Twisted Systems

Here Comes The Yet Another Son

First appeared in Goldmine Magazine, edited for Copper. I recently…

Donovan’s Muse: an interview with the Real Jennifer Juniper

For those who don’t know, Jenny Boyd is a former…

Day After Day…

Day after day, alone (with a lot of media and…

VPI to the Rescue

If you haven’t heard by now, VPI industries, headed by…

The High-End in the Time of Coronavirus

There is nothing like a virus that may take down…

The Tice Clock and the Endless Search for the Holy Grail

Back in the good old high-end audio days of around…

Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater, November 27, 2019

All Along the Mayflower Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater,…

End of Summer Musings

How fast can the summer go? It seems like it…

So You Think You Love The White Album?

Probably not as much as Rutherford Chang. This is how…

The Dave Clark Five

When writing this column, I frequently close my eyes and…

Can An Atheist Love Gospel Music ?

Hmmmm…… If I weren’t a writer, always looking for interesting…

And it Feels Just Like…Starting Over

So, as I have written about and stated in numerous…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Renovation

My current audio system consists of the following— and there…

The Munich High End Show 2019, Part 2

Before I go any farther down the High End show…

The Munich High End Show 2019

I attended the High End Audio Show 2019 last week…

The One That Got Away

The day I just missed a 1959 ‘Burst As an…

A Conversation With “Cousin Brucie”

[Originally published in Goldmine magazine—Ed.] Talking Beatles, The JFK Assassination and…

Great Artists Dilemma

As much as my Springsteen article caused an outpouring of…

Why Can’t America Produce a Great Rock Band? (the answer will surprise you)

One afternoon, while I was writing a Beatles article for…

The Cult of Bruce (and Why I’m Not a Member)

Certain bands maintain a following that is so rabid that,…

I Hate…(Fill in the Blank)

When I’m introduced as Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister…

Strawberry Fields Forever…and Ever

This article was originally published in Goldmine magazine, www.goldminemag.com, and…

What Exactly is Classic Rock? Part Two

In Part One (Issue 143), Jay Jay talked with FM…

What Exactly Is Classic Rock? Part One

First, a note: Jay Jay’s book, Twisted Business: Lessons From…

A Tale of Two Systems…

…and a podcast announcement. I now have a podcast called…

An Appreciation of the Move

As the COVID epidemic winds down (hopefully soon) this time…

Streaming Audio and Other Rants

First off, I hope many of you are listening to…

Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?

You probably wished you were hanging out with me…read on……

Islands In the Stream

In past articles I have referenced the differences between how…

In Memory of Leslie West

Leslie West, like Albert King, just knew how to play…

Zen and the Art of Criticism

Who hasn’t walked out of a show, turned to a…

John Lennon: Come and Gone

[Portions of this story were originally published in Goldmine magazine—Ed.] February…

Stairway to Heaven

My friend Ira is a committed audiophile and we seem…

The Soul of Guitar Tone

As a guitar player for the last 55 years, hundreds…

The Legacy of Eddie Van Halen

There are millions of guitar players. There are thousands of…

Workingman’s Dead…at 50

First off, I am proud to announce two projects of…

There Must Have Been Something In the Water

If the Beatles never happened, if the British Invasion never…

(Going for) The Absolute Sound…for Less

Besides being the name of the legendary high-end audio magazine,…

The Golden Age of the Fab Four vs. the Fab Five

The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones. And the winner is……

Me and the Dead, Part Two

In response to reader jeffstarr who commented on my Dead…

Me and the Dead: The Rocky Road To Unlimited Devotion

My first book, Twisted Business will be published in the…

The ’67 Psychedelic Shootout Continues!

Let it not be said that journalists don’t pay attention…

Guitar Influences, Part 1: Mike Bloomfield

I have been asked on several occasions to write about…

A Very Twisted Tower Tale

The response to my tone control/ equalizer article brought out…

We Don’t Need No Education…We Don’t Need No Tone Controls…

Well, you will soon see that I disagree with that…

Climbing to the Audio Summit Part 3: Speakers and Stuff

As I bring this “Climbing to the Audio Summit” exercise…

Climbing to the Audio Summit Part 2: Amps/Preamps

The response to “Climbing to the Audio Summit:  Turntables” was…

Climbing to the Audio Summit Part 1: Turntables

I want to thank you all for your comments on…

The Final Countdown!

We’ve arrived at the finals of the ‘67 Psychedelic Shoot-out!!!…

Still More of the ’67 Psychedelic Shootout!

Both the Beatles & The Rolling Stones released 2 albums…

Brit Psychedelics, Continued

Cream’s Disraeli Gears is being moved to a later issue.…

Brit Psychedelics

First a word about what/who is not on my Psychedelic…

Guitar Influences, Part 2: Keith Richards, Chuck Berry…& Mike Kagan??

Keith Richards, Chuck Berry &… Mike Kagan?? Yeah…I know. I…

The Great 1967 Psychedelic Album of the Year Shootout

Part 1   The Contenders I recently sent away for, and…

Cables? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Cables!

In the world of high end audio there is probably…

Revenge, Audio Style

I hope you all had a great summer. I missed…

1967: The Year Rock ‘n’ Roll Became Rock

To all my readers; I will be taking the summer…

Long Island, Part 2

The following Monday morning after the delivery and installation of…

Audio Retales
Visits Long Island

Robin Williams famously once said that “Cocaine is God’s way…

High-End Audio Retales

I want to start this one by thanking Copper for…

When Pop Music Meets Politics…

..things may not go as planned. The recent presidential elections…

Chasing the Dragon

How owning an audio system is like “Chasing the Dragon”…

While My Guitars Gently Sleep

Early on in my writing for Copper a few readers…

Giles Martin Interview

[Originally published in Goldmine magazine—Ed.] While at the listening session…

You Know It Ain’t Easy, Part 2

….unless you really wanted to meet John & Yoko. New…

You Know It Ain’t Easy, Part 1

Montreal, 1969 Over the last year or so, I have…

Keith Richards Will Still Be Here When You Are Gone

This article is about preservation. No one exemplifies this more…

Dylan, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, The Fugs, and John, Paul & Bingo

If I titled this story “The Strange Life & Times…

Fake Blues Is Fake News

Although The Beatles were my “jumping off point” in my…

Elton Saved My (Rock ‘N’ Roll) Life Tonight

Last Friday, I attended Elton John’s concert at Madison Square…

Radio R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha Franklin (and all recording artists) get no “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” in…

Loving the Beatles (In Real Time)

With the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “White Album” this…

The Audio Tourist

[ To get perfectly nerdy: if you drew a Venn…

The Needle and the Damage Done

No, this is not another “confession’ about past drug use.…

How I Dealt With My Recent Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

As you may have surmised, this is a very personal…

Reel to Real

“Hey Jay Jay,  how about an audio column for a…

So a Drummer Walks Into a Bar….

A little light summer diversion: -What is the difference between…

So You Wanna Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

But first: No, I didn’t forget about Tommy Emmanuel. It…

Guitar Influences, Part 6: Jerry Garcia (an unintended consequence)

I was going to write about my new fave guitarist…

Guitar Influences, Part 5: Mick Ronson

So now you are saying….”So how do you go from…

Guitar Influences, Part 4: Albert King

I woke up a couple of weeks ago and realized…

Guitar Influences, Part 3: Eric Clapton

As common as it is to read statements from rock…
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