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ANOTHER LINK WRAY COMMERCIAL!

Ford is featuring RUMBLE in a national television commercial! (if you’re viewing this on a mobile device, be sure to click the play button in the middle of the video and not the green on at the bottom left.)

MUSIC REALMS INTERVIEW

I was recently honored to be interviewed by MusicRealms.com this month. If you’d like to hear a Link story or two, learn how LinkWray.com came about, as well as other American music projects I’ve been involved with, you can read the interview here. You can also check out the rest of the cool rock and roll goings-on at MusicRealms.com here!

RUMBLE IN DC!

The Sundance and HotDocs award winning film RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is coming to the AFI DOCS film festival!

RUMBLE will be screening June 16. Get your tickets NOW because this film is guaranteed to SELL OUT in Link’s old stomping grounds of Washington DC!

MORDICAI JONES - VINYL REISSUE!

The fine folks at Tidal Waves Music will be reissuing Link’s MORDICAI JONES LP - part of the “Shack Trilogy” on June 16. This vinyl record is limited to 1200 copies. Pre-order yours now at Light In The Attic. While you’re there, there’s a few remaining copies of the Record Store Day 2017 releases of BEANS AND FATBACK and BE WHAT YOU WANT TO - get ‘em before they are gone!

RUMBLE WINS AT THE HOTDOCS FILM FESTIVAL!

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD was announced tonight as the winner of the Rogers Audience Award for the best Canadian Documentary at the prestigious HotDocs documentary film festival.As part of the award, directors Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana received a $50,000 cash prize from the Rogers Group of Funds.

Then, RUMBLE won the HotDocs Audience Award, coming in as number ONE out of 240 films!

Watch for RUMBLE in theaters across North America in July!

RUMBLE IN SEATTLE!

RUMBLE comes to the Seattle International Film Festival on May 26th and 27th. Meet Director Alfonso Maiorana and Producer Ernest Webb!

The May 26th screening is FREE but you must RSVP! DETAILS ARE HERE!

AN EXCLUSIVE RUMBLE CLIP OF DAN AUERBACH

In this clip, Dan Auerbach listens to RUMBLE, talks about seeing Link Wray and how he influenced his career.

AN EXCLUSIVE RUMBLE CLIP OF WAYNE KRAMER

Link Wray 101. Wayne Kramer of the MC5 shows how Link changed rock and roll.


Wayne Kramer (The MC5) ****RUMBLE Web Exclusive**** from Rezolution Pictures on Vimeo.

RUMBLE IN ARIZONA

See Link Wray in RUMBLE at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona Arizona on June 4th at 5:15!

RUMBLE IN GERMANY

See Link in the Sundance award winner RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD May 6 and May 8 in Munich Germany at the Dok Fest!

RUMBLE IN CANADA

RUMBLE heads to Canada April 30 - May 2 at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival! It will also be at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival on May 5th at the Vancity Theater at 1181 Seymour Street in Vancouver!

RUMBLE ALL OVER CALIFORNIA!

RUMBLE hits LA on Sunday April 23rd at 4pm! It is part of the Canada Now Film Series. Screening will be at the American Cinematheque at Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Street, Los Angeles, CA.

May 13 - Doclands Film Festival at the California Film Institute, San Rafael Film Centre, and on June 2nd it’s RUMBLE IN MENDOCINO at the Mendocino Film Festival.

RUMBLE IN DENMARK

RUMBLE comes to the MUSIKFILM FEST in Copenhagen Denmark! Saturday, April 23rd, 2-3:30pm! Musikfilm Festivalen, Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, 1123 Kobenhaven

RUMBLE IN TORONTO

RUMBLE heads to the DOXA Documentary Film Festival on May 5th! BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

RUMBLE IN AUSTRALIA

Australian premiere in June! RUMBLE heads down under to the SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL. All the details are HERE.

REISSUED LINK FROM 1996

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April 14 marks the release of THE RUMBLE MAN on CD and a CD/DVD package.

But, don't get too excited. This is the third time these recordings have been released on CD and DVD. These items are audio and video recordings from a 1996 tour Link did in the UK. So if you have either releases of WALKING DOWN A STREET CALLED LOVE on CD, or if you have THE RUMBLE MAN or THE KING OF RUMBLE on DVD, you already have this material. If you don’t have it in your collection yet, the DVD covers the only time Link has sat down for a full length interview and the material has been out of print for a dozen or so years.

I'd like to say there might be new liner notes, or unreleased photos, but the fact that a late 70's Link picture was used on the cover of this 1996 era Link recordings, I'd bet it's not too likely...

RUMBLE ACROSS THE USA!

RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is scheduled for a Summer 2017 release in movie theaters across the USA! Pretty amazing when you think that almost 60 years after Link set the world on fire with RUMBLE, he will be in a film shown across the USA of the very same name. More details as we get them…

RUMBLE IN NEW MEXICO

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The Sundance award winner RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD will have it’s New Mexico premiere at the historic Kimo Theater on Route 66! RUMBLE will be the opening night movie at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.

The screening date is June 6 at the historic Kimo Theater, located at 425 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque - right on Route 66! Doors open at 7, showtime is 7:30pm. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

Stevie Salas, the Executive Director of RUMBLE, will also be honored at this event. He will be receiving the 2017 Visionary Award at the Festival.

RUMBLE IN FLORIDA

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RUMBLE rolls into the Sunshine State with a two night screening at the 2017 Florida Film Festival in Maitland. You can see this Sundance award winning film featuring Link Wray on April 24th and April 29th!

TICKET INFORMATION HERE

RUMBLE IN BUDAPEST

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See Link in RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD at the Titanic International Film Festival, April 7 thru April 9 in Budapest Hungary.

TICKET AND SCREENING INFORMATION

RUMBLE IN NEW YORK

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See RUMBLE in New York City at the IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue at West 3rd Street. There will be two screenings at 7 and 9 pm on April 6.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

RECORD STORE DAY 2017

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There will be two Link Wray LPs reissued for Record Store Day this year, BEANS AND FATBACK and BE WHAT YOU WANT TO, brought to you by the fine folks at Tidal Waves Music.

BEANS AND FATBACK has been out of print since 1973 and never released outside Europe.

BE WHAT YOU WANT TO, Link’s secod
Polydor LP, was reissued a dozen years ago on a very limited CD in Europe, but it has been out of print in vinyl format since 1973.

Both of these Link Wray recordings will be available worldwide on a limited edition to 2500 vinyl copies!

For more on Tidal Waves Music, you can check them out
on the web, on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Soundcloud and Instagram.

LINK MUSIC FEATURED IN NEW COMMERCIAL

RUMBLE. The perfect soundtrack for any kind of turf war.

RUMBLE IN CLEVELAND

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Cleveland Rocks, but this month Cleveland will RUMBLE!

Link can be seen in the Sundance award winning RUMBLE on March 30th and 31st at the CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Get your details here.

CIFF is a short mile away from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Maybe some of the powers-that-be over at the Rock Hall will attend a screening and finally see what they’ve been missing. Will it happen? The Shadow Knows… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

RUMBLE IN NORTH CAROLINA

Winston-Salem! Time to RUMBLE! March 31! River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

RUMBLE IN GREECE

RUMBLE makes it’s European debut at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece March 10th and 11th. DETAILS HERE!

RUMBLE IN MASSACHUSETTS

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RUMBLE at Martha’s Vineyard on March 18th! BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

RUMBLE IN TORONTO

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Canadian Link Fans! RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is heading to the HotDocs Film Festival. Details here.

If you’re attending, we welcome your event photos and reviews. Contact us!

RUMBLE IN BOULDER

Executive Producer Stevie Salas reports last night’s screening of RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD was sold out, and the audience had some excellent questions prior to the screening

The Rumble keeps on rolling…

RUMBLE FILM LINKS

Get the latest on screenings and stay up to date on the Sundance award winning film RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD by visiting the following LINKs (typo intended).

Rumble film on FACEBOOK Rumble film on TWITTER Rumble film WEBSITE

RUMBLE WINS AT SUNDANCE!

We are pleased to report that the Resolution Pictures documentary RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WO ROCKED THE WORLD is now a 2017 Sundance Film Festival award winning film!

We are honored to have assisted the fine folks at Resolution Pictures with this project.

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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

The reviews are in for RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, and they are good!

You can read the review from Variety and read the review from the Hollywood Reporter.

RUMBLE will be screened throughout the week at Sundance.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL RUMBLE TRAILER

The official trailer for RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD was released today.

Take two minutes to give it a look. Then when this film gets to the Oscars, you can tell people you knew about it before almost everyone else.

#RumbleAtsundance

RUMBLE TEASER!

Learn more about the fine folks behind RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD.

RUMBLE AT SUNDANCE

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD will have it’s world premiere January 22 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Rolling Stone magazine has named it one of their “must see” films!

We have been honored to assist with the Link portion of this project. We have no doubt that this film will do more for Link’s legacy than anything since, well…Link!

Congratulations to
Stevie Salas, Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Lisa Roth, Alfonso Maiorana and all the fine folks at Rezolution Pictures! They have worked long and hard on this film. They have created a documentary that will be viewed for years to come by music fans and researchers of Native American culture.

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THE ROCK HALL SNUBS LINK AGAIN...OR HAVE THEY?

We just heard the news that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame passed over Link Wray again…or have they?

Let’s look at the “Early Influence” criteria on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website and see if Link Wray could be considered as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence inductee this year -

“These artists pre-date the birth of rock and roll, but have had a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists.”

Let’s break that criteria down, piece-by-piece -

“These artists pre-date the birth of rock and roll…”

Does Link Wray pre-date the birth of rock and roll?

Depends on what definition the Rock Hall uses for the “birth of rock and roll.” Some historians say rock and roll started with Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88” that was released in 1951. Others will say rock and roll started in 1954 when Bill Haley and the Comets released “Rock Around the Clock.”

This year’s Rock Hall inductee page has yet another version of the “birth of rock and roll” timeline when it quotes Ice Cube - “Rock and Roll is a spirit. It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop…” Using that quote, the “birth of rock and roll” moves back into the 1930’s and earlier.

So the actual “birth of rock and roll” has yet to be defined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Link is still in the game.

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Now, let’s look at the last half of that “Early Influence” criteria -

“…but have had a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists.”

Did Link Wray have a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists?

Ask Bob Dylan, Steven Van Zandt, Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, John Fogerty, Neil Young, Elvis Costello other Rock Hall inductees as well as members of the Rock Hall Nominating Committee, whose quotes can be found on this page. Terry Stewart, the past President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has said, “Rock and Roll would not be what it is without the contribution of Link Wray.”

The answer is a resounding “yes.”

Link is still in the game.

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Finally, let’s take a look at the “musical timeline” of a couple recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence inductees -

FREDDIE KING - Started playing music in 1952, first records released in 1956.
WANDA JACKSON - Started playing music and first records released in 1954.

and compare them to

LINK WRAY - Picked up the guitar at 8 years old in 1937. First band formed in 1954, first records released in 1956.

Link Wray’s “musical timeline” is very similar with at least two Early Influence inductees.

Link is STILL in the game.

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We realize the odds might be very slim, but - we are hopeful that Link Wray will be considered as an Early Influence Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee this year.

Early Influence inductees aren’t announced until all the Performer votes are in - probably around December. We’ll see.

Congratulations and good luck to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees this year.

THIS IS PUNK ROCK GROUND ZERO!

NEWLY DISCOVERED 1963 LIVE RECORDINGS OF LINK WRAY!

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ink Wray was a trail blazer. Link was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock recording. Link is also credited with inventing the “power chord.” His song RUMBLE - an instrumental - was banned for fear it would incite violence.

Rock and roll would never be the same after Link Wray.

From Bruce Springsteen to Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, dozens of rock and roll legends cite Link Wray as a career influence. Heavy metal, surf, grunge, garage…they can all trace their roots to Link Wray.

Link and the Ray Men spent the early ’60’s playing frat parties on the college circuit up and down the East Coast. We have uncovered two classic Link tracks -
RUN CHICKEN RUN and RAWHIDE - and present them to you at their lo-fi, revved-up photo-punk best in our release LIVE IN ’63 at Cornell University!

LISTEN TO THESE FOUND TREASURES NOW!

NEWLY DISCOVERED RECORDINGS FEATURING LINK!

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Now available - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break The Chains of Love” - THE LOST 45 from RAY VERNON, featuring DOUG and LINK WRAY!

RAY VERNON was the stage name of Vernon Wray, Link’s oldest brother.

Ray was signed to Cameo Records and had his first hit with "Evil Angel" in 1957. Cameo molded him as a teen idol and christened him
RAY VERNON.

Ray was an early member of Link Wray and the Ray Men. He soon moved "behind the scenes" in record production and management for several musicians - but he never stopped recording. He released several sides throughout his career, as well as the full length recordings
WASTED and SUPERSTAR AT MY HOUSE.

THE LOST 45 is the result of a recently discovered 1963 metal acetate disc containing two never-before-released classic country pop songs - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break the Chains of Love.” Listen to these found treasures here!

We hope you enjoy these two songs and look for more recordings by this unsung legend of American Music.

THE LATEST ON THE LINK WRAY BIOGRAPHY

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Dana Raidt has finished her first draft of THE FIRST MAN IN BLACK - THE UNTOLD STORY OF LINK WRAY.

This biography is coming your way in 2017.

Stay tuned…

RUMBLE FILM UPDATE

Those of you that know me, know I am a huge fan of Link Wray. IN April, I traveled to Washington DC. I was invited by the fine folks at Rezolution Pictures, the people behind the documentary RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD.

Friday night, I met with
Stevie Salas and Christina Fon, two of the film's Executive Producers. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but they have an EXCELLENT game plan to tell Link's story.

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Saturday I spent the day visiting some friends and family in Southern Maryland. Of course I took some pictures... Link-related locations were everywhere. Many locations have changed names, changed appearances, but there were a couple that looked like the Ray Men had a gig there last night.

The film crew spent Saturday interviewing some old band members in Virginia. I missed the chance to see Max Navarro, one Ray Man I've yet to meet. Lesson learned.

Sunday was action-packed. I got to the Greenbelt American Legion bright and early, met the film crew and tried not to get on the way. I don't have any evidence (yet) that Link played the American Legion, but it had been there for decades, so he certainly may have. My interview for the film was done in the bar, and it had a period-correct look when The Ray Men were playing the DC "knife and gun" clubs like Vinnie's, Strick's and the 1023.

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The film crew was just absolutely amazing. They were half a dozen strong and way beyond cool. I talked growing up in the 70's and early punk rock with the Cinematographer, Lighting and Sound Technicians, and after exchanging emails and phone calls the past few years, it was fantastic to finally meet the Production Assistant, as well as Lisa and Catherine, the Producer and Director of the film.

I was floored at how much these folks knew about Link, his history and his contribution to rock and roll. They are very committed to this project. The entire film is being shot in "4K" which is higher quality than hi-definition. They bought hundreds of pounds of equipment.

I guess I was in the interview chair 45 minutes or so. I shouldn't call it an "interview chair" because Catherine has a style that puts you at ease and makes it feel like a conversation. So I spent about 45 minutes in the "conversation chair."

After that, they broke down the equipment and we all headed to Link's stomping grounds of Accokeek. Catherine drove down with me, and I played her the rarest of the rare Link stuff I had. She was knocked out!

After telling them of Accokeek for the past couple years (they are all Canadians) I was really looking to give them a Southern Maryland experience. After hearing about and researching Accokeek, they were excited to be there too.
We rolled into B&J's Carryout first. B&J's has been opened since 1950 and hasn't changed a bit. Members of Link's Ray Men told me that it was standard operating procedure after a night at Vinnie's or the 1023, the band would head to Ray's to record 'til daybreak, and when breakfast rolled around, it was off to B&J's.

All my new Canadian friends got a taste of Southern Maryland...they ate BBQ with slaw, Southern Maryland style (ie. REAL) crabcakes and I even got a few of them to try a softshell crab. They asked what was in it, I told 'em it was best not to ask, just eat it! (Those from SOMD understand!).

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After grub we headed over to the family plot at the cemetery. I was honored when they asked me to do some voiceovers to fit their concept of that portion of the day's filming. If that segment makes the film, I think it will bring a tear to your eye or give you goosebumps.

We headed over to Wray's Shack and (Ray) Vernon Wray's place. It's changed alot over the past several decades. Would you believe me if I told you The Shack is now a full-time residence? Truth is stranger than fiction!

The owner of B&J's mentioned a very scenic country road that lead down to the water nearby. We all took a trip there and Catherine really dug it. I'd lived in Southern Maryland 40 years and I have to say it's one of the prettiest drives I've taken.

Around 7:30 that night we met up with Billy Hancock while the film crew got some shots of that scenic road. Billy's legendary among these parts, playing with Danny (Gatton) and the Fat Boys, as well as releasing a bunch of rockabilly sides on his own.

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The owner of B&J's was very accommodating. She closed down the restaurant and gave the film crew full run of the place. After it got dark, we cleaned out the front lot. They had Billy strap on his guitar, turn up his amp and Link Wray music was again heard in the streets of Accokeek! After that, Billy told his story of opening for Link and The Shirelles, the prize his group received after winning a "Battle of the Bands," as well as a guitar lesson he, as a 16 year old kid, received from Link.

All good things must come to an end. It was around 11pm, about 12 hours after the day started. It seemed to pass in 10 minutes.

For a look at what Rezolution's past work, check out REEL INJUN on Netflix in the US (and probably elsewhere).
Please understand that RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is not an all Link Wray film, Link is one of a half dozen or so artists profiled.

That having been said, it doesn't matter. I've had the privilege of helping Rezolution for the past couple years, and the attention to detail and the concern in getting everything "right" with Link's story, I have no doubt that this will do more good for Link's legacy than anything that's been done.

SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE

DAN AUERBACH WANTS LINK IN THE ROCK HALL

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Rolling Stone magazine interviewed Dan Auerbach at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night, just before THE BLACK KEYS inducted STEVE MILLER. The best quote of the night?

"I don't care about (who's not in) the Rock Hall, except for Link Wray. He's not in the Rock Hall."

Thanks Dan! We hope they put you on the Nominating Committee next year!

HERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERYDAY...

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Here are two US Link Wray acetates from his Epic Records era - recorded at 78 rpm!

THE LINK WRAY HOLY GRAIL

12342438_903990702983628_5514246784968968402_nA few months ago I received an eMail from a record collector advising that they had a RED vinyl Cadence 45 of Link's RUMBLE.

My first thought was that it must be a bootleg. Cadence never released RUMBLE on red vinyl. My second thought was that if it WAS a bootleg, certainly ONE more would have surfaced by now. I later discovered that Cadence pressed a few copies of an Everly Brothers 45 that were sent to radio stations. It's number was 1348, the next release after RUMBLE. So…if it was a legit pressing, still….more than ONE would have surfaced by now. Right?

As Paul Harvey would say, "And now, the rest of the story…"

This is a legitimate Cadence pressing and NOT a bootleg. The dead wax information revealed it was pressed by Monarch Plastics in February 1958, just over a month before being officially released.

The owner of this rare gem listed it on eBay with a $499 Buy It Now price. It sold in 20 minutes.

I am convinced that this was sent to radio stations and never sent to the general public. The red wax would have certainly stood out in a pile of black "new release" 45's on a radio station table.

This begs the question - why has only ONE surfaced in the last 57 years. There's little to no chance that Cadence pressed ONLY one. If you find the next one, please let us know!

RSD BLACK FRIDAY? DON'T PAY EBAY PRICES!

The new gold vinyl, picture sleeve RUMBLE 45 isn't on sale until tomorrow's Record Store Day Black Friday. But, of course…you can find it on eBay today.

The asking price for this disc on eBay is over $20. Buy it RIGHT NOW for $9.98 on Sundazed's website. There's a limited number available, so get it while you can!

Tell them LinkWray.com set ya!

ORDER THE NEW LINK WRAY 45 HERE.

NEW DOUBLE CD ON SALE NOVEMBER 27, 2015!

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Just three short months after releasing the excellent 3 TRACK SHACK CD collection, Ace Records is doing it AGAIN with another double CD Link set - EARLY RECORDINGS. This collection will be available November 27, 2015.

This release will include all the tracks from the classic EARLY RECORDINGS album, along with all the tracks from the out of print GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT.

Did we mention the new liner notes and rare photographs?

PRE ORDER YOUR COPY HERE.

GOLD VINYL RUMBLE ON RECORD STORE DAY NOVEMBER 27, 2015!

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The fine folks at Sundazed Records have done it again. On "Black Friday" - November 27, 2015, your local record store will have this limited edition, gold vinyl picture sleeve 45 of Link Wray's RUMBLE - the record that started it all.

From the liner notes -

"Released in April 1958, Rumble b/w The Swag was Link Wray's opening salvo. Overnight, Rumble completely changed the nascent rock 'n roll landscape. Full of crunch, swagger, menace and tribal tattoo rhythms, it was the sound of a switchblade slicing through the heart of tepid pop music.

Everywhere, budding musicians like Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and thousands more replicated its distorted power chords in garages, basements and bedrooms. Playing Rumble was an essential rite of passage for any guitarist who wanted to harness the new music's mysterious dynamism. Without it, rock 'n roll as we know it would not exist."

For more on Record Store Day releases from Sundazed…
Sundazed Records homepage

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VERY RARE LINK WRAY VIDEO

Here's a rare one you've never seen. Link Wray AND Tex Rubinowitz!

Over a HALF HOUR of two DC music legends sharing the stage at the old Wax Museum night club.

This is one of Link's last DC appearances. His band includes Ed Cynar and John Van Horne (Ray Men from the 60's and 70's) as well as John Van Horne Jr.

If you dig this video, please consider supporting this website and buy a RUMBLE shirt! Makes a great Christmas gift…




TOMMY'S DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT

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Link's son-in-law Tommy Webb has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Rheumatoid Arthritis a very rare lung disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis usually attacks your joints and it's very rare that it attacks the lungs. Unfortunately this disease has attacked both of Tommy's lungs and it is progressing very rapidly.

Tommy is now a pre-op patient for a double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Link's daughter Beth is having a fundraising campaign to help assist Tommy's transplant costs and related medical expenses.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for more details. Thank you for your time and consideration.

LINK AND THE ROCK HALL

Just woke up to the news that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame passed over Link Wray. Again. My first thought was "that sucks."

But you know, after a dozen years of letters and petitions and trying to reach out, I'm finally figuring out that it really doesn't matter.

Link doesn't need the recognition of ONE house that recognizes a wide variety of musicians under the banner of "rock and roll."

Link Wray is recognized in EVERY house, garage or basement the first time a young guitar slinger straps on his axe, turns up their amp, rips a power chord and their parents yell "TURN IT DOWN! IT'S TOO LOUD!"

That my friends, is the REAL Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees now slated to be announced Thursday October 8th. May have been pushed off a couple days as Tuesday the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their nominees. Stay tuned.