"Hal Ashby and the Making of Harold and Maude" by James A. Davidson

Quick Book Review: “Hal Ashby and the Making of Harold and Maude” by James A. Davidson

I go through phases where I don’t think about the movie Harold and Maude very much, and then I become obsessed with it again.  It’s my favorite movie; I find the humorous bits hilarious and the philosophical bits poignant and uplifting, and whenever there’s some kind of crisis (like 9-11 or the current corona pandemic), I find myself immersed in…

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"Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña" by David Hajdu

Quick Book Review: “Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña” by David Hajdu

A well-written and detailed account of the intertwined lives of four prominent, larger-than-life fixtures of the folk music scene of the early 60s.  The book very effectively transports you back to those heady, exciting days of the Greenwich Village music clubs and cafes.  I really knew nothing about Joan Baez’s sister Mimi, nor anything about her enigmatic, fascinating husband, Richard…

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"Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story" by Celeste Bell and Zoe Howe

Quick Book Review: “Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story” by Celeste Bell and Zoe Howe

Back in the late ‘70s, when punk music was all the rage, I became fanatically obsessed with it.  I especially loved British punk and was very into The Sex Pistols, Clash, Stranglers, Buzzcocks, Jam, and countless other punk bands. One major favorite, though, was the band X-Ray Spex, led by the brilliant, talented singer Poly Styrene (born Marion Elliott). Poly’s…

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Saturday Night Live Airport Sushi at Laguardia Airport

David Byrne’s “We’re On a Plane to Nowhere” on SNL

As funny as it is epic, John Mulaney’s Saturday Night Live lavish musical about analyzing the health-risk limits of corner store bodega items returned this week with “Airport Sushi” – A journey into what happens when you order the pre-made sushi at Laguardi Airport. While the song and dance number is hilarious, the arc de triumph is when David Byrne…

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Camp John Waters 2020 Kent, CT Friday, September 11, 2020 05:30 PM - Monday, September 14, 2020 03:00 PM

Cool Upcoming Events on My Radar

These aren’t necessarily “plans” however they are all amazing events I just may find myself at. – DIRECT AMSTERDAM TO LONDON TRAIN TO START RUNNING APRIL 30 The direct train from Amsterdam to London will officially start running on April 30th, NS and Eurostar announced on Tuesday. The direct connection from Rotterdam to London will follow on May 18th. Tickets go on sale…

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"Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life" by Steven Hyden

Quick Book Review: “Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life” by Steven Hyden

This is really a book about pop culture, and the author has made a pretty good career as a writer on the topic.  Addressing pop culture through these music rivalries was very entertaining.  As a fan of classic rock and alternative music, I really enjoyed the chapters on Oasis vs. Blur, Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton vs. Jimmy Hendrix,…

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"Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink" by Elvis Costello

Quick Book Review: “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink” by Elvis Costello

A long, detailed autobiography by a performer I’ve always liked, even though I haven’t kept up with his career. Elvis’s father was a very accomplished musician, and I enjoyed hearing about Elvis’s musical upbringing, and his early years at Stiff Records and on the punk scene. Elvis has very broad musical tastes, and he describes encounters and collaborations with George…

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Easy Rider Live Radio City Music Hall

“Easy Rider Live” At Radio City Honors The Film’s 50th Anniversary

Excellent night last night at Radio City Music Hall!! Celebrating Peter Fonda and the movie’s 50 years, “Easy Rider” was shown with Steppenwolf singer John Kay and The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn performing the soundtrack LIVE! They were terrific. Great vibe. Great finale, too. “Easy Rider’s” iconic soundtrack includes Steppenwolf classics like “The Pusher” and “Born to Be Wild,” as well…

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