The year was 2006, it was the year I brought home my first Rolling Stone magazine and the year that changed my world. For the life of me, I can’t recall who was on the cover or why I was so intrigued to pick this issue up, but I was magnetically drawn to it as if something was screaming my name from within the thin, wide pages. Inside I found an article properly titled, “The Early Days”, that immediately grabbed my attention. The story took place in 1968 about 6 months after the first issue hit stands. It talked about the writers, their beliefs, and the material in the first published issue. I was transfixed; the gritty glamour of being able to write about the music and musicians that inspire you was more than I knew I could ever want. “This was it,” I thought, “my calling”.
Back then the RS had “one rule”: “say what you think”. They weren’t afraid to break boundaries and show the insides of the rock ‘n’ roll universe. They inspired millions and helped make it possible for rock’n’roll to reach the masses. For me rock’n’roll has always been so much more than just a genre of music; it’s a lifestyle, an attitude, and a way of being. I’m lucky enough to have never know a life without it. Growing up, the first band I remember hearing was Aerosmith, courtesy of my mother. I later found love in the blues-rock that makes up the Stones, Led Zeppelin, and of course my favorite, Guns N Roses, as well as so much more. Some say Rock ‘n’ Roll is a dead or dying genre, but for those of us that are living and breathing rock ‘n’ roll every single day know differently.
After spending many years writing for myself, for magazines, and even attending some time in college to study journalism, I decided it was time for me to take a step back and really think about what my goals were. I allowed doubt and life to disrupt my thoughts and give me writer’s block from hell, so I turned in another direction and found a love in cosmetology. But, like they say, you never truly forget your first love. This is why I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and go after my dream because, frankly, life is too short to not do what you love. This blog will be my place to go back to these roots I made. My vinyl mishappings will bring you concert & album reviews, concert photography, interviews, weekly updates, and so much more. From Las Vegas to the Los Angeles area, I’ll do my best to cover it all and help to bring back Rock ‘n’ Roll stronger than ever. I’m looking forward to this wild, new-ish ride and where it will take me with all of you.
Ben Franklin once said, “Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing,” and, well, I’m setting out to accomplish both.
Keep on rockin’. Cheers!
Side Note: if you or anyone you know of are a signed or unsigned musician looking for coverage on an upcoming Vegas (or LA) show please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org