One of the few major streaming holdouts has folded. Bob Seger's music has just become available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster and Slacker Radio.
Up until now, his only songs on Spotify were the Christmas songs "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Sock It To Me Santa," but 13 of his albums are now there, including Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, Live Bullet, Night Moves and Against The Wind. He's also released 10 albums for digital download that weren't previously available. READ MORE ON ROLLINGSTONE PAGE
Article/Photo from Photographer Ken Settle
From The Film Archives: Very early Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band photo, taken on February 12, 1974 at a little bar in Wayne, Michigan called The Rock'n'Roll Farm. Admission was $3.00 at the door. The band that opened for Bob was called The Brooklyn Blues Busters, an outfit out of New York that had recently relocated to Ann Arbor. The singer and harp player was a guy named John Leslie, who would soon embark on a career in porn where he became one of the first male porn stars of the "Golden Age" of porn, acting in something like 300 films!!!!
The Rock'n'Roll Farm was an amazingly colorful little bar, which was also the hangout for a motorcycle club known as The Scorpions (they would kind of float between The Farm and a place down the street called The Dog House).
About a week before this Seger show, Iggy & The Stooges played The Farm, and Iggy squared off against one of the Scorpions right on the dance floor and was knocked out cold! That ended that gig, but it set the stage for the cacophonous end of the band five days later at Detroit's Michigan Palace, which was forever preserved on the Metallic K.O. album.
A suburban doctor named Leo Speer ran the Rock'n'Roll Farm, and he also ran the famous Michigan Palace in Detroit. So often times, Mr. Speer would showcase bands at The Farm that were also playing at The Michigan Palace. One such band was Aerosmith, who played at The Farm about a month after I took this Seger shot!!
Again, you could get in with three bucks at the door! Some of the other artists that played The Farm in its brief three years on the music scene was blues greats Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison, James Cotton, as well as artists like Tim Buckley, Spooky Tooth, Spirit, Mitch Ryder and Wayne Kramer in The Knockdown Party Band, the earliest incarnation of the legendary Rockets, and local favorites like Salem Witchcraft and Stonebridge.
The Rock'n'Roll Farm eventually became a bar called Baby's. A bar called US-12 now resides at that address.
Photographed with a Canon rangefinder camera, 35mm 2.0 lens, one of those big 1950s era pan reflector flashes that took those huge bulbs, and Kodachrome X 64 ISO film.
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Bob is releasing a new tune to radio just in time for the Woodward Dream Cruise but you can listen to Detroit Made HERE
In honor of Bob and the Dream Cruise...we'd like to share 10 of our very favorite tunes from the vault......Feel free to leave your favorites in the comment section below! I am certain to hear some protests but that's OK...send them in and we'll post your favorites too!
"Live Bullet" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band was named by Rolling Stone readers as the best live album of the 70s
Live Bullet was recorded live at Cobo Arena, in front of a hometown audience spurring him into a great performance. But what really sold Live Bullet is how these terrific songs are delivered with a ferocious, committed intensity.
This might not be much more than a simple rock & roll album, but it's one of the best of its kind, establishing Seger, in the eyes of skeptics, as a first-rate performer and writer.
Here, "Heavy Music," "Get Out of Denver," "Turn the Page," and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" all become hard rock classics, as does the band itself. It's a rare occasion when a double live album captures an artist at an absolute peak, while summarizing his talents, and that's exactly what Live Bullet does.READ MORE
The Mutants at Bookie's Club 870, 1978.
Photo Deanne Nichols
March 10, 2014
The Detroit original rock scene had fallen on hard times in the 70's. In the mid-60's, Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, The Amboy Dukes, The Rationals, The MC5, and numerous other bands got record deals and radio airplay. By the mid-70's, new Detroit acts were frozen out of airplay with the death of underground radio and record labels weren't signing. A band could earn a living playing five 45 minute sets per night but they had to be AOL radio rock hits. Typically, a band would get a song list from the bar owner and NO original songs were allowed.
By early 1977, new bands such as The Sillies, The Romantics, and a new MC5 fronted by original singer Rob Tyner were looking for anywhere to play original sets of their own music. The Sillies rented The Kramer Theater on Michigan Avenue east of Livernois to do a real concert with themselves in between the new MC5 and an opening set by Destroy All Monsters with Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton and original MC5 bassist Michael Davis. The show drew 1,000 people but most of the money was mysteriously missing from the till, leaving Sillies founder Scott Campbell $1,000 in the hole.
Much as bars were a step down from theater concerts, a nightclub that would host original concerts in the style of NYC's Max's Kansas City or the Whiskey A Go Go in LA was needed for Detroit. The trick was finding a place and making it successful.
The "The Sounds of Birmingham: A Community of Music" exhibit will be kicked off by an evening with Ken Calvert, rock and roll historian (with special emphasis on Detroit area rock and roll) and WCSX/WRIF radio personality. Ken will share his memories of local rock and roll, for instance, introducing Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger to each other. Calvert will be interviewed by WCSX's Peter Werbe. Explore the Sounds of Birmingham exhibit before and after the program. The event takes place Thursday, March 6 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the museum. Tickets are $25 and include refreshments. Spots are limited.
Call 248-496-3378 to reserve your ticket.
The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park is opening an exhibit called "The Sounds of Birmingham: A Community of Music." The exhibit will focus on local musicians and the role music has played in the community. Stories and artifacts of note include: CREEM magazine (whose offices were in Birmingham from 1972-1984 ) and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who grew up in Birmingham. Major components will include a vignette depicting the CREEM office and Smith’s drums and awards. Other stories include Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), Bob Seger,Scot Richard Case/SRC, Mike Posner, and We Came as Romans plus a Townsend Hotel Celebrity List and Autographs. Kids' hands-on activities included free!
**THIS IS FROM THE MICHIGAN BRAND NUGGETS BOOT ISSUED IN THE 1970S
01_The Woolies - Who Do You Love (Detroit, 1966)
02_Bob Seger & The Last Heard - East Side Story (Detroit, 1966)
03_The Rationals - Respect (Ann Arbor, 1966)
04_MC5 - Looking At You (Detroit, 1968)
05_The Unrelated Segments - Where You Gonna Go? (Detroit, 1967)
06_The Shy Guys - We Gotta Go (Oak Park, 1966)
07_Underdogs - Love's Gone Bad (Grosse Pointe, 1966)
08_Terry Knight & The Pack - What's On Your Mind? (Flint, 1966)
09_The Human Beings - Because I Love Her (Detroit, 1965)
10_MC5 - Borderline (Detroit, 1968)
11_The Tidal Waves - Farmer John (Roseville, 1966)
12_Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Persecution Smith (Detroit, 1966)
13_? & The Mysterians - Can't Get Enough of You Baby (Flint, 1967)
14_Southbound Freeway - Psychedelic Used Car Lot Blues (Detroit, 1967)
15_The Rationals - Sing (Ann Arbor, 1967)
16_The Wanted - In the Midnight Hour (Detroit, 1966)
17_The Rationals - Leavin' Here (Ann Arbor, 1966)
18_The Bob Seger System - Lookin' Back (Detroit, 1971)
19_MC5 - I Can Only Give You Everything (Detroit, 1966)
20_The Amboy Dukes - You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire (Detroit, 1968)
21_Underdogs - The Man In the Glass (Grosse Pointe, 1965)
22_MC5 - One of the Guys (Detroit, 1966)
23_Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Chain Smokin' (Detroit, 1966)
24_Dr. Jack Van Impe - An Important Message (Troy, 1966)
25_Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Heavy Music, Pt. 1& 2 (Detroit, 1967)
26_The Rationals - I Need You (Ann Arbor, 1967)
27_MC5 - I Just Don't Know (Detroit, 1966)
28_Tim Tam & The Turn-Ons - Wait a Minute (Allen Park, 1965)
29_Ormandy - Good Day (Lansing, 1970)
30_The Beach Bums (Bob Seger)- Ballad of the Yellow Beret (Detroit, 1966)
Designer John Varvatos is from Allen Park originally...he is one of the very biggest supporters of DETROIT ROCKNROLL...We are buying his book today!
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In John Varvatos, the legendary designer reveals his perspective on how rock & roll music and style have influenced his own designs and fashion worldwide. Varvatos’s personally curated collection of more than 250 images are some of the most provocative ever shot by top rock photographers from the late 1960s to today, from the Rolling Stones to the Kings of Leon.
The featured photographers are among the world’s finest, including Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, Elliott Landy, Danny Clinch, Lynn Goldsmith, and more. Also included are select images from Varvatos’s own advertising campaigns, featuring artists such as Slash, Iggy Pop, Scott Weiland, and Miles Kane.
Varvatos’s captions and incisive commentary on the artist and his or her look accompany each image. Every chapter also contains numerous quotes from the musicians themselves, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Jack White, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Steven Tyler, and Patti Smith.
An extraordinary anthology of some of the finest images in rock & roll and the most influential rock looks in fashion and popular culture, this volume will delight music lovers, and fans of music photography, fashion, and fashion history.
Marcy Levy and Bob Seger
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From the film archives: Here's a shot I took from sidestage of Bob Seger onstage with Marcy Levy as he played with The Borneo Band at Lakeview High School in St Clair Shores, Michigan in April, 1973. Seger brought legendary Skip VanWinkle onstage to sit in on the Hammond B-3 for a couple songs. They were having so much fun, Skip stayed onstage and banged a cowbell for the rest of the show when Borneo Band organist Dick Sims came back to the keyboard.
Seger was just brought back out for the third encore. The high school auditorium was getting rowdy and when Bob stepped up to the microphone onstage, a lady, I'm guessing a teacher or principal, came out and touched Bob's arm and said, "I think we better stop now"!!!! lollll Seger said, "We're doing one more," and called a funky guitar version of Jackie Wilson's, "Higher and Higher," with Marcy and Stoney Reese (aka Shaun Murphy) trading lead vocals with Bob!
I just regret not getting Shaun in this shot!! Not too long after this shot, The Borneo Band broke up, and Marcy, Dick Sims on organ, and Jamie Oldaker on drums joined up with Clapton for the next decade or so. Percussionist, Sergio Pastora joined on with Carol King. Of course, Drew, Alto, and Shaun Murphy stayed on for years with Seger. Alto and Shaun, of course are still with him! four or five months after this show, Seger formed the Silver Bullet Band.