Is this the kind of chance encounter they talk about in love songs.
Or is it something else entirely.
You can trace every great band’s roots back to some demo tape recorded in a basement or some hole in the wall studio. They’re rough, they’re scratchy, but even in those early recordings you can still hear everything amazing that band is.
It seems only fitting that we do the same for my new series, GCD. There are only a few left available though. So check out the 215 Ink shop if you want to pick up a copy and get just a peek of everything the series will be.
I was in a t-shirt designing mood today.
Probably won’t see these any time soon, seeing as how the book hasn’t even come out yet. But never hurts to have a t-shirt design on hand just in case.
I spent last night lettering. And rewriting dialog. Wanna see?
Well, the year is coming to a close, and as the finish line for volume 1 of GCD continues to grow in the distance, it seemed only fitting we end 2011 with another GCD Spotify Playlist. And this time we’re going big. We’re doing the King himself, Johnny Octane.
Johnny Octane has been the face of rock and roll for decades. Coming into the mantle of King of Rock back in the late 1950s, music and the world as a whole was a much different place. Over the course of his career though Johnny was one of the driving forces in how popular music evolved. And with his power and influence, he also played a major part in some of the most significant moments in recent history. Of course, even someone like Johnny Octane can’t right every injustice in the world, and as the world grew and changed over the years we see that shape Johnny’s music just as much as his music helped shape the world around him. Almost until it came to the point when the two were indistinguishable.
For Johnny’s soundtrack I actually tried to go chronological and map out his entire career through other people’s songs, which proved an incredibly interesting challenge. I pulled a lot from artists who have had careers just as long as Johnny’s - people like David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash. But there’s no denying the impact some people had in just a short time, and those moments they were able to capture in song were just as good example of Johnny’s sound as people whose careers lasted ten times as long. Along the way though I had to really think about how not only how Johnny’s sound evolve, but also his lyrical content. Every decade has their own style and focus, what hand would Johnny have played in all that. And more importantly, what about Johnny Octane the person. What would be important to a carefree musician in his late teens as opposed to an elder-statesman of his sixties. What would he know that he didn’t know back then. What would be the same, what values would he hold onto, what parts of his sound would follow him through his entire career.
Click on his picture to find out.
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