I have been a dedicated fan of music from the time I was three years old. I still have a copy of the Beatles record, Rubber Soul that I played repeatedly as a child, sneaking into my sister’s room to use the record player. At that early age I became a complete Anglophile. Ten years later, I was collecting anything out of Britain from the classic and progressive rock acts of the time, including Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes, Floyd, and so on – top ten 70’s list here. The “new wave” movement hit in the late 70’s and early 80’s and I was then again hooked on all types of creative bands such as Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, and others that mixed fashion, electronics and lots of attitude – top ten 80’s list here. My horizons expanded a bit from the 90’s on. For me, women saved the 90’s (hey that would be a good title for my third book!) between Tori, Fiona, Natalie and other similar artists – top ten 90’s list here. The new millennium has my ever expanding collection taking up lots of disk space with music as rich and varied as any that has come before. Through each of these decades, I have played music, collected music, and attended live performances as frequently as possible. I would define myself as a music “aficionado”.
Since 2013, I’ve been a columnist for several blogzines which has afforded me the chance to practice my photography (along with my wife Artina, who has a better eye!) and more importantly to meet and interview some of my musical heroes. it has been a dream come true. I also own and operate Diego Spade Productions and am working on my first book about the spectacular rock concerts I attended back in the 70s. Additionally I teach and am on advisory councils related to my prior career in information sciences.
My hope is to use this site to share music, film and concert reviews, industry news, and other views that will start dialogue with other music lovers globally.
These same posts have been published as part of Gonzo Multimedia’s weekly music magazine, hosted at http://www.gonzoweekly.com since October 2013.
In the U.S. find selected entries at Something Else Reviews here: http://somethingelsereviews.com/author/douglas-harr/
Under the banner of Diego Spade Productions, Inc. I will be publishing a series of books on the history of classic & progressive rock, new wave, alternative, and beyond. Stay tuned at www.diegospadeproductions.com