Tags
Music

Billy Vera Documents a Legendary Label With 'Rip It Up: The Specialty Records Story'

Grammy-winner Billy Vera spent years working in the Speciality Records vaults and remains close to label founder Art Rupe. "Specialty is right up there with Atlantic, Chess, and Sun in terms of being important." Enjoy an interview with the author and an exclusive book excerpt.

Jedd Beaudoin
Recent
Music

All Hail the King: Chuck Berry Reinvented Music, and America

After Chuck Berry, rock music would forever be a gumbo of competing and complimentary source points, but his first-person flights of fancy still represent its most undiluted potential.

Music

The Sonics: This Is the Sonics

The first new studio album since 1967 from these garage rock legends has its faults, but it's an overall solid addition to their already classic discography.

Film

'American Pop'... Matters: Ron Thompson, the Illustrated Man Unsung

More than just a rock performance piece, American Pop is an engrossing drama with a pathos that burns through the animation cells in certain scenes even to this day.

Music

Saint Bernadette: The Nevers

A disappointing, half-great rock record...

Music

The New Standards: Rock and Roll

It takes a lot of guts and a sly sense of humor to arrange signature songs from the likes of the Velvet Underground, Elvis Costello and the Clash into quirky, minimalist swing tunes.

Books

Lonely Avenue by Alex Halberstadt

The songs of Doc Pomus have become an indispensable part of the American songbook, largely without our even knowing it.

Michael E. Ross
Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.