The Garage Rock Chronicles

On an elegant stage crowded with cables, amplifiers and musical instruments, a guitar player in blue jeans and long gray hair was getting loud again as he dug into a garage rock standard, “The House of the Rising Sun.” Lenny Kaye stood at a microphone, green Stratocaster in his hands, and shut his eyes tight to growl some ominous lyrics: “Now the only thing a gamblin’ man ever needs / Is a suitcase, Lord, and a trunk…”

This was supposed to be a rehearsal, but Kaye was playing the song for himself and a near-empty theater in Glendale, Ca., the day before a 50-year celebration for an influential double

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