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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.
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 — 8 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
“Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe.” That’s a wonderful line from The Commitments, a sweet little film about a ragtag assortment of Dubliners who form a soul band. Just think about it: like African Americans, the Irish have lived The Blues for centuries. And it…Continue
Posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments
The popular music of North America is seasoned with the blood and sweat of every race and nationality: Anglos, Africans, Hispanics, Jews…rockers of all ethnic mixes. But what about the native peoples of North America? Many rock fans know that Cher, Rita Coolidge, and Robbie Robertson have native roots. But when was the last time you heard anything about a rock band comprised predominantly of indigenous peoples from the U.S. or Canada?
Well, they're out there! Some…Continue
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments