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A blogger’s off-the-rails ride — from pop to punk, from film to funk!
Sights, sounds, words, rhymes, designs, brushstrokes, movement — it’s what feeds my soul. And when I find something truly fab I have an evangelical zeal to share it with the world. Lou Reed once sang, “You know, her life was saved by rock and roll.” Music and other forms of creative expression have always saved me — from conformity, from the haters, from the bondage of self, from the madness and monotony of everyday life. I may not be able to save the world, but I’d sure love to make your journey a little more interesting…by turning you on to new ways of looking at pop culture.
When the cops finally busted Madam Marie, the young ne'er-do-well knew it was time to leave the seaside carnival life forever. Riding Tilt-a-Whirls and chasing factory girls underneath the boardwalk…cruising the circuit with switchblade lovers and open-shirted casino boys…it was all kid's stuff. Someday he'd look back on those barefoot slacker days and sex-seeking nights, and rage against the dying of the pier lights that once cast a protective cover, like a soft beach blanket,…Continue
Posted on July 6, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments
When the name of your band conjures up images of either (1) the human arse, (2) a vaudeville star named Brice, (3) a protagonist from an 18th Century erotic novel by John Cleland, or (4) a character from a recurring Playboy comic strip, you might have a bit of a problem being taken seriously. I'm referring to a mostly forgotten early 1970s band named Fanny. The thing is, they were taken seriously -- at least for a while. They signed a major record deal (the third…Continue
Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments
It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Americanization.
In 1962, she attended a Brooklyn club called The Lollipop Lounge, where, on a dare, she took the stage and sang a song with a…Continue
Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments
The name Stax Records is synonymous with soul music. But did you know that the legendary label of black artists like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett, and Isaac Hayes was co-founded by a white woman who began her career as a school teacher? In the late 1950s, Estelle Axton began investing in Satellite Records, a small label started by her brother Jim Stewart, a former bank clerk. The early studio, originating in Stewart's Memphis garage, primarily catered to country and…Continue
Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments