February 19, 2013 |
Want to learn something new about music mogul Clive Davis ? Well, as of Feb. 19, there's Davis' new book written with veteran Rolling Stone writer Anthony deCurtis, “The Soundtrack of My Life,” which offers 608 pages of reflections by the former head of Columbia, Arista and J Records, and now chief creative officer for Sony Music. That volume is already generating plenty of media interest, in no small part to Davis' revelation that he is bisexual -- a topic that doesn't crop up in another new tome released last month, “Clive: Working for the Man in the Age of Vinyl.” It's labeled “a memoir,” and rightfully so, because despite the placement of Davis' name so prominently in the title, it's really less any sort of analysis or expose about the record industry titan than a soul-searching reflection by author Don Silver, who spent two years in the late '70s and early '80s working for Davis as he was building Arista into a pop and R&B powerhouse after being fired from Columbia.
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February 5, 2013 |
The structure is simple, the guitar riffs basic, the lyrics at best inane, but the Troggs' " Wild Thing" remains a garage-rock classic more than 45 years after its 1966 release made the British group and lead singer Reg Presley international stars. Presley, whose raunchy, suggestive voice powered the paean to teenage lust, died Monday at his Andover, England, home after a yearlong struggle with lung cancer, his agent, Keith Altham, announced. He was 71. Part of the British invasion spurred by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Troggs perfected a simple, hard-driving approach to the three-minute rock song that was miles away from the lyrical art-rock of the Beatles.
January 11, 2013 |
“Rock of Ages,” the Broadway musical that's also been made into a movie starring Tom Cruise, has landed in Las Vegas as the latest in a line of productions to be formatted for the Sin City stage. Its website says the two-hour performance celebrates the "great rock music of the '80s. " It's set along the Sunset Strip and tells the tale of two young people -- Drew (Justin Mortelliti) and Sherrie (Carrie St. Louis) -- who move to Los Angeles in 1987 to pursue their dreams.
December 3, 2012 |
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is getting a new chief executive, with its vice president of development Gregory S. Harris succeeding longtime President and CEO Terry Stewart at the helm when Stewart steps down at the end of this year. Board chair William W. Rowley, who headed a seven-member search committee that began in May after Stewart announced his decision to retire at the end of the year, said of Harris: “His passion for music, his tremendous success as our head of development and his strong track record at the Baseball Hall of Fame provide an outstanding combination of skills that will help drive the continued success of the museum.” Before joining the rock hall in 2008, Harris spent 14 years at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Anyone curious about his rock music credentials need only look back to the 1980s, when he and a partner launched and operated the Philadelphia Record Exchange retail store, where he exploited a lifelong passion for rock, blues, soul, country, folk, punk and other branches of pop music.
September 26, 2012 |
John Cameron Mitchell's rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is making a comeback. An off-Broadway hit that debuted in 1998 and became a cult film starring Mitchell in 2001, the rock musical is scheduled to return for a weeklong run at the Roxy Theatre Nov. 1-7. The play previously appeared at the Roxy in 2006 for a run that starred Donovon Leitch, and Leitch will reprise his lead role as Hedwig. The story of a heartbroken, East German-born glam rocker and victim of a botched sex change that gives the play its name, "Hedwig" became the test case musical for rock fans who claimed to not like musicals thanks to its infectious songs.
September 12, 2012 |
San Francisco's Imperial Teen and funkmaster bassist Thundercat will be among the artists drawing porkpie-hatted connoisseurs of electronic music, indie rock and a grab-bag of other genres to the 14th annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. More than 70 bands and DJs spread across 11 different themed stages and spaces will converge on Colorado Boulevard between Argus Drive and Eagle Rock Boulevard for the event,...