Category Archives: Music

Sick-Bed iPod Shuffle

I had surgery on Saturday. My mother’s been here helping me. Hopefully my health problem is now solved. Fingers crossed, y’all, I’ve been living with this horrible situation since 2013. And I already had surgery for it in 2010. It … Continue reading

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Love Me Tender, 1956: “And Introducing Elvis Presley”

This article was originally published in Bright Wall/Dark Room‘s issue devoted to Hollywood musicals. I prefer to celebrate Elvis’ life rather than mourn his death. So here’s an essay about Elvis’ much-anticipated film debut in “Love Me Tender” in 1956. … Continue reading

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Powerful Claws Threaten Us: Elvis Presley, 1968

One of my favorite Elvis performances. It’s one for the ages. Elvis Presley performing “Trying To Get To You” during the informal sit-down session section of his 1968 comeback special. There’s a rough raw-ness to these sessions that are not … Continue reading

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Keith Richards on Elvis Presley: “It Was Almost As If I’d Been Waiting For It To Happen.”

From Keith Richards’ wonderful Life: I think the first record I bought was Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally”. Fantastic record, even to this day. Good records just get better with age. But the one that really turned me on, like … Continue reading

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He Shook It Like a Chorus Girl

37 years ago today, Elvis Presley died. Every time he performed, his “soul was at stake.” And so we will always miss someone like that. As Dave Marsh wrote in his Elvis book: There is no explanation. And if one … Continue reading

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Saying Good-Bye to Elvis

Graceland at sunset, 2013, on Elvis’ birthday. Taken by yours truly. Where Were You When Elvis Died? by Lester Bangs The Village Voice, 29 August 1977 Where were you when Elvis died? What were you doing and what did it … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley, Still TCB After All These Years

This year would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday. His death-day is coming up as well, and to commemorate there’s a brand new Elvis stamp. (If you’ve been around a while, you will remember the furor about the first Elvis … Continue reading

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The Mainstreaming of the Crazy: American Bandstand

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand premiered on this day in 1957. Rock ‘n’ roll had exploded into the mainstream the year before, with the stratospheric rise of Elvis Presley, culminating in three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the fall … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong

This is fabulous. And the Duke Ellington quote on the screen before the clip begins … Heart-crack.

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1,000 Strong

I found this very moving, in the middle of a steaming-hot pouring-rainy soup-y muggy day. Fabio Zaffagnini was so passionate about somehow getting the Foo Fighters to come play in Cesena, Italy, that he organized an event called “rockin1000″: 1,000 … Continue reading

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