Neil Diamond: He Is, He Said

Jan 24, 2012 | 2222 Views | 7 Comments

The protagonist in the movie "What About Bob" attributes his failed marriage to this time-tested rule:  "There are two types of people in the world -- those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't. My ex-wife loves him." Well, despite the fact that Neil Diamond is sometimes rebuked by rockers for his symphonic serenades, I'm proud to say I'm a fan.  He wrote some of the most memorable pop songs of the 1960s, including "Cherry, Cherry,"  "I'm a Believer," "Solitary Man," and "Cracklin' Rosie."  And he's a good sport, too, appearing in movies ("Saving Silverman") and... Read More »

‘Scuse Me, While I Kiss This Guy

Nov 27, 2011 | 1774 Views | 1 Comment

Oh, Jimi Hendrix! Why did you have to swallow those 9 sleeping pills, suffocate in your own vomit, and deprive us of many more years of power-charged electric rock? You would have turned 73 years old today. We can only imagine what contributions you would have made had you not expired at age 27 in a London apartment. Had you lived, you might have experimented with myriad musical genres and collaborated with all types of people - from country artists to rap stars. In time, you would have moved beyond the guitar-smashing, guitar-burning gimmicks, stopped using your... Read More »

Back to School with Alice Cooper

Aug 14, 2011 | 1677 Views | 1 Comment

What a treat for a Scorpio girl born in the Season of the Witch! On August 12, 2011, I experienced Alice Cooper live in concert for the first time - just five  months after his induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. It’s no surprise that my childhood love of all things ghoulish - from Vincent Price and Peter Lorre to Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi - would lead to an inevitable attraction to Alice Cooper and his spooky stage show. When his School’s Out LP debuted in 1972, I was a gawky 8th grade girl, wasting... Read More »

Draggin’ the Line with Aging Pop Stars

Jul 24, 2011 | 1650 Views | 0 Comments

On July 22, 2011, I had the pleasure of seeing two major pop/rock acts from the 1960s -- The Young Rascals (now known as Felix Cavaliere and the Rascals) and Tommy James and The (new) Shondells -- at the Chautauqua Institution, that venerable adult education center that began as a camp for Sunday school teachers in 1874! Felix started the night with a lively set of the Rascals hits, such as Groovin’, I’ve Been Lonely Too Long, People Got to Be Free - and the big hit - Good Lovin’. He engaged the audience in some spirited singalongs... Read More »

My Fifteen Minutes of Fame – in Bulgaria

Aug 1, 2010 | 1847 Views | 2 Comments

If we all experience what Andy Warhol called our "fifteen minutes of fame," I had mine in Bulgaria, a small Balkan nation I visited six times in the early 1990s. As a Westinghouse PR manager it was my job to inform the Bulgarian media of my company's capabilities related to the country's nuclear program. I knew nothing about Bulgaria when I first visited in 1991.  And, I soon learned, Bulgarians knew nothing about Westinghouse, as well.  It was my mission to inform them, but it wouldn’t be easy.  I survived tricky press tactics, highway breakdowns, dreary... Read More »