Famous Rock Concerts That Blew Minds — and Ears

Were you at the Cream reunion in New York in 1968? Think that might be where you lost your hearing? That’s where Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker say their hearing problems started. Clapton, who now suffers tinnitus — and most likely also hearing loss, which is often masked by tinnitus — has said, “I probably had two 100-watt stacks at the height of things and I would turn one on for guitar solos. It was just mad.” Baker, a band member, said of …

Frank Barsalona: Hold Up a Lighter in his Honor

Whether you’re talking about the Rolling Stones, The Who or Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, there’s nothing quite like hearing a great rock group play their third encore to an arena packed with ecstatic fans. But the next time you clap rhythmically and chant the name of the favorite song you desperately want to hear, thank Frank Barsalona that you have the chance to do it. Barsalona, the talent agent who died on Nov. 22 at age 74 …

Ken Regan: Rock Star Photographer

One of the essential job qualifications for being a rock-and-roll superstar is the ability to create an illusion – a larger-than-life, hyperbolic, even phantasmagoric persona that even the fan in the cheapest seats of a stadium show can grab onto and plug into his or her inner fantasies. But knowing that makes the photojournalistic skill of Ken Regan all the more amazing, because he was able to get up close, lie in wait and capture images that showed us glimpses …