David Masciotra is the author of Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen (Continuum Books). He is currently writing his second book, Faith That Won’t Die, a work of literary journalism about life in the American rust belt. He has written for the Daily Beast, Truthout, Relevant, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is 27 and lives in Indiana. For more information, an article archive, and blog visit www.davidmasciotra.com.
Tuesday, January 8 2013
Warren Haynes is a one man weapon of mass destruction. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the 25 greatest guitar players in rock, and he is easily one of the genre’s best signers. We talked about the Gov't Mule's new release -- The Georgia Bootleg Box, his band’s history, and the future of his music.
Tuesday, August 21 2012
We must approach any consideration of Gore Vidal's vast body of work with fear and trembling, because if we do not properly understand and absorb his wisdom, we will have missed yet another opportunity to truly grasp American history and identity.
Wednesday, March 14 2012
The legacy of the The Bodyguard, beyond the greatness of Whitney, the vision of Kasdan, and the wisdom of Costner, is that it's possible to please the public and produce profit on a massive scale by intelligently presenting the complexities of adult love.
Tuesday, February 21 2012
Warren Haynes is the greatest living practitioner of blues-based, soul-inspired rock ‘n’ roll music. We discussed his new album Man In Motion, his life on the road, and the magic of “real life intensity” in music.
Thursday, June 30 2011
The mystery and sensuality of Clarence’s sax on “Spirit in the Night", the triumphant conclusion to “Thunder Road", and the epic solo in “Jungleland", are a few of the prodigies among Clarence and Springsteen’s many children -- children conceived by the spiritual love affair that they had for nearly 40 years.
Tuesday, March 12 2013
When PC people manufacture controversies such as the uproar over Seth MacFarlane's Oscar humor, they reveal that they are oblivious to how they consistently confirm every unflattering stereotype depicting them as humorless bores.
Tuesday, February 12 2013
As America moves forward into a new era of equality, it would be only right for music fans to look back on the career of Sylvester with both enthusiasm and regret.
Tuesday, November 13 2012
Even a cursory look at The Big Lebowski and the Gospel reveals that Jesus of Nazareth was an original Dude and Lebowski of Los Angeles is, in his own way, a practitioner of Jesus’ way and life.
Monday, September 17 2012
In his golden years, Smokey Robinson is more convincingly and excitingly sexual and sensual than nearly every young performer who will join the parade of sensationalistic imagery on the MTV VMA awards.
Monday, August 13 2012
Pop music should not merely raise brand awareness in slick advertisement campaigns; it should also seek to inject the culture with love, hope, and joy.
Monday, October 15 2012
Those who see John Condron perform live will get a firm grasp on the excitement and contemplative growth associated with the era that belonged to folkies carrying guitars through city cafes and small town bars. …If Any or At All is a sonic postcard representing that experience and presenting Condron’s thoughts and talents to anyone willing to take the musical and spiritual ride.
Thursday, November 17 2011
After a 14-year hiatus from releasing new, original music, Daryl Hall is back to prove himself, yet again, as a songwriter. His new album, Laughing Down Crying, represents all the varied musical styles that live within the artistry of Hall.
Tuesday, November 15 2011
I expected the performance of the Warren Haynes Band at the Vic Theatre to be good. I did not expect it to be one of the best displays of musical mastery and performative passion I have ever seen.
Wednesday, June 15 2011
“I’ve waited 20 years to make this record,” Ronnie Dunn says in a video on the making of his first solo album. His patience wore out and now he’s clawing at our eyes and screaming in our ears for attention. He wants us to listen, and we should.
Thursday, November 19 2009
On Halloween night when Bob Dylan and his band took the stage at the Aragon in Chicago, the audience members, some of whom were clad in costume, erupted in wild applause.
Monday, October 10 2011
Friday, May 6 2011
Anyone who would make the claim that video games are the new literature has all of his work in media studies ahead of him.
Friday, May 7 2010
Ben Tanzer is a writer with enough heart to pump life into nearly any literary scene. He encourages the reader to use their empathy for his characters to explore their own relationships, decisions, and identity.