Sean Murphy loves music, books, and movies and can’t imagine a world without sub-titles. He was born in northern Virginia and has never found a compelling reason to leave. He studied English at George Mason University and has an MA in Literature. One of his thesis papers dealt with the utopian impulse in ‘70s rock (which, depending upon one’s perspective, at least partially explains why he opted not to purse that PhD in Cultural Studies). During his time at PopMatters he has written extensively about music, movies and books, and his column “The Amazing Pudding” appears every other month. His memoir Please Talk about Me When I’m Gone is now available via paperback and Kindle at Amazon. Visit him online at http://seanmurphy.net/.
Monday, August 11 2014
With the exception of the Beatles, no other band has loomed quite so large as Led Zeppelin, to the extent that we’ll never run out of things to say: good, bad and great.
Friday, February 7 2014
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman hurts more than the typical "gone too soon" tragedy because we are being robbed of an artist performing at the height of his considerable powers.
Sunday, January 19 2014
With Zion80, Jon Madof is not making a departure so much as a logical, if inspired, continuation of the ground he’s covered the past decade.
Tuesday, May 21 2013
Ray Manzarek left his handiwork all over several of the more resilient and extraordinary songs from one of the enduring American bands.
Tuesday, May 14 2013
Kathryn Schulz’s failure to appreciate F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterwork, as professed on Vulture.com, is a contemporary case study for how not to assess literature.
Thursday, November 20 2014
While so many of their progressive rock contemporaries were writing novels in the form of side-long suites, the Moody Blues were masters of the short story.
Thursday, September 18 2014
Love them or loathe them, Emerson, Lake & Palmer wore immoderation like a badge of courage.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
A Passion Play tends to draw the most resistance from even prog-rock aficionados; it obliges time and attention to let it work its charms.
Wednesday, May 7 2014
Steve Howe and his Yes bandmates are obviously driven by a desire, perhaps an obsession, to measure up favorably, and to improve upon what they’ve already achieved.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
During this three album stretch, Genesis evinced as much growth and glory as any of their prog brethren, and the banner they raised still casts a huge and heavy shadow over everything that followed.
Thursday, November 13 2014
There’s nothing not to recommend about this release, which offers further evidence that virtually everything Jon Madof touches turns to sonic gold.
Wednesday, October 22 2014
This disc marks the official arrival of a major talent: clearly steeped in the blues tradition who can shift seamlessly between feedback-frenzied rawness and cool, old school soul and funk.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
One comes away from Don Drummond with a clearer sense of who the man was and why he is considered by many to be the best musician so few people have ever heard of.
Sunday, February 23 2014
Aram Bajakian's second album is a testament of his love affair with the guitar.
Monday, January 27 2014
This is an exhaustive, if exhausting analysis of the debauchery and bad decisions that link the most famous members of the "27 Club".
Wednesday, December 3 2014
These ten selections, some more obscure than others, are chosen to represent the songs where the British power trio was most focused, most locked-in, and most original.
Tuesday, October 28 2014
Jack Bruce didn’t need music videos, laser shows, dry ice, PR Kits, and crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics. He was too busy being one of the very best musicians in the business.
Monday, March 3 2014
Harold Ramis’s oeuvre comprised a Hall of Justice for the nerds; people old enough to know there are no super heroes, but young enough to realize we could use them from time to time.
Thursday, September 19 2013
Music is first and foremost a very real and easily identifiable source of extreme pleasure. It’s also a vehicle, something I use to help me get around in life.
Wednesday, March 20 2013
If 1967 characterizes a high point in rock music, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was possible in the genre -- for better or worse.