[ Blue ] 

The Original Color of Sin. 

“Dragon Attack”
Bernard Fowler (a conversation)
The Bura Space & Time Roll On.
((( still rolling )))

dino perrucci

It’s been 35 years since Mick Jagger asked Bernard Fowler to join his band. Bernard’s been a Rolling Stone ever since.

First gig? Bernard laughs, and answers with a smile. “The Golden Terrace Ballroom … 125th Street … I was fourteen years old … did my first gig … got paid five dollars, And you know what I did with it? 
I had bacon and eggs for breakfast.”


“What A Wonderful World” (and Time)
((( Keith LeBlanc Dub Mix )))

jean-michel basquiatLittle Annie

Little Annie Bandez (Passing In The Night)
1977 Artist/Chanteuse, Annie Bandez was onstage at Max’s Kansas City, and caught the eye of Frank Zappa, who had stopped into the bar after playing a show at the Palladium, earlier that night.

This girl was wearing winter underwear with a black leather coat on top of that, and she had a paper bag with a bottle of vodka in it … She was screaming about Thorazine and being in a mental hospital, and IT WAS REAL!”

After seeing Little Annie Bandez, onstage, at Max’s Kansas City, the New York City club of choice for much of the city’s art community in the late 1970s: Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Painters, Poets, artists of all persuasions, including Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

“America The Beautiful”
Frank Zappa 
((( 1981 ))) Halloween NYC @ The Palladium


Who Do You Love?

1975 — At the time, Frank Zappa, was mostly (un)known for his comic lyrics (“Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow”), but that ignored the fact of Zappa being one of the finest composers and guitarists in a new genre of music called “FUSION.” Another Fusion pioneer, Return to Forever drummer Lenny White, prefers to call it “Jazz Rock” or “Electric Jazz,” and goes on to say if it weren’t for the electric guitar, there would be no “Fusion.” And of the players of the instrument, Frank Zappa was always one of the most important and influential. Musically, Zappa was something of an elitist, an intellectual, always thoughtful, and viciously funny. Instrumentally, Zappa defined, most vividly, White’s “Electric Jazz” description.

Both New Yorkers, Little Annie Bandez and Bernard Fowler crossed musical paths in London, England. The year was 1989, the time when both, independently, joined the electronic madness being had in Adrian Sherwood‘s On-U Sound Records Laboratory.

How Far The Stone Has Rolled
Playing for Civil and Voting Rights

Wood Brass & Steel (Doug Wimbish)
The Bridge between Hip-Hop and Disco.
((( dance, funk, jazz? )))

1976Wood Brass & Steel
Across the GW (George Washington Bridge) New Jersey to Manhattan. “Funkanova” found itself on almost every dance club dj’s playlist, from Larry Levan at The Paradise Garage, David Mancuso’s Loft parties, and Steve Rubell’s notorius Studio 54.
Pink Floyd (Tampa Stadium)
WKRP “Animals”
“East River” (NYC)
Brecker Brothers
Heavy Metal Bebop
1978A Collision In Space & Time
((( the”f”word ))) Impact of Fusion

Charles Hoff (New York Daily News)

Growing Up in New York City’s Queensbridge Projects and stepping out from the shadow under the Queensboro Bridge, Bernard crossed the East River, and slipped into the darkness of Lower Manhattan.

We’re Playing Basketball
Kurtis Blow
1984Beat Street
((( neighborhood game )))

Anthony Geathers (NYT)

If there’s one thing that signifies summer in New York City, it’s streetball. Known for its high energy and aggressive style, streetball is defined by the Oxford dictionary as an “informal type of basketball played especially in urban areas such as parking lots, playgrounds, parks, etc.” Some of New York City’s legendary courts, including Rucker Park and the West Fourth Street Courts, also known as “The Cage,” have been a training ground for a number of NBA stars, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kyrie Irving. (NAZ FATHER OLU DARA QUEENSBRIDGE)

ready to roll …
((( Open Letter to NYC)))

Beastie Boys
To the 5 Boroughs (2004)

As a young boy, Bernard Fowler would follow his mother around the apartment, listening to MAHALIA JACKSON, JACKIE WILSON, and any and all things MOWTOWN. “Sweet Caroline” and all that pop On the radio, basketball In the street, trombone IN THE MARCHING BAND. Crossing Into Manhattan, between 59th and 60th Streets. (EAST RIVERCROSSING)


Talking Heads
1978More Songs About Buildings and Food

Patti Smith
Robert Mapplethorpe

1978FM (Movie)
Rick James v Ron Carter

Linda Ronstadt
Jimmy Buffett
Tom Petty

Bruce Springsteen (return)

Dire Straits
The Last Poets
Gil Scott-Heron

1979Hip Hop Happens

Skip “Little Axe” McDonald (guitar)
Doug Wimbish (bass)
Keith LeBlanc (drums)

Living Colour (discography)
Tack>>Head (discography)
Little Axe (discography)
Bernard Fowler 

Live @ The Paradise Garage
Larry Levan
((( hip-hop & dance)))

Paradise Garage


“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Larry Levan
Opportunities were eclectic and many for a talented young musician, coming of age at the turn of the 1980s. In the beginning, Bernard was interested in exploring it all, to discover which road would take him on the wildest ride.
((( mixup in clubland)))

“Dangerous Sex”
Bernard Fowler (vocal)
1990Strange Things

((street talkin’ man? )))


Working Girl?

On the sidewalk outside The Roxy, a downtown NYC institution (roller rink by day, B-Boy dance club by night), and where the climactic scene of the big-budget, Hollywood movie, Beat Street, was filmed. The finale featured Bernard, as the Original B-Boy Preacher, leading a raucous congregation in what seemed like a sort of Hip-Hop religious service.

Bernard Fowler (cont’d)

“Summer In The City”
Ray Gomez
((( fusion is what?)))


Beat Street 

Hollywood’s depiction of the B-Boy Culture that had surfaced in the parks and abandoned buildings in and around New York City’s Five Burroughs.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC — After being created under cover of the night, New York City Graffiti shows itself on the subway trains as they emerge, and run across all five New York City Boroughs. Depending upon how you saw it, Graffiti was either an act of vandalism, or a rolling exhibit of fine art.

At the same time the B-Boy/Hip-Hop culture emerging from the shadows, the continued Fusion of Rock N Roll and Jazz was also on its way to the world called “Pop.” Pop in the sense that a significant number of people were showing their pleasure in the number of records being sold. Lenny White credits the electric guitar as the most influential instrument in the creation of Fusion music. Lenny prefers to call it Electric Jazz or Jazz Rock, and he speaks to John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell (two of the many Fusion guitarists he’s collaborated with) as the most influential. McLaughlin on Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, often sited as the beginning of the musical movement.

1980 — While many of the day’s most talented guitarists moved toward Ritchie Blackmore and Eddie Van Halen, there were those players who were more on the Electric Jazz track. Ray Gomez, (“Summer In The City”) was among them. . Swing, B-Bop, and the traditional was giving way to what was being called “Fusion.” Not Fusion Jazz, as Lenny White is quick to say. It is A Fusion of Rock and Jazz. Or Electric Jazz. Lenny also says “If it hadn’t been for the electric guitar, there would be no music called “FUSION.”

Stanley Clarke Live 1976-1977 (w/Ray Gomez)
Yellowjackets w/ Robben Ford/ Jimmy Haslip

1980s  — Just Say No
1980Ronald Reagan
1982No Nukes
NYC Central Park June 12, 1982
1983 —  No Sell Out
Keith LeBlanc
Malcolm X (12″)
1984Keith LeBlanc  

w/ Betty Shabazz vs. Sugar Hill Records
((( the original hip-hop beat )))

1984BEAT STREET, Herbie Hancock Sound-System Keith LeBlanc (“King Of The Beat”) “NO SELL OUT” (Malcolm X) vs. Sugar Hill Records (Joe and Sylvia Robinson) w/Betty Shabazz.

“The Freaks Come Out at Night”
1984 — Afrika Baambaata, Rick James, Pat Benatar Connection
((( hip-hop rising )))

1985Live Aid
Mick Jagger & Tina Turner
Farm Aid
We Are The World
Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones
Artists United Against Apartheid
Miami Vice
Adrian Sherwood, On-U Sound
Fat’s Comet,
Gary Clail
Mark Stewart
Bernard Meets Mick Jagger
She’s The Boss.
Jeff Beck Flash
w/ Jimmy Hall, Rod Stewart, Nile Rodgers and Arthur Baker (Production) Carmine Appice
1986Jeff Beck Flash Jan Hammer, Simon Phillips, Doug Wimbish, Steve Lukather, (TOKYO)
1987 — Living Colour Vivid, Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction, Joe Satriani Surfing With The Alien
1988The Young Americans 
The Second Coming of Mick
Primitive Cool The Brothers of Sodom
1989Bill Hicks
Viciously Honest (“Patriot”/”American Scream”)
“The Gospel According To Bill Hicks” (GQ)

“The Story Of Willie”
King Missile (downtown nyc)
((( apocalyptic opinion )))

month 11, 1980
vol 11 no 111
Truth Be Told
by Author

Back on the road with Bernard Fowler 
1981 — w/ Material One Down Bill Laswell
1982 — w/ Herbie Hancock  Future Shock
Larry Levan “Don’t Make Me Wait” (NYCiti Peech Boys) w/ The Smurfs Smurf For What It’s Worth
1983 — w/ Grandmixer DST Crazy Cuts, w/ Sinnamon I Need You Now
Sly & Robbie  Language Barrier

1985Mick Jagger She’s The Boss
Jeff Beck Flash (w/ Doug Wimbish,  Jan Hammer, Jimmy Hall, Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice)
1986 — w/ Ryuichi Sakamoto Futurista
w/ Philip Glass Songs from Liquid Days
w/ Public Image, Ltd. Album 
1987 — w/ James Blood Ulmer America – Do You Remember the Love? 
Mick Jagger Primitive Cool 
w/ Jeff Beck, Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Simon Phillips, Omar Hakim, Rachel Z (Trust The Universe)

“Young Americans”
Taking Mick for a Ride.
1988Mick Jagger (The Brothers of Sodom)
w/ Joe Satriani (The Extremist),Doug Wimbish, Simon Phillips, Jimmy Rip, Susie Davis, Tina Turner (TOKYO/ AUSTRALIA). They called it Mick’s “solo” career, but the three years after Keith and Mick announced the end of The Rolling Stones in 1985, represented a short was more a wild ride but we know now, that it was actually just a little longer than usual argument between Mick and Keith. At the time, the Rolling Stones were preparing for their Steel Wheels (reunion) Tour, and most media was saying Mick’s “solo” career had been unsuccessful, and that was made the reunion possible. Of course they weren’t listening. For those who were looking, they saw Mick pushed back in his seat, as a group of Young Americans took him on the most Wild, E-Ticket Rides.
w/ Bootsy Collins What’s Bootsy Doin’?
1989Friendly as a Hand Grenade
“Break Out The Bubbly” (Bernard brings Rhythm & Blues to Tack>>Head, and makes it clear that the band was Always American.

Bernard Fowler Tack>>Head

The Black Album

gee vaucher

(left-right) Adrian Sherwood, Skip McDonald, Bernard Fowler, Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish. Tack>>Head, at a studio on a farm just outside of Chicago, taking a break in the middle of the 2004 reunion tour.

Most Tack>>Head album and record covers feature an image of  The Statue of Liberty , reminding us that despite all the English influence, Tack>>Head, despite all the English influence, Tack>>Head is, and always has been an American band. Reinforcing the fact, in 2009 the band covered James Brown’s “Funky President,” including Keith sampling Barack Obama’s First Inaugural Address. Twenty years earlier, in a similar way, Keith used Malcolm X speeches in making “No Sell Out,” Keith’s landmark, post-Sugar Hill recording, many call the first “sampling” pressed in vinyl.

1991A Tribe Called Quest
The Low End Theory
((( LISTEN )))

— Alan Lomax

Muddy Waters w/ Rolling Stones
@ The Checkerboard Lounge (Chicago)
November 22, 1981 — In the middle of their American Tour, The Rolling Stones arrived three days early and did a three-night stand at Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon Hotel, before the scheduled show that weekend.

— Checkerboard Lounge

Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Buddy Guy’s club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform. It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage and later Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz also played their part.

It was a unique occasion that was fortunately captured on camera.
Now, restored from the original footage and with sound mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this amazing blues night is being made available in an official release for the first time.

1990Strange Things (Tack>>Head)
1990 — Liberty (Duran Duran)
1991Johnnie B. Bad (Johnnie Johnson)
1992No Other World (Shining Path)
1992 — Onobox (Yoko Ono)
1993Stain (Living Colour)
1994 Jazz Passengers in Love (Roy Nathanson’s Jazz Passengers)

1995Mas Feedback (Nicklebag)
199612 Hits and a Bump (Nicklebag)
1997Power Inc. (Tack>>Head)

1999 — Michael Hutchence (Michael Hutchence)
1999Colors (Herb Alpert)

1999Prince & The Color Purple
It’s His Party, and He’ll Jam if He Wants to.
2000 — Y2K / Living Colour @ CBGB
2001 Living Colour Reunion
Best of Material (Material)
2002In The Post Apocalyptic Area
2003 — Living Colour CollideOscope
2004Tack>>Head Reunion

“We’re An American Band”
Asylum Street Rehearsals
@ Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar (Hartford, Connecticut)
2004Tack>>Head Reunion
Back In The U.S.A.

Hartford, Connecticut
@ Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar
Skip “Little Axe” McDonald (guitar)
Doug Wimbish (bass)
Keith LeBlanc (drums)

Bernard Fowler (discography)
Tack>>Head (discography)
Living Colour (discography)
Little Axe (discography)
Adrian Sherwood (mixing desk)

New York City @ The Ritz (w/ Melle Mel)
Chicago @ The Abbey
San Francisco @

2004 — Champagne & Grits (Little Axe)
2005 A Bigger Bang (Rolling Stones)
2005 — Rarities 1971–2003 (Rolling Stones)
2006 — Little Axe Real World Records Sessions
2006Friends With Privileges

2006 — Shine a Light (Rolling Stones)

2007 Friends With Privileges
2008Shine a Light (Rolling Stones)

“Funky President”
2014For The Love Of Money
((( still rolling )))


Bernard Fowler had been a Rolling Stone since the “Steel Wheels” tour in 1989, and has been around the world many times, routinely playing stadiums and arenas in front crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The difference in 2016, as he stood on another large stage, was the 500,000 Cuban Rolling Stones fans had never seen a Rock N Roll show of such magnitude in the heart of Communist Havana, Cuba.

2009  Tack>>Head
 @ The Highline Ballroom (NYC)
“New York Time” b/ Bernard Fowler

“Danger” (video)
Doug Wimbish  w/Bernard Fowler (vocal)
“Dope Fiend” b/Bernard Fowler
((( urban duress )))

“Dangerous” / “All Mixed Up” b/ Linda Zachs

In the Name of The Lord
Bernard Fowler

Tack>>Head at the Highline Ballroom (NYC).

2009 Bernard put the band together, calling them Bad Dog, and played shows in Austria and Germany in the Fall and Winter of 2008. The next year Bernard released “New York Time” (song/video), and did a one off show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, Bernard’s hometown.

2010 A Bass Odyssey
Doug Wimbish CinemaSonics
Little Axe Bought for a Dollar, Sold for a Dime

2011 Colors (Herb Alpert)

2011 Tack>>Head The Black Album
2012 Hot Night Tonight (Barbara Lynn)

2013Little AxeStone Cold Ohio
2013 Best of Material (Material)

2014For The Love Of Money
“Take A Walk On The Wild Side”  
Bernard Fowler

((( times square patriots )))


Painted Patriot

On the sidewalk in Times Square, a body-painted, “American” model counts the money she earned standing in the thick of the Square, paid to stand for her picture to be taken with, by, and for any willing tourist passing by.

2016 Tack>>Head 
“Funky President” (Obama) v. “King Bee”

“Mother Earth”
The Chess Project (Keith LeBlanc)
New Moves

((( remixing the blues )))

SweetWater Sudios (New York)

2023 Still Alive and Well — Tack>>Head, all taking time from their individual projects (Living Colour, Rolling Stones, etc.) met in London and with Adrian Sherwood. Adrian, celebrating 40 years of his ON-U Sound record label, did much with his American brothers.

Chess Records revived … an album of classics reinterpreted by a supergroup.”

The New Yorker

FOR YOUR GRAMMY CONSIDERATION (Best Contemporary Blues Album) Marshall Chess and Jamar Chess team with producer Keith LeBlanc to reimagine their family’s hallowed Chess Records vault — including favorites by Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and more …

The Original Sugar Hill Rhythm Section
Skip “Little Axe” McDonald (guitar)
Doug Wimbish (bass)
Keith LeBlanc (drums)

Bernard Fowler (discography)
Tack>>Head (discography)
Living Colour (discography)
Little Axe (discography)

2024 — For Adrian Sherwood’s party at The Jazz Cafe, celebrating ON-U SOUND’S 40TH YEAR, all the original Tack>>Head bandmembers took time away from their individual projects (Living Colour, Rolling Stones, Chess Records) to play their English mate’s show.

2024 — To Be Or Not To Be America?

and the beat rolls on.

The Bridge
African American Time
1619 & Far Beyond The Beginning


2025 — ?
2026 — ?

My Favorite Things
Tony Bennett

((( sing a song)))

Great Day In HarlemArt Kane (1958)

A Taste Of Honey
(and) “A Hard Day’s Night
Herb Alpert‘s Tijuana Brass
(and) The Beatles
1964“Fly Me To The Moon” (Frank Sinatra w/Count Basie)
((( early influences)))

Herb Alpert‘s Tijuana Brass

Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline (single) “Dig In” (side-B)
((( summer in the cities)))

Gordon Parks Foundation

Mahalia Jackson, Jackie Wilson, and all things Motown.

The World Is A Ghetto
((( in the ghetto)))

james van der zee

“Midnight In Harlem”
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
Crossroads Festival 
((( in the ghetto)))