Wednesday, October 23 2002
Listeners who know Alan Lomax’s 1935 Bahamian field recordings, or the rhyming spirituals of Bahamian roots artists like the Pinder Family and Joseph Spence (whose
“The singer-songwriter imperative is weakened but still with us, providing new voices and nonvoices each year . . .”—Richard Reinhardt Once upon time, as a DJ at
Eliades Ochoa appears strolling down the rusted train tracks in his featured segment in Wim Wender’s documentary Buena Vista Social Club. While the other
The Classic Masters series from EMI/Capitol can be, in some cases, an excellent way of producing a best-of collection for an artist with very
The Best of Billie Holiday 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection is a wonderful introduction to the artist. Holiday’s musical career spanned the years
It’s really easy to analyze new releases from every Tom, Dick, and Harry out there. It’s damn hard to write a review of
The word “cute” is rich with connotations but empty of real aesthetic weight. A critic can bandy the word about only when all other possibilities
The Indian Summer that England has been enjoying just ended abruptly, and outside the cold weather is beating London like a ginger-haired stepchild. The front
What to say about Steve Albini? I can tell you this much—he never played Texas. I heard someone say once that Albini hates the
Minimalist composer Steve Reich and his wife, video artist Beryl Korot, gained notoriety in 1993 with their collaboration on the large-scale “documentary video opera” The Cave,
It is a curious thing to see a rock show in an opera house. The smoking hipsters are replaced with polite and wholesome-looking theatre-going folk.
Gomez are the guys living in the apartment below you. The ones who order take-out every night. The ones you borrow music from. You comb
PeachesPhoto credit: Lisa Kannakko Chicks on SpeedPhoto credit: Michael Lavine Electroclash. Gotta admit, it’s a great tag for a musical movement. Certainly more enticing-sounding
Ani DifrancoPhoto credits: Jennifer Bendery “If you can’t raise awareness, raise hell” —Rita Mae Brown It was a crisp evening in Austin, Texas, as
Hollywood Babylon breeds with the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series in this book.
Our culture's obsession with the world of pimps and prostitutes shows up in odd places.
The Power of a Partner: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Gay and Lesbian Relationships by Richard L.
What makes this book stand out among other self-help guides is its limitless acceptance of all types of readers and all types of practices. . . .
King strips Hollywood bare of its glitz and glamour and unravels the main, and sadly, perhaps, even the only driving force of Hollywood, namely . . . profit margins . . .
America is currently besieged by a national campaign that places the Lynyrd Skynyrd and its music front and center in the pop cultural consciousness. . . .
Every so often, literature's long-forgotten greats make a comeback and entrench themselves within popular culture. This time, it's Dante Alighieri.