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Gary Hill

Gary Hill has been publishing Music Street Journal (musicstreetjournal.com) since 1998. All issues of Music Street Journal are in the process of being archived in book format.  In August of 2006 his first book The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft was published. Since then several other books (The Concert Photography of Gary Hill, Strange Realities: The Collected Short Stories of Gary Hill and Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Poems from Musicians to Music) have been released. Hill has also written for cable television (Cops 2.0 on G4), All Music Guide, Demand Media Studios and more. He created Music Street Journal in February of 1998 as a means of covering the music that he enjoys. He has a computer oriented Associates degree and several web related certifications from various sources. He lives in the Rockford, Illinois area.


Diane Hill

Diane grew up with music. She started playing piano at age three when her mother found her playing "Old MacdDonald Had a Farm" after hearing it on TV. Her favorite artist to play on piano was Beethoven. Diane changed to guitar at age 12 and was heavily influenced by Jim Croce. She sang on an independent acapella CD and at various venues. She discovered rock and heavy metal at 15 has never looked back, much to the chagrin of her parents. Currently living in Northern Illinois, Diane still annoys her mother with her loud music.

Jason Hillenburg

Born and raised in Southern Indiana, a Black Sabbath album cover at a local 3D department store captivated Jason at the tender age of nine years old and nothing was ever the same again. That initial exposure to Sabbath kicked off a lifelong obsession with guitar-based music. His largest passion is for classic rock acts across many genres, particularly progressive or blues-based rock, but his field of interest extends to Delta and Chicago blues, folk, classic country, singer/songwriter, and doom metal. Jason has extensive writing experience, winning collegiate awards, writing for online publications, and conducting interviews with performers like former Black Sabbath lead singer Tony Martin, English hard rock legends UFO, and current Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan.

Jason is currently working towards receiving an English degree with a concentration in Creative Writing from Indiana University. His long range plans include receiving a MFA degree. He is married, has a daughter named Harper, and is expecting his second child.

Mike Korn

Mr. Korn was born in 1963 in Winnebago County (IL) and has spent his whole life in the Northern Illinois area. Yes, that is his real name and not a goof on the Jonathan Davis-led band. Graduated from North Boone High School in the cornfields of Boone County and then from Rockford College. He has had a lifetime interest in heavy metal that began in 1974 and has mushroomed into an all-consuming obsession here in the year 2000. His favorite acts range from Kiss and Blue Oyster Cult to Dismember and Bathory, hitting all points in between. He also has an abiding interest in classic horror/science fiction movies and in fact, his alter ego "Dr. Abner Mality" is in the process of trying to host a TV horror show. As "Dr. Mality", he is also the editor of The Wormwood Chronicles (web version at www.wormwoodchronicles.com), a journal dedicated to the stranger aspects of popular culture. He also has an interest in pro wrestling, cryptozoology, modern art and bashin' two bricks together!

Eric Meli

Eric has lived in northern Illinois his entire life. His passions include photography and going to Renaissance Faires. He has over 400 CDs in his music collections and enjoys all kinds of music. He particularly enjoys going to see bands live in bars.

Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery is a professor of Medieval and Renaissance Art History at the University of Denver, where he also teaches a course on the Art and Visual Culture of Rock and Roll.  Yes, he has a Ph.D. (Rutgers) and continues to pile it higher and deeper with published articles on the art of medieval pilgrimage and saint’s cults.  Two books are forthcoming in 2009 – a study of the Relics, Reliquaries and Visual Culture of St. Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins of Cologne (try saying that three times fast after a few shots!) and an account/analysis of his experience walking a 1,000-mile medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, which he co-authored with his lovely wife Alice.  He has already begun his next bevy of projects – books on psychedelic poster artists Lee Conklin and Wes Wilson, and a larger study of the Visual Culture of Rock and Roll.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he has lived, laughed, and enjoyed music in numerous states (solid, liquid, and ethereal) and countries in the course of his peregrinations - from Oregon to Italy, New Jersey to New Delhi, Texas to Germany.

 

Though rather musically omnivorous, his greatest aural loves are progressive tock, with a deep and unbridled love for both Italian symphonic prog (Banco, Le Orme, Locanda delle Fate) and the more delightfully challenging varieties (Magma, Univers Zero, Frank Zappa) and psychedelia, both older (Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane) and newish (Bevis Frond, Outskirts of Infinity).  He has a lot of music, but the most LPs/CDs in the collection are by J.S. Bach, Miles Davis, and Frank Zappa – ‘nuff said…  Like most “normal” people he has been passionately listening to music for many moons, though he has not mooned many musicians.  His first rock concert – The Tubes in 1975  - was a real mind-blower for a 12-year old boy in the third row.  Probably as a result of this brain-addling introduction to live music, he also writes songs and plays – badly….but says, ”it keeps me amused.”


Greg Olma

It was the year 1975 when Greg first discovered music. He took one look at KISS "Alive" and said to himself, "these guys are awesome." From then on, music was all he thought about. But man does not live by KISS alone, so he branched out into other music. His biggest learning experience was getting a job at a local used record store (Record Hunt) in 1979. He was still in grammar school when he discovered other bands like Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy, and Yes. He spent 4 years working there and will always remember them as fun and exciting times. Through the years, he's stayed in touch with the music scene, spending all of his available money on CDs and concert tickets. He's attended a little over 250 concerts ranging from REO Speedwagon to Cradle of Filth. He currently spends his days as an account manager at a software company.

Lisa Palmeno

Lisa Palmeno is a music reviewer and entertainment writer for several publications. Besides writing for Music Street Journal for the past several years, she works at The Boone County Journal in Belvidere, Illinois, occasionally writes for The Crossroads Blues Society newsletter, and takes on private editing, writing and tutoring jobs. She is currently working on publishing her two books of poetry, which she hopes to make available online and on Kindle.

John Pierpoint

John grew up in Solihull, England in the 70s, happily listening to Slade, Sweet, T Rex, The Osmonds and the rest on Top Of The Pops. He received true enlightenment at the age of 16 when introduced to the real sounds of the 70s - Deep Purple, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rush etc. - just as many of those bands started to appear on the endangered species list. . .A deep and abiding love of progressive rock began, which was kept alive during the lean years of the 80s and 90s by collecting old King Crimson, ELP and Genesis LPs. His favourite band just has to be Yes (first attended concert was on the Drama tour in 1980; most recent was on 2011's Fly From Here tour), closely followed by other progressive big guns such as Jethro Tull, Crimson, Genesis and Rush. He also loves heavy metal, and has followed tragically-overlooked Birmingham rockers Magnum for many years.

Despite getting his first bass guitar for his 18th birthday, it wasn't until well into his 20s that he overcame his fear of crowds and began playing bass in local bands, getting nowhere special but having lots of fun in the process. His bass gods include Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, Mike Rutherford and Tony Levin (a pantheon now joined by EST's Don Berglund). He has since added guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and fretless guitar to his musical tool-box, and is always on the lookout for more weird instruments to learn. After several successful years in Birmingham band The Earthmovers and country rock trio Randolph Flagg ("which became a progressive Country Rock trio once I was on board - much more interesting!"), John returned to his prog-rock roots in the 21st Century as bassist with 1912. He also plays bass, guitar and various other instruments in the acclaimed industrial/space-rock virtual collective Omenopus.

Working as an electronic/IT engineer during the day and playing music by night, John still found time to write reviews of albums and concerts for local music magazine Xposed and the online Solihull Gig Guide. He maintains web sites for most of his old and current bands, and enjoys music production and creating album artwork. With an electronics and model-making background, he enjoys customizing guitars, but perhaps with more enthusiasm than skill! His beloved Rickenbacker 4001 has taken the brunt of many of his experiments (and some knocks on the road), but remains a beautiful instrument. John joined Music Street Journal as a reviewer after reading reviews of the latest Omenopus and 1912 releases, and getting the "bug" to write again. John also draws and paints (although not so often, these days), and writes short stories and poetry. His favourite reading matter is science fiction novels and super-hero comics (favourite writers include: Alan Moore, Chris Claremont, Mike Baron, Micheal Moorcock, JRR Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Kim Stanley Robinson). He lives on the Lickey Hills, near Longbridge, Birmingham. In addition to writing at Music Street Journal, John serves as assistant editor.


Scott Prinzing

When his album collection at age 10 included Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Elton John and Stevie Wonder, it was no surprise that when he finally got on his high school newspaper staff that Scott Prinzing started writing album reviews.  For the next three decades he has continued to freelance as a music journalist and concert photographer, more for the love of it than any financial reward.  Scott is a lover of many genres of music, but his hip-hop and punk collections are limited to American Indian and Montana musicians – areas of specialization.  He is the author of the Montana curriculum guide and compilation CD, American Indian music: More Than Just Flutes and Drums, and produced the public radio show, Montana Muse, for several years during his decade-long stint as a weekly newspaper columnist on the music scene in Billings, Montana.  He performs with his wife in the progressive folk duo, Earthshine, which is how he first learned of Music Street Journal (thanks, Larry!).  He and his wife also run MusEco Media & Education Project, a non-profit (very literally) that produces Green Smarts with the Green Man, PSAs on sustainable living in which he stars.  He is thrilled to have a new avenue to justify his need to listen to, and tell others about great music.


Bruce Stringer

Born in 1974, Bruce Stringer is an Australian guitarist who has played internationally and worked on various independent soundtracks and theme-scores. He is currently working on his third solo project, his second full CD.

He brings to MSJ a great sense of music and strong writing talents.

For more info on Bruce's music career (including some audio samples) follow this link http://www.mp3.com/bruce_stringer.

Larry Toering

Larry has been a collecting music fan since 1978. Larry has been a staff writer for various sources (including co-Administrating the Deep Purple Hub since 2005) where many interview articles and concert reviews can be read by subscribing members of the community.His favorite bands and artists besides Deep Purple and it's spin-off's include everyone from The Kinks and Peter Gabriel, to Todd Rundgren and Jeff Beck. He also has an appreciation for just about every genre. Collecting is the stimulating element along with creative and subjective writing.

Bruce Turner

Bruce Turner enjoys classic rock and other forms of old school music, be it blues, R&B or folk. At one point he gave up on new music, finding it to be lacking in talent, but lately has discovered some newer groups who produce well-constructed music. Among those newer bands, Mumford and Sons is a classic example as they've become one of his favorite musical act. Bruce lives in the Northern Illinois area with his wife and four children.

Josh Turner

Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Joshua Turner is a huge Badgers and Packers fan almost to a point that it can be considered his religion. For a living, he performs computer consultation to various clients in the area (e.g. Government, American Family Insurance, CUNA Mutual, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.). Some consider this to be the Silicone Prairie of the MidWest. Even though he lives in a rural state, he feels he is more in tune with big city life. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is without question the biggest city in the state. His best friend is a fox terrier named Rex. His name couldn't suit him better. Beware, don't get a terrier unless you have the energy and commitment to devote to these adorable monsters.

So, you are probably wondering, what has led his to progressive rock.. His best "human" friend Adam is quite a talented drummer. Adam even went to a school attended by the folks in Dream Theater. Well, as the story goes, Josh met Adam in college and he is kind of an outcast due to his heavy obsession with music. He would always be playing the air drums and his fraternity brothers would always be commenting on his weird music. It turns out he was listening to Dream Theater (Images & Words mostly, Falling Into Infinity was about to be released). The music intrigued Josh. They wound up road-tripping to a number of concerts in the area (e.g. Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago). Josh bought up the entire Dream Theater catalog and listened to them from time to time. Then, he heard about various side-projects. He enjoyed Mulmuzzler and Liquid Tension Experiment, but Transatlantic a couple years later was the real discovery. From there he got into Flower King's and Spock's Beard. Now he is a full-blown progressive rock junkie.

He thinks we live in an era where the best music ever is being released. For all the hardcore Genesis and Yes fans out there, I agree these bands were awesome, but don't forget to check out what's new as well.

 

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