Little Steven Van Zandt’s social conscience rings loud and clear on Freedom–No Compromise

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 17, 1987 By Steve Newton Little Steven Van Zandt has carved out a significant niche for himself in the music world by putting his politics front and centre on his records. But it was not always so for the former member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, who … Continue reading Little Steven Van Zandt’s social conscience rings loud and clear on Freedom–No Compromise

Sorry Canada, but Bob Geldof’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” beats Bryan Adams’ “Tears Are Not Enough”

By Steve Newton Way back on October 4, 1985, the Tears Are Not Enough music documentary was released in Canadian theatres. You might have seen it. More likely you only heard the song, which was Canada's response to USA for Africa's "We Are the World", which in turn was the United States' response to Band Aid's "Do … Continue reading Sorry Canada, but Bob Geldof’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” beats Bryan Adams’ “Tears Are Not Enough”

Bob Geldof and Slash worship Rory Gallagher on Ghost Blues DVD

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 21, 2010 By Steve Newton When superstar humanitarian Sir Bob Geldof was the music editor of the Georgia Straight back in the '70s he had no qualms about assigning himself to shoot his hero, Rory Gallagher, when he came to town. The result is this beauty photo of the Irish guitar legend … Continue reading Bob Geldof and Slash worship Rory Gallagher on Ghost Blues DVD