Book Review: The Songs of Hollywood by Philip Furia and Laurie PattersonJuly 17, 2020
For the next few years, Hollywood musicals, climaxing in 42nd Street (1933), would be "backstage" pictures....
Book Review: Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen by Jimmy McDonoughJuly 11, 2020
In the Nashville of the 1960s, songs were typically recorded in an hour or less and...
Movie Review: The RunawaysJuly 11, 2020
“It’s not about women’s lib, kitties, it’s about women’s libido!” manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) screams...
The Great Music Videos #2: “Thriller” (dir. John Landis)July 6, 2020
Jackson as a zombie in “Thriller” William Bibbiani noted in the Great Music Videos #1 post...
Nicole Atkins: Femme NoirJune 13, 2020
She’s been called the female Roy Orbison, a psychedelic metalhead who grew up listening to Elvis...
Nina Simone: The Biography by David Brun-LambertJune 6, 2020
The granddaughter of slaves on both parents’ sides of the family, Simone’s stardom coincided with the...
Satchmo: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstrong by Steven BrowerMay 31, 2020
For someone who radiated pure joy, his beginnings were Deep South Dickensian. Born in New Orleans...
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie AndrewsMay 14, 2020
Again, it took an intervention, this time by Moss Hart, to point her in the right...
The Rock Posters of Rich BlackMay 13, 2020
A photographic essay: The Rock Posters of Rich Black.
Daniel Barenboim at La ScalaMay 7, 2020
Drama number three was the presence on the podium of Daniel Barenboim, the child prodigy born...