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 […]Read more "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years — a documentary review"
This post was inspired by the late journalist Sydney J. Harris who would occasionally write a column he called “Things I Learned While Looking Up Other Things,” in which he included bits of trivia that just didn’t fit into any other column he was writing. Of course, this was in the days when the […]Read more "Fun Music Facts I Learned While Looking Up Other Things"
These are the songs that set my toes to tapping and make me feel good on a bad day. For maximum effect, I suggest listening to them in the following order: Track #1: “Slow Ride” Foghat You know, Foghat was one of those British bands that never had a hit in the UK. But, […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s Feel Good Mix Tape (Side 1)"
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 […]Read more "Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, by Stephen Davis — a book review"
Back in Black is still my favorite AC/DC album, though its predecessor, Highway to Hell, is running only about a nose length behind. I owned Highway first, in fact. Both were produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. And, both albums have just about all of my favorite AC/DC songs on them. The difference in the […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “Back in Black” by AC/DC — a music review"
You know who The Who are. Their songs have provided the theme music for all the CSI television shows. The original series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation used “Who Are You?” as its theme song. CSI: Miami used “Won’t Get Fooled Again” with the most famous scream in rock ‘n’ roll. And, CSI: New York […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “Who’s Next,” by The Who"
Stephen King was at least partially responsible for my purchase of this album (which was in cassette form the first time, I’ll admit). I read King’s novel The Stand not long after it came out in 1978, and, as I recall, it had at least one epigraph quoting the song “Shelter from […]Read more "It’s A Good Record, Man: “Blood on the Tracks,” by Bob Dylan"