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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports


Monday night went to Armando’s club in Martinez. Went with my friend Bob Rose. Armando’s is a great music venue. Small place, maybe seats 50 or 60. Every seat is the best. Everyone is friendly. Listened for two hours to a band including former Tower of Power lead guitarist Jeff Tamelier and former lead singer Larry Braggs. My god what music. At various times Braggs sounded like Curtis Mayfield, Al Green and he finished with James Browns’ Sex Machine. Other… Read More »

Muddy Waters

Sittting here writing on a beautiful day, listening to Muddy Waters: The Definitive Collective. Be still my heart. God, I love this guy. Some songs I love, not all of them: Rollin’ & Tumblin’, Rollin’ Stone, Turn Your Lamp Down Low, Hoochie Coochie Man, I Just Want to Make Love to You, Mannish Boy, You Shook Me. Oh, I could go on. Do you like the blues?

Paragons meet the Jesters

I had a lot of driving to do yesterday. I wanted some CDs in my car so I could hear some music. I went for the classic 50′s album, The Paragons Meet the Jesters. Do you know it? It’s a battle of the bands, the Paragons and the Jesters and it’s great doo wop and it leads off with the classic by the Paragons “Florence.” It was a wonderful drive.

Prince — what do you think?

I’m sitting here listening to Prince’s Purple Rain album — great album from a movie I like. I am writing a few blogs and I almost always listen to music when I write. Sometimes it’s the Ramones. Sometimes it’s Mozart. Depending on my mood, I listen to all sorts of things. Grant just walked by and he said he’s crazy about Prince, and Prince never seems dated. He said Prince is his favorite pop artist from the 1980s — Grant… Read More »

More music — girl groups

Several readers yesterday told me I have no business writing about music. It’s true I don’t know jack, but I figure I have as much business as anyone. So, today, in the no business category I want to say I love the girl groups that used to be. The Crystals, Marvelettes, Ronettes, to name just a few. And I never tire of Darlene Love’s vocals — she sang “He’s a Rebel.” What girl groups did you like?

Beach Boys vs. Beatles

Grant and I are sitting in the Cohn Zohn — at the dining room table of our media empire in the East Bay — and we’re waiting on NFL free agency, less than an hour away. While we wait we are listening to the Beach Boys Greatest Hits II. We both agree that the Beach Boys are better than the Beatles. The Beatles vs. The Stones? No contest. The Stones by a mile. I don’t feel the Beatles have aged… Read More »

“Life” by Keith Richards

I’m reading Keith Richards’ autobiography, “Life.” I try to alternate a work of fiction with a nonfiction book, and this is my nonfiction book. I’m about 100 pages into it and if you care about the Stones this book is a delight. Richards told his story to writer James Fox and Fox has given this a driving narrative and Richards’ voice is fascinating. I just read the part where Richards and Mick Jagger met on a train station as teenagers.… Read More »