Joe Strummer & The Cuties

Joe Strummer & The Cuties

Power pop's flagship song was almost the brainchild of The Cuties. That’s right, I said The Cuties. After the dissolution of Kursaal Flyers, Will Birch and John Wicks were searching for a good name for their newly formed band. They thought they had settled on The...

The Making of Rock’ola

The Making of Rock’ola

Most folks don’t realize that John recorded an album of Records songs in 1991. The album was called Rock’Ola (1998) and was recorded in only three days. Here’s the story as I remember it. John’s Records were to embark on a short tour of Spain but Rock Indiana insisted...

More JW Stories to Come…

More JW Stories to Come…

It has been some time since the last post. In the near future I expect to rectify this and hope to relay more of the stories John shared with me. In the meantime, I saw this old concert flyer on a social media site featuring The Records and thought I'd post it in the...

Early Returns on For the Record: A Tribute to John Wicks

Early Returns on For the Record: A Tribute to John Wicks

Today is the official release date of For the Record: A Tribute to John Wicks. Here what a few people are saying about John’s latest compositions: “One of the best tributes I’ve ever heard, one of the sincerest rock n roll love letters ever crafted. It’s a pure thrill...

John’s Tribute on This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio

John’s Tribute on This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio

NEWS FLASH: We just learned that John's tribute album, FOR THE RECORD: A Tribute to John Wicks will be featured on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio. The show is tonight at 9pm EST on 103.3 FM in Syracuse NY and will simulcast online. Sorry for the late notice - we just...

The Tribute Album Is Here!

The Tribute Album Is Here!

On January 31, the long awaited John Wicks tribute album entitled For the Record: A Tribute to John Wicks will be available to all. Over the next few weeks we'll discuss it in more detail. In the meantime, here are the details from a birds-eye view. PRE-ORDER IT ON CD...

#4: A Brush With Sir Elton

#4: A Brush With Sir Elton

The movie about Elton John, Rocket Man, reminded me of a story John once told me. And since I actually have a moment to share it, I thought I would. We had been discussing embarrassing moments when John mentioned that he had once performed with Elton John. He didn't...

Wicks Turns 66 – An Evening to Remember

Wicks Turns 66 – An Evening to Remember

This past February 28, John Wicks would have celebrated his 66th birthday. Friends marked the date with a celebration of his life and a packed house at Bogie’s at Westlake Village. This was one of John’s favorite venues to perform at. The celebrities in attendance...

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