitable was a Framus Star—you know, with the big cherry body. I played it upright because it was still quite a long guitar and my arms are short as well. I found it physically easier to stretch up and down than sideways. I played one of those up through 1968. I tried a few Vox guitars, some Gibsons, and various Fenders, because of the sound. The boys always used to say, ‘Why don’t you try a Fender—you get a really good sound and it’s easy to record and all that. I would agree, but I could not play the bloody things. I tried the Mustang, the smaller version, and there were a couple more I can’t remember. I actually did an album with the Mustang, though I can’t remember which one. After that I tried a Gibson for onstage, but the bottom strings were really dull sounding.” He added that, “It was better for what we were doing then. My bass [the Dallas] was wonderful for the blues—you know the real down-home, earthy blues—, because I got a fantastic sound with that. When I went on to the Star Bass, it became more R&B, when the Stones became more R&B as well. I got that in the when we started to do ballrooms. The endorsement came after we started to become popular.”
Bill’s Framus Star F5/150 bass was a single-cutaway, 18-inch wide, thin hollow body with two white-bound ƒ-holes. The bass was finished in a red-to-black sunburst and had white binding, two pickups, and a black pickguard, on which the Framus logo was embossed in white. The white volume and tone controls were mounted directly on the pickguard instead of the body of the bass. The adjustable bridge was made of rosewood, with a Framus trapezes tailpiece engraved with “Star Bass.” The bass was fitted with a very thin, multi-laminated, long-scale, bolt-on neck with a bound rosewood fingerboard and a two-per-side headstock with white plastic-shaft tuning pegs.
Fred Wilfer founded Framus in Germany in 1946, at first concentrating on acoustic instruments. By 1954, Framus had started adding pickups to their guitars and was making thin body, semi-acoustic guitars and basses by 1958. Framus was known for their multi-laminated necks and their unique pickups and electronic designs. With the help of the escalating beat boom, the instruments became very popular and were distributed in Great Britain through the London-based Dallas company.
Bill first used his Framus Star bass on stage the same day he bought it, at Studio 51, the group’s Monday evening residency. He remembered, “That night I used it at Studio 51 and had to admit it was much better than my homemade bass.” He used it for the first time on television when the Stones mimed “Come On” on ABC-TVs “Lucky Stars Summer Spin,” which was filmed on September 8, 1963, and aired on September 14.
Guitar Player and Rolling Stones Gear have teamed up to give you a chance to Win the Brands of the Rolling Stones! Now you can own some of the major brands of equipment the Rolling Stones played including Fender, Martin, Framus, Zemaitis, Gretsch, and Vox in this exciting new sweepstakes! They are also giving away the new book Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones’ Instruments from Stage to Studio by Andy Babiuk and Greg Prevost.
This giveaway is open to residents of the United States or the District of Columbia and you must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry (see the official sweepstakes rules below). One lucky winner will be randomly selected after October 31, 2014.
Are you a true fan of Doctor Who? The first person to correctly answer the following questions will win a free copy of Doctor Who FAQ by Dave Thompson. Don’t forget to include your email address so we can contact you if you win!
1. Who played the first Doctor?
2. Who (or what) is the Doctor’s longest-running nemesis?
3. Who is the Doctor’s current companion?
4. How many incarnations has the Doctor had?
Doctor Who is indisputably the most successful and beloved series on UK TV, and the most watched series in the history of BBC America. Doctor Who FAQ tells the complete story of its American success, from its first airings on PBS in the 1970s, through to the massive Doctor Who fan conventions that are a staple of the modern-day science fiction circuit. Combining a wealth of information and numerous illustrations, Doctor Who FAQ also includes a comprehensive episode guide.
From the Doctor’s most impressive alien foes and the companions who have fought alongside him to unimagined planets and unexpected points in history, from some of the greatest minds ever to have walked the Earth, to the most evil beings ever to haunt the universe, it’s all covered here, including the Tardis, the none-too-reliable “bigger on the inside than the out” blue box in which the Doctor travels.
Test your knowledge of film noir! Be the first person to answer all three questions correctly (and tell us about your favorite noir film) and you’ll get a free copy of Film Noir FAQ by David Hogan. Don’t forget to include your email address so we can contact you in case you’re the winner.
1. Who played Norma Desmond’s butler Max in Sunset Boulevard?
2. Name three movies that Humphrey Bogart starred in.
3. Who wrote the original novel Psycho in 1959?
Bonus question – What is your favorite noir film?
Film Noir FAQ celebrates and reappraises some 200 noir thrillers representing 20 years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Noir pulls us close to brutal cops and scheming dames, desperate heist men and hardboiled private eyes, and the unlucky innocent citizens that get in their way. These are exciting movies with tough guys in trench coats and hot tomatoes in form-fitting gowns. The moon is a streetlamp and the narrow streets are prowled by squad cars and long black limousines. Lives are often small but people’s plans are big – sometimes too big. Robbery, murder, gambling; the gun and the fist; the grift and the con game; the hard kiss and the brutal brush-off.
Film Noir FAQ brings lively attention to story, mood, themes, and technical detail, plus behind-the-scenes stories of the production of individual films. Featuring numerous stills and posters – many never before published in book form – highlighting key moments of great noir movies. Film Noir FAQ serves up insights into many of the most popular and revered names in Hollywood history, including noir’s greatest stars, supporting players, directors, writers, and cinematographers.
Pour a Scotch, light up a smoke, and lean back with your private guide to film noir.
Back to our regularly scheduled trivia quiz! First person to answer all four questions correctly will win a free copy of Fab Four FAQ 2.0 by Robert Rodriguez. Include your email address so we can contact you if you win.
Q: What song did John Lennon pen on Ringo’s 1976 album Rotogravure?
Q: Where did John and Yoko honeymoon in March 1969?
Q: What song was McCartney originally accredited to, despite having nothing to do with the composition?
Q: What did Paul apparently say to a reporter when first asked about the death of John Lennon?
In the years following the 1960s, Beatle fans around the world were twice-stunned: in 1970, when their beloved group disbanded, and ten years later when the murder of John Lennon ended a decade of hope that somehow the Fab Four would reunite. Fab Four FAQ 2.0 picks up the story where the acclaimed Fab Four FAQ left off. Loaded with images of rare period ephemera, including periodicals, single sleeves, and movie stills, this is the first comprehensive biography of all four ex-Beatles. This book covers everything from their recording careers in the decade after the band’s dissolution to the musicians they played with, the bands they influenced, the manifestations of latter-day Beatlemania, and the constant clamor for reunion expressed by fans and – sometimes – by the four themselves.