Thursday, December 6 2001
For George, let's remember that it is sometimes within silence that we can make ourselves best heard.
There are countless Beatles classics that would be nothing without George Harrison's trademark pretty, jangly, button-down riffs suffusing them like a potent incense cone.
Friday, November 30 2001
Although U2 were indeed Irish, they had about as much personal connection with the Northern Irish troubles as the Jackson Five.
Thursday, November 22 2001
'I find it very disappointing that punk in the 21st century has turned into a style and something to be worn like a jacket, rather than something which has a specific attitude to it.'
Thursday, November 15 2001
It's Harry's world right now -- the rest of us just live in it.
Set amid the gorgeous fall splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Virginia Film Festival year after year remains an all-around classy production.
Thursday, November 8 2001
The punk rock version of James Dean, Vicious solidified his fame by dying young, leaving behind memories of his notorious behavior and the mystery of girlfriend Nancy Spungen's murder. Although he contributed little to punk music, Vicious remains its most famous name, and his cult has only grown.
Let's gob on the punk canon and see what happens.
Friday, November 2 2001
Punk produced a larger number of influential female artists than most any other pop movement [but] most female punk artists either denied their feminism or avoided the issue altogether. The result was one of punk's greatest contradictions: While playing music without a blatant feminist agenda, female artists made real inroads in the male-dominated music world.
Thursday, October 25 2001
25 Up: Punk’s Silver Jubilee: “Are You Taking Over Or Are You Taking Orders?”: Some Thoughts About T
The Clash got into music not because they wanted the publicity, or wanted to be down with the scene, or because they wanted to get laid. They did it because they had no choice. They loved rock and roll too much not to try and save its life.
Friday, October 19 2001
Richard Linklater's movies feature lots of conversation, sometimes serving as plot, taking you places that you don't quite expect, then turning again.
Thursday, October 18 2001
On their first album, in 1977, the Clash included the track 'I'm So Bored with the USA'. It was a sweeping rant. But with which USA were the band so bored? Was it the Velvet Underground or Iggy Pop? Unlikely. Was it US television, was it US militarism? More probable. Was it more to do with the Clash resenting the idea of latterday American imperialism and, by extension, a suggestion that that very imperialism might be claiming this simmering sub-cultural volcano as its own? Quite possible. Or was it something else?
This year, the New York Film Festival had a special significance, as it marked the return to some sense of normalcy in the city, two weeks after the World Trade Center disaster.
Thursday, October 11 2001
The hard reality is that U2 is over. As good as 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' is at showcasing the best of the band's traditions, there is no good place to go from here.
Friday, September 28 2001
What makes singers Dave Hollister and Jaheim so refreshing is that while they are street-slick they are also vulnerable and accessible. While iced-out rap artists stack women like chips but eschew closeness, most R&B superstars romance models in exotic locales free from everyday concerns. In contrast, Dave Hollister and Jaheim have the personas of guys from around the way who made good telling stories for and about average Black folks.
What follows is less a review than a personal narrative. Maybe a journalistic recap of Burning Man is possible, but to me it misses the point. It's a participatory event, and everyone's experience of it is extremely different.
Thursday, September 27 2001
A Tribute to Heroes', why I was glad to see that she looked less frazzled than I expected.
Following the turmoil felt all across the United States after the events of September 11, 2001, Clear Channel Communications announced a list of songs that are deemed 'questionable' in the wake of terrorist attacks and a move towards war . . . And this sensitivity, it seems, means that anything that may cause listeners to think about the crisis at all is to be avoided.
Tuesday, September 25 2001
This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of J.D. Salinger's classic novel of adolescence adrift, 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Rob Maitra, 'PopMatters' critic and high-school teacher, brings us a report from the field that confirms that, even after half a century, Holden Caulfield is still very much alive -- and kicking.
Friday, September 21 2001
He crawled out from under the avalanche of Hendrix tapes he is continually working with to chat with PopMatters about the latest Jimi Hendrix release, 'Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection'.