Category Archives: Music

On This Day, 1957

Jerry Lee Lewis made his TV debut on the Steve Allen Show. The performance is terrifying. Imagine tuning in and seeing that come out of your screen. It’s Old Testament speaking-in-tongues preacher, and it’s leering sex maniac on the loose. … Continue reading

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Music Soothes the Savage Beast

… not entirely, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Look at these two beautiful geniuses.

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Happy Birthday, Judy Garland

It is interesting that earlier today I posted on Bjork’s gestures in her “Black Lake” video. Because today is Judy Garland’s birthday, and (along with Elvis Presley and John Wayne), she is the Master of Gesture. Every moment full, every … Continue reading

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Björk’s “Black Lake”

If you have 10 minutes … check out Björk’s video for “Black Lake,” an unbearably sad song about living in the aftermath of a relationship that has died. A while back, last year maybe, I read an interview with Björk … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dean Martin

From Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, by Nick Tosches. Getting to the heart of it all. His schoolmates had never really known him. Even his loving family could not tell for sure what lay within this … Continue reading

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Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” in ASL

Interpreter: Shelby Mitchusson. I found this really moving and exciting. Her signing captures the exhilaration of the original song. It’s interesting too to watch it with the sound off. You still get the whole story. I enjoy her sign for … Continue reading

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Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney Saw Her Standing There

The sound quality isn’t great, but … I think I just came. Happy weekend! 1. This is my favorite Beatles song. Yes, it’s hard to choose, but this one is the clear winner for me. I made my choice at … Continue reading

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I’m not really a fan of contemporary country. It’s too squeaky clean with that tinge of resentment (“I drive four-wheel drive, you latte-drinkin’ Yankee” “I buy my underwear at Walmart and look just as good as them models …” Hm. … Continue reading

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R.I.P. B.B. King

Two “King”s. Backstage at Ellis Auditorium, Memphis. Legendary bluesman B.B. King has died at the age of 89. A long life and a six-decade career. He toured constantly, almost up until the very end. The news had come that his … Continue reading

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A Rock Star, His Mother, and His Underwear. 1956.

For Mother’s Day. Elvis Presley, Gladys Presley, 1956. Memphis. Photo by Alfred Wertheimer.

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