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David Bowie was one of popular music’s most groundbreaking artists. He was the Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, the Low-era Man Who Fell to Earth, the plastic soul man of Young Americans, and even the unabashedly commercial pop artist of Let’s Dance. Reinventing himself with each successive album and tour, Bowie fully
More of my “Take Five”… John Lennon is rarely thought of as a session musician; nearly all of his work was within the context of The Beatles, with wife Yoko Ono and/or his own Plastic Ono Band. But between 1965 and his death in 1980, Lennon participated in several notable projects involving other artists. The
More from my “Take 5” series… Even rock’s biggest names occasionally release a dud. These five albums threatened to derail careers. And in some cases they did. Emerson Lake & Palmer – Love Beach – Progressive giants ELP were one of the ‘70s biggest concert draws. But they sounded more like a conventional – even
This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk David Bowie was easily among the most important music artists of the 20th century. His influence extended far beyond music, into fashion and other media.
When you get right down to it, everybody has a story to tell. Some tales have almost universal appeal, while others are possessed of niche quality. And there’s not really a direct correlation between how compelling or engrossing a story might be and the likelihood that one can score a book deal to write it.
UPDATE March 17: It looks as if all live shows are canceled for the foreseeable future. Please support these and other artists by buying their music online, viewing (and paying for) livestreams .. .whatever they may have on offer. We’re all in this together. Because of the worldwide challenge posed by the spread of the
Continued from Part One… I thought that your citing the Rashomon effect was really effective. Since the book has come out, have you heard — either directly or indirectly —from any of the characters in it that, “Hey, that’s not the way I remember it”? Oh, my God. You have no idea. We had a
Laura Davis-Chanin is in a unique position to write a personal chronicle of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s New York rock scene. As the drummer in the Student Teachers, she experienced firsthand the scene happening in places like CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City. She got to know many of the main players in that scene.
In the history of rock and pop, it’s rare that a producer becomes a “rock star.” Certain names have become prominent fixtures in the audio part of pop culture: Phil Spector and George Martin are among the most well-known producers of the 1960s. In later years, Quincy Jones, Jeff Lynne, Brian Eno and Rick Rubin
In some quarters, Blackstar has been characterized as a “jazz” album. That’s not accurate: though instrumentation closely associated with jazz (most notably saxophone) is employed throughout the album’s seven tracks, the uses to which those instruments are put are decidedly not jazz. Distorted electric guitar crops up fairly often as well – most prominently on