Absolute Beginners first crossed my radar last week when a friend showed me a clip of David Bowie dancing on a typewriter. “Big deal,” scoffed I, a connoisseur of Indian cinema. “Merchant and Ivory did that with Hindi superstars ages ago.”* Discovering that David Bowie could tap dance […]
At LitHub, Summer Brennan writes about Meat Loaf and “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).” “When I saw Meat Loaf’s iconic “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” for the first time on MTV, I had just finished eighth […]
Open Culture offers a “Brief History of Guitar Distortion.” “The sound of rock and roll is the sound of a distorted guitar, but the history of that sound predates the genre by a few years. It started out with blues and Western swing guitarists, searching “for a dirtier […]
After releasing as a solo artist such rock-literary adaptations as 1974’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and the following year’s The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Wakeman turned Orwell’s classic into a rock opera. The 1981 production is […]
Our friends at Neon Harbor talk about about an Egyptian remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Anyab / Fangs (1981) on the latest episode of Deja View.
I never expected to be reading Archie comics. Archie Andrews’ irresistible appeal to ladies mystified me and I came late to an appreciation for soap operas and straight melodrama. Then there was residual stuff around romance, a punk rock hostility towards the wholesome squares, a dash of internalized […]