A city viewed through music: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Music has elevated some cities to the rank of legends. Some achieved it on the strength of its music scene, or the genre it gave birth to. Some others keep getting named dropped by songwriters, whether or not they originated there. One of these is Detroit in Michigan. Detroit has had many nicknames over the…

30 years of concerts

Exactly 30 years ago today, on March 12 1984, I saw my first rock concert. At the tender age of 12, I managed to convince my parents to take me to see KISS at the Colisée in Quebec City. I’d managed to convince my parents to take me the year before, on the Creatures of…

Portrait of an addiction

The multiple forms my addiction to music takes. Every object in this image has meaning to me, or is a memento. The Cherry Sunburst Les Paul is the guitar I dreamed of playing when I started learning to play. Ace Frehley of KISS famously played one. The Beatles Box Set in Mono: represents my love…