Friday, June 28 2002
Like many bluesmen -- and any boxer -- Texas guitarslinger Johnny Copeland got knocked down a lot, but he always fought hard to get back up.
Jackie Wilson will be recognized as a superb gloveman who wasn't afraid to mix it up in the corners, only to be brought down by the same habits he acquired when he was learning to harness his amazing gifts.
His tragic career will always be offered as an object lesson in power and greed (not to mention the fate of the black man in entertainment).
Comparing bluesmen to boxers is a parlor game -- okay, a saloon pastime -- worth trying once or twice.
Tuesday, June 25 2002
If June Jordan has been invisible to the mainstream in her death, it was not simply because she was black, but because she was a black woman, who chose to be an activist and an intellectual, in a society that seemingly has little value for black women who aren't taking off their clothes, while celebrating their 'bootilicious' reality on a Viacom-owned video channel or an HBO 'sex' series.
The record business perceived the Dolls as too dangerous, too radical, too frightening even to be in the same room with, too hard to sell. Every time Leber and I talked to record people we came across an invisible wall. Could they play as well as the Allman Brothers? What is this gender bending thing? Are they gay?
Wednesday, June 19 2002
Vacations, to us of this peculiar breed, are simply an excuse of an extended orgy of unrestrained reading.
Tuesday, June 18 2002
Why would anyone, let alone TV producers, construct an environment that might result in hunger, where youngsters have to go to bed with empty stomachs?
Tuesday, June 11 2002
PopMatters' own bring to the surface a dozen under-the-radar musicians who are sure to blow your mind 'and' your speakers.
Friday, June 7 2002
Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn work off each other. Emotional, psychic, spiritual -- they share rhythms that are difficult to pinpoint, fascinating to see.
Tuesday, June 4 2002
Meade was the real ugly truth. During the 1960s and '70s he grew up gay in the nowhere north Oklahoma oil outpost of Bartlesville, where football and Our Lord Jesus Christ rule the roost and homosexuality is considered unnatural and satanic. Music was his only salvation...
Monday, June 3 2002
Ahh, Gary Wilson. For the performer who is as much performance artist as he is lounge act, a pat fairy tale simply will not do. His fade into obscurity came largely because no one could understand his music; today, it still sounds light years ahead of its time and maybe not even of this planet.
Wednesday, May 15 2002
Due to the uniquely democratic nature of comics, the medium has been praised for helping to create national identities, a space for archetypal storytelling, and even a shared language of words and images.
Tuesday, May 14 2002
The combination of four sweaty, unassuming guys proudly displaying their heavy metal T-shirts whilst belting out a brand of classic-influenced modern rock that gave them their name, is not the conventional way a new band manages to break through in today's ultra competitive, MTV dominated music industry, but that's exactly how American Hi-Fi have managed it.
Monday, May 6 2002
The Jay Zs and Ja Rules of the world would no longer be role models to black youth if we all had a more prominent role in their lives.
Saturday, May 4 2002
The real key to Café Tacuba is the fact that all four members write beautiful songs.
Tijuana and Monterrey are both closer to the U.S. border than they are to Mexico City, and both have enthusiastic and committed local music scenes that have little to do with trying to sound like 'chilangos' (natives of Mexico City) and everything to do with musical hybridism.
Thursday, May 2 2002
As soon as word got out that Left Eye was dead, the news-and-entertainment industry kicked into a depressingly familiar gear.
The efforts of the Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival to use Jewish identity as a jumping-off point to promote understanding among many groups, are admirable and welcome.