It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” by David Bowie — a music review

When you say “Ziggy Stardust” most people know the David Bowie work you’re referring to, although the actual title of the 1972 album is “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” This was a concept album that may have been a bit bigger than its concept. It was preceded by […]

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It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Number of the Beast,” by Iron Maiden — a music (and documentary) review

This post is serving double duty. It’s a track-by-track review of the Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast, with the associations of my ill-spent youth. But, it’s also a review of the documentary Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (Classic Albums), which I watched on Amazon Prime Video. As is my custom, […]

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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years — a documentary review

I may have seen parts of the documentary on television before. Parts of it seem very familiar. I am familiar with director Penelope Spheeris. She directed two comedy movies I liked a lot: Wayne’s World and the Chris Farley/David Spade Black Sheep. Spheeris also directed the “Bohemian Rhapsody” music video for Wayne’s World. The rumor […]

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Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, by Stephen Davis — a book review

I didn’t realize it until after I was well into this book, but I’ve read Stephen Davis’s work before. I read Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, by Stephen Davis (and Aerosmith) years before reading this unauthorized biography of Led Zeppelin’s meteoric rise to wealth and fame and legendary status in the world of […]

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