Be safe, have fun, eat too much candy, ride a horse, catch an outlaw, kiss a ghost, dance with a mummy and then eat some more candy!
Monday, October 27, 2014
I was fourteen years old when I attended my first rock and roll concert, journeying, with my best friend Bob Izzo, from the wilds of Brooklyn into The City (which is what we called Manhattan: no other name was needed), making our way up from the subway, out onto the streets and straight for the mammoth New York citadel called Madison Square Garden. There were other bands on the bill that November night, but we were there to see three men whose music had set our souls on fire: Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton, collectively known as Cream (not the Cream, as many people mistakenly called them). In 1968, Bruce, Baker and Clapton weren’t quite the gods that the Beatles were—who was?—but they were close, and seeing them live, on their farewell tour, was a thrill I haven’t forgotten.
My Teenage Self was enthralled by the long solos—Baker’s drum solo on “Toad” went on for something like twenty minutes—but, to be honest, if I had to sit through those lengthy jams now, I think I’d jump out the nearest window. All these years later, it’s the songs—brought to life by three of the finest musicians of the era—that endure. Jack Bruce (usually joined by lyricist Pete Brown) was Cream’s primary songwriter and his unique and soulful voice gave life to many of those memorable tracks. Bruce was also as inventive, and exuberant, a bass player as rock has ever seen.
Jack Bruce died yesterday and a piece of rock and roll history died with him. Let’s celebrate the man by listening to some his finest music: first Cream’s classic album, Disraeli Gears…
…and then Jack’s first solo album, an underrated gem called Songs For a Tailor.
Heartfelt condolences to Jack Bruce’s family and friends—and heartfelt thanks for the amazing body of work.
© copyright 2014 J.M. DeMatteis
Posted by J.M. DeMatteis at 2:32 PM
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I'll be heading into New York City this week to participate in Marvel's 75th Anniversary celebration at the New York Comic Con. For those of you who'll be attending, my schedule is below.
Marvel 75th Anniversary:
Crafting the Marvel Event
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT
Sit down with Executive Editor Tom Brevoort for an inside look into how a major Marvel event is constructed, from the perspective of writers, artists, and editors. Hear first-hand accounts about the creative collaborations that brought you Marvel’s biggest stories! Panelists include Brian Michael Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Kurt Busiek (AVENGERS), Tom DeFalco (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), J.M. DeMatteis (CAPTAIN AMERICA), Al Milgrom (WEST COAST AVENGERS), Fabian Nicieza (X-MEN), and Jim Starlin (INFINITY GAUNTLET).
Marvel 75th Anniversary:
Friendly Neighborhood Marvel
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT
Join Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada as he sits down with creators of past and present to shine the spotlight on Marvel’s street-level characters. This panel will include Spider-Man and Daredevil creators, as well as writers and artists who have contributed to the mythos of heroes like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Moon Knight, Luke Cage, and more! Panelists include Mark Bagley (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN), Gerry Conway (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Tom DeFalco (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), J.M. DeMatteis (SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN), Ralph Macchio (DAREDEVIL), Doug Moench (MOON KNIGHT), and Ann Nocenti (DAREDEVIL).
From 4:00 pm—5:30 pm I'll be part of the Marvel 75th Anniversary Signing in the Galleria of the Javits Center. It's a cornucopia of Marvel creators, past and present, including Mark Bagley, Brian Bendis, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Gerry Conway, Peter David, Danny Fingeroth, Ron Garney, Klaus Janson, Ralph Macchio, Todd McFarlane, Doug Moench, Don McGregor, Ann Nocenti, Grek Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Slott, Len Wein and many more.
Signing at the Marvel Booth (booth #1354) from 3-4pm
And that's it. Hope to see you there!
Posted by J.M. DeMatteis at 10:58 AM