Category Archives: Music

Happy Birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis

There are so many great clips of Jerry Lee Lewis, in his heyday, and even more recently, and there are a few black-and-white clips of him performing that truly makes it clear how radical and out-there and damn near frightening … Continue reading

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I’m So Happy That …

1. the moment below actually occurred … that it wasn’t just dreamt up in some alternate-universe alternate-history story-book and 2. the moment was captured on film. Look at these two men. Beautiful. A perfect clip.

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Revolver stands as a document of a time when all four of The Beatles seemed to share a common vision.”

My brilliant cousin Liam O’Malley (also a musician, you can check out his great band Dr. Mars on iTunes) writes an essay about The Beatles’ Revolver.

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Happy Birthday, Ray Charles

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Close Readings: A QA with Greil Marcus About The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll In Ten Songs

Greil Marcus’ latest book is The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs, a non-chronologically-ordered eccentric book, focusing on 10 songs that Marcus has chosen for his own reasons (reasons which he went into in the QA below). Part … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Hank Williams

“He came to Nashville and he just set this whole world on fire. He was the first one to go to Las Vegas as a country singer, he was the first one in a major hotel in New York City … Continue reading

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You Don’t Own Me

Lesley Gore, performing “You Don’t Own Me”, on the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show, directed by Steve Binder (who also would end up directing Elvis Presley’s phenomenal 1968 “comeback special”). There’s tons of commentary out there about what went down on the … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley’s 1st Ed Sullivan Appearance: September 9, 1956

58 years ago today, Elvis Presley made his first historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. A re-post. In September of 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the first of three appearances over the next couple … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Buddy Holly

Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, Grand Central Station, 1959 Buddy Holly on the Ed Sullivan Show, January 26, 1958 Buddy Holly on Arthur Murray Dance Party, December 29, 1957 Buddy Holly on the Ed Sullivan Show, December 1, 1957 Buddy Holly’s … Continue reading

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Late Summer Shuffle

That is an untouched photo from my day at the beach yesterday. Black sky out at sea, sunshine behind me. The effects were incredible. The water blazing green and silver. The water was warm. The waves were huge. I spent … Continue reading

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