Songs That Shape Rock-n-Roll

DNA Source Songs™ — A deep dive into the gritty, boundary-busting, 800-pound sound spanning Elvis to The Beatles from Neil Young to Nirvana from Led Zeppelin to Jack White and all their artistic, fire-breathing brothers and sisters in arms. These are the elite songs that make Rock-N-Roll the biggest, baddest musical genre on earth.

July 12, 1976: The Dead's Soundcheck at the Orpheum Theatre

Here’s pro-shot color footage of The Grateful Dead’s sweet soundcheck at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre on July 12, 1976 – exactly 40 years ago today (or close to it).

The video (see inside) offers a behind-the-scenes look at the rejuvenated band – just five weeks after returning from their much-needed touring hiatus (which spanned much of 1975 through the spring of ’76). It’s a laid-back scene with Jerry and Donna sporting dark shades, and one of the roadies running around onstage checking the equipment (no doubt to get everything “just exactly perfect”).

It’s obvious from the footage that The Dead are honing their skills and polishing their transitions on the way to possibly the best-played year (1977) of their three-decade touring run.

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ONE OF DYLAN'S MOST POWERFUL SONGS
Ain't it just like the night?
Bob Dylan
Written by Bob Dylan

“Visions Of Johanna” is fraught with images of the drifting, unpredictable muse of the heavens, beginning with one of the most powerful lines in rock music:

The ghost of electricity
Howls in the bones of her face…

Dylan’s lyrical work – always spinning along like its own synoptic gospel, telling the same story in the same order with different words – reaches a zenith in “Johanna.”

Dylan dishes two types of muses in the song. One is earthbound, available and sexual. The other is ethereal, capricious and inspirational on a different plane. The latter is the Madonna and/or the Mona Lisa and the Johanna of “Visions Of Johanna.”

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Mapping The DNA of Rock-N-Roll

SongMango identifies, profiles, analyzes and celebrates the greatest, most influential Rock-N-Roll songs of all time, both past and present. SongMango captures and showcases the elite group of songs that represents the source DNA of Rock-N-Roll – those seminal, bomber songs that embody, enrich and sustain the edgy, high-octane monster musical genre of bands from Cream to The Grateful Dead from Nirvana to Alabama Shakes from Springsteen to Trigger Hippy. Through its unique “Rock-N-Roll DNA Mapping Project” – an extensive work in progress – SongMango traces and maps out (ultimately, in 3-D double-helix fashion) the songs that have shaped, and continue to shape, the most unpredictable, most raucous musical genre on the planet. The SongMango DNA Map will serve up a detailed, song-by-song visual accounting of the evolution of Rock-N-Roll, where it came from and where it’s going, as well as where its genetic strengths and weaknesses originate.