Tag Archives: The Beatles

“Here I was, stuck in the middle of a dying nation with all these funny looking children who didn’t even realize the world was coming to an end, and now on top of everything else they expected me to turn my room into a hippie crash pad!” — Lester Bangs

It’s his birthday today. A lot of ink has been spilled on Lester Bangs, including on this site. My feelings for him are as chaotic as his writing style. There are times I read him and I think, almost wildly, … Continue reading

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“That incident ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens!” — Harry Nilsson

My brother and I have been talking about Harry Nilsson quite a bit these days. He is more of an aficianado than I am, so it’s been fun getting a crash course. My introduction, as pedantic as this may seem, … Continue reading

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2022 Books Read

Some re-reads this year, but a lot of new-to-me authors as well. New novels written by faves. Been a year of upheaval and transitions. I’ve managed to keep up my regular reading schedule. I just don’t feel right if I’m … Continue reading

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After a long break: Let’s iTunes Shuffle

I work from home. It’s a busy job, lots of meetings and Zoom calls, and then there’s my writing work, as well as family stuff and having a personal life, and in the last 3 months I have been – … Continue reading

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Dynamic Duo #32

Paul McCartney and John Lennon, writing “I Saw Her Standing There” together, Nov. 1962, at the McCartney home in Liverpool. Taken by Paul’s brother Mike.

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Stuff I’ve been reading

— This L.A. Times essay about Covid brain fog – and so much more – by Mary McNamara is a WILD ride, but it said a lot of the things I’ve been feeling about … everything, everywhere, all at once. … Continue reading

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Dynamic Duo #31

Stu Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr

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George Harrison on Eddie Cochran

George Harrison, on seeing Eddie Cochran live in Liverpool, March 1960, a month before Cochran was killed: Eddie blew me away. He had his unwound 3rd string, looked good and sang good and he was really getting to be a … Continue reading

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Excerpts from Sonata for Jukebox, by Geoffrey O’Brien

Here’s a strange coincidence. Earlier this year, I read – more like drank up, imbibed, devoured – Geoffrey O’Brien’s “autobiography of his ears” Sonata for Jukebox. In Sonata for Jukebox, an intriguing and hypnotic book, filled with prose that flows … Continue reading

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November 2021 Viewing Diary

The Wire, half of Season 3 This is the busiest time of year in re: film-critic-land, so had to stop my re-watch of The Wire to make room for new releases. I’ll get back to it! All Is Forgiven (2007; … Continue reading

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