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Tim Van Schmidt

Tim Van Schmidt
King Koncert:
Memoirs Of An American Rocker
Volume I: The 1970's


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About the Author

Tim Van Schmidt went to see his first rock and roll concert in 1970 and since then he has been hooked on the excitement of live music. His relentless search for new and different experiences has lead him on a journey through the concert halls of America. Eventually it also resulted in a freelance writing career that has produced thousands of articles in the Rocky Mountain region.

Schmidt has reviewed concerts, photographed performers, interviewed stars and reviewed their records. Since 1988, his work has appeared consistently in his hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado and the northern Colorado region, as well as in publications distributed throughout the Denver/Boulder area. Schmidt has become an experienced writer and photographer, an editor and publisher and continues to write for a wide variety of publications.

About the Book

King Koncert, Memoirs of an American Rocker: The 1970s combines personal details with a broad historical perspective to create a unique portrait of popular culture. The many artists that the book discusses not only represent popular rock stars, but also prominent names in blues, soul, jazz, country, pop, folk and experimental music. Also, on the fringes of the discussion are comedians and performing poets. The historical perspective anchors the book to the common experiences of music fans of the time. The personal details create an "everyman" voice that underscores that these lively descriptions come from the viewpoint of the audience.

Artists Covered Include: Ten Years After, Poco, Cactus, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Crabby Appleton, Sugarloaf, Leon Russell, Jethro Tull, Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, Stephen Stills and Manassas, Jesus Christ Superstar, Charlie Starr, Moody Blues, Alex Richman, Potliquor, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Led Zeppelin, Claire Hamill, Eagles, Procol Harum, Chico Hamilton, John Mayall, Buddy Miles, Three Dog Night, Ramatam, Malo, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Goose Creek Symphony, Joy of Cooking, Dick Dale, Ike and Tina Turner, Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Wishbone Ash, Hot Tuna, Tir Na Nog, Steeleye Span, BB King, Ray Charles, Frank Zappa, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Kenny Rankin, George Carlin, Steely Dan, Bread, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Sha Na Na, New Grass Revival, Shawn Phillips, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus, Billy Paul, Gladys Knight and the Pips, El Chicano, Buddy Rich, Frampton's Camel, Electric Light Orchestra, Judy Collins, Jackson Browne, America, Little Feat, Focus, Section, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bob Dylan and the Band, Tom Waits, Kiss, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Savoy Brown, Quicksilver, Tower of Power, Kiki Dee, Jesse Colin Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Eric Clapton, PFM, Santana, David Bowie, Gato Barbieri, Lindisfarne, Rare Earth, Traffic, Elvin Bishop, Roy Wood's Wizzard, Jackie DeShannon, Leo Kottke, Etta James, Van Morrison, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Love, Lou Reed, Donovan, Deodato, Herbie Hancock, Genesis, Carmen, Andres Segovia, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Robin Trower, Beach Boys, Al Stewart, PDQ Bach, Pink Floyd, Two Generations of Brubeck, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Loggins and Messina, Toots and the Maytals, Elton John, Gentle Giant, Strawbs, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Steve Goodman, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, Wolfman Jack, Who, Juice Newton, Marshall Tucker Band, Return to Forever, Gary Wright, UFO, Warren Zevon, Fleetwood Mac, John Denver, Bill Evans, Boz Scaggs, Kingfish, Seals and Crofts, Paul McCartney and Wings, Tubes, Flying Burrito Brothers, The Band, Crosby and Nash, Elvin Jones, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jefferson Starship, Gary Burton, Jack DeJonette, Towner and Abercrombie, Eberhard Weber's Colours, Maria Muldaur, John Klemmer, Journey, Jerry Garcia Band, Ella Fitzgerald and the Modern Jazz Quartet, Ambrosia, Styx, Renaissance, Arlo Guthrie, Kinks, Harry Chapin, Oregon, Allen Ginsberg, Leon Redbone, Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band, Weather Report, Al DiMeola, Dave Mason, John Cage, McCoy Tyner, Shakti, Wendy Waldman, Randy Newman, Julian Bream, Keith Jarrett, Dickies, Jam, Blondie, Patti Smith, Mink DeVille, Rockpile, Elvis Costello, Television, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Talking Heads, Peter Hammill, Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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