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Bill See
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Bill See was the lead singer of critically acclaimed L.A. band Divine Weeks.  He is the author of 33 Days: Touring In A Van. Sleeping On Floors. Chasing A Dream.


Features

Monday, September 12 2011

What's a Sellout? Art and Commerce, Now vs. Then

Only a generation ago, it was career suicide for a band to allow one of their songs to appear in a commercial. These days? Not so much.


Tuesday, August 23 2011

Jane's Affliction: How the Music Biz Sucked the Life Out of Yet Another Great Band

When Jane's Addiction took L.A. by storm in the late '80s, everyone knew they'd have a huge impact on pop music. Yet by 1991 they were creatively spent. What happened?


Columns

Sunday, March 25 2012

The Cost of Success: When Lives Intersect With Fame

The Swell Season is one of the most intimate fly-on-the-wall peeks at the effects of stardom on two people at two very different points in their lives. It’s arguably the most accomplished music documentary of its kind since D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back.


Sunday, February 26 2012

Sinéad O'Connor: A Mea Culpa

Sinéad's never going to play the game or be someone who has finally "learned her lesson", so forget it. Here’s someone whose career was derailed for being blasphemous. Well, as it turns out, she was right. It’s time to offer our apologies.


Sunday, February 5 2012

'Nebraska': Bruce Springsteen's 'Heart of Darkness'

In 1982, with the charts ruled by “Physical”, “Don’t You Want Me” and “Eye of the Tiger”, along came a low-tech record about killers, small-time thieves and other forgotten souls -- and it's still one of the best albums in American music.


Sunday, December 11 2011

A Holiday Mix Tape, YouTube Style

Who hasn’t sat through those holiday parties with the cozy but yawn inducing classics of Burl Ives playing ad nauseam? I can help with that.


Sunday, November 6 2011

The Battle to Stay Relevant

Watching your favorite band become irrelevant is like watching Michael Jordan unable to elevate high enough to dunk in his final year in the NBA.


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