Author: Bob Condren

Bob Condren is a freelance writer who fell in love with rock ‘n roll at an early age, hypnotized by a transistor radio blaring Top 40 hits under his pillow. He is an unrepentant record collector, movie buff and lifelong baseball fan who can’t wait to take his grandkids to their first Cubs game. Still holding out hope for an Office reunion show. Twitter: @BobCondre
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s Soul-Rockin’ Gospel

Raised on gospel, this groundbreaking singer and guitarist had a massive impact on rock n roll. Sister Rosetta influenced everyone from Elvis to Keith Richards, Johnny Cash and more. Get to know an American treasure.

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Strike Up The Band: Strings in Rock

Many songs by the Beatles, Elton John, and the Moody Blues would’ve been much different without the deft hand of a skilled arranger. Even the Ramones utilized some strings. But exactly when did “strings” become a “thing” in rock?