Roxy Music: A Look Back

Roxy Music, the glam, art-rock band from the 1970s, is very much an acquired taste. The band was a trendsetter fashion-wise as much as musical stylists. The early 1970s was a kaleidoscope of gender blurring, retro fashions, gloss, glam and kitschy art. It was an interesting and creative stew, blending elements of past cultures with … More Roxy Music: A Look Back

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (revisiting)

Songs in the Key of Life, one of the best albums of 1976. This double album was all over the radio and was perhaps the pinnacle of Stevie Wonder’s musical output. Consider, this was Wonder’s 18th album, and he was only 26 years old. Amazing! The early 1970s had been a richly creative period for … More Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (revisiting)

Concept Albums by Frank Sinatra, Paul Williams, Richard Harris and Carole King: Of Love and Heartache

Concept albums are tough to pull off. Think Sgt. Pepper, Tommy, Quadrophenia, Animals, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Thick as a Brick, The Wall, et. al. There might be an integrated story, instrumental segues, musical motifs and epic feel to the production. Or, the songs might conceptually linked by content … More Concept Albums by Frank Sinatra, Paul Williams, Richard Harris and Carole King: Of Love and Heartache

Dick Ebersol: From Saturday Night to Sunday Night, and the evolution of network television (book reviews)

I am combining two book reviews and my own observations on the rise and fall of network television. Three television stations, with a foot antenna or rabbit-ears. Maybe a PBS station, and later, difficult to clearly receive UHF (mostly independent stations). Those were the options. Not a lot of channel surfing in those days, and … More Dick Ebersol: From Saturday Night to Sunday Night, and the evolution of network television (book reviews)

Brian Johnson: AC/DC

The Lives of Brian, a variation of the Monty Python film, Life of Brian, are the memoirs of AC/DC lead vocalist Brian Johnson. Truth be told, I’ve never been an AC/DC fan. Those screeching vocals were never my thing, yet, I admired their success. I started watching the television show that Johnson did, traveling around … More Brian Johnson: AC/DC