July 4, 1999
As Robert Hilburn strains to find some mythic connection between the legacies of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to justify their joint shows ("They Are a Rock," June 20), he completely sidesteps the obvious that these two boomer icons stand to sell more tickets touring together than separately. He also indulges in some loopy revisionist pop culture history along the way. For instance, I'd love to hear Joni Mitchell's response (or Van Morrison's, for that matter) to his assertion that of all Dylan's touring partners, only Simon's oeuvre is of equal stature.
April 9, 2014 |
Movie buffs and motorcycle fans can conjure memories of a 1991 Hollywood blockbuster -- starring California's former governor -- at a new exhibition at a Milwaukee museum. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is the name of both the film and the display that opens Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum . At its core is a time-worn Fat Boy Harley ridden throughout the movie by actor and later California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film also starred Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the story about a cyborg (Schwarzenegger)
August 27, 2009 |
Rock 'n' roll is in the air this weekend as the American Cinematheque screens a Frank Zappa double feature: 1971's "200 Motels " and 1979's " Baby Snakes" tonight at the Aero Theatre. And on Friday the Aero will show a new 35-millimeter print of director Michael Wadleigh's cut of his 1970 Oscar-winning "Woodstock ," with an introduction by Hal Lifson, pop culture historian and author of "1966! The Coolest Year in Pop Culture History." www.americancinematheque.com 'Night Flight' salute Meanwhile, the Don't Knock the Rock 2009 festival winds up tonight at the Silent Movie Theatre with a tribute to "Night Flight," the seminal late-night show from 1981 that included music videos, short films, cartoons, interviews, concerts and cult movies.
August 18, 2001
In Roger Catlin's "A Rock-Solid Case for 1966" (Aug. 3), he makes the assertion that this was the most influential and creatively dominant year in rock music history. I couldn't agree more, and would like to take this a step further, by proclaiming 1966 as the most significant and creative year in pop culture history! On TV, we were introduced to "Batman," "Star Trek" and "The Monkees," all of which became national phenomena, lasting in popularity more than 35 years now. (Let's not forget "The Green Hornet," which marked Bruce Lee's entrance to pop culture.
August 14, 2012 |
Actor Ron Palillo, who died early Tuesday morning of a heart attack at age 63, will be remembered by a generation of Americans as Arnold Horshack, the whiny-voiced lovable loser he played on the hit ABC sitcom, “Welcome Back, Kotter,” from 1975 to 1979. Although Horshack was not a star student, he was undeniably a nerd. With his gawky frame, distinctive hyena-like laugh, and habit of exclaiming “oooh, ooooh, oooh” while insistently raising his hand in class, Horshack ranks alongside Screech, Urkel and Sheldon Cooper as one of the most beloved geeks in pop culture history.
November 27, 2006 |
Who's been the most lucrative creative force in Hollywood in this short century? You could make an argument for Stan Lee, the irrepressible P.T. Barnum of comic books who, in the 1960s, put pen to paper and came up with Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the Hulk -- a colorful parade of properties that in the last six years has grossed $1.6 billion at the box office.