The Thin White Duke: I Want My Multi-Racial MTV!

Jan 21, 2016 | 1555 Views | 1 Comment

Way to go, David Bowie! In this 1983 clip, the Thin White Duke calmly and politely expresses his disapproval of MTV's policy of not airing the music videos of black artists. He repeatedly challenges Mark Goodman, one of the network's original VJs, who tries in vain to spin his station's ludicrous policy. He says that people in the Midwest would be "scared to death by Prince or a string of other black faces...We're a rock-n-roll station." Bowie wasn't buying any of it! Check out his wry smile at the end of the interview, when he sardonically... Read More »

I’m Just Wild About Harry

Jan 15, 2016 | 4453 Views | 1 Comment

Singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson died 22 years ago today at the age of 52. I couldn't let this anniversary pass without a short tribute to one of my most beloved artists. His first blip on the radar came when John Lennon and Paul McCartney both named him their favorite American artist during a 1968 press conference to announce the formation of Apple Corp. And who could fault their choice? Harry's voice was flawless and sublime. His writing addressed every conceivable human condition. Satire: "Good Old Desk"  (Did you notice the initials?  My old desk doesn't arabesque, in the morning... Read More »

David Bowie: a Warhol’s Warhol

Jan 13, 2016 | 5932 Views | 2 Comments

As we celebrate the artistic contributions of David Bowie following his passing on January 10, 2016, let's not forget that he was as talented and original an actor as he was a musical genius. Between 1967 and 2009 he appeared in 24 feature films and numerous television series, specials and documentaries. Critics praised his acting chops in such films as The Man Who Fell to Earth, Absolute Beginners, The Hunger, and Labyrinth. My favorite Bowie performance was as Andy Warhol in Basquiat. It's a stylish 1996 biopic of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the 1980s graffiti artist-turned-painter who self-destructed under the... Read More »

Fanny: Four Fab Femmes Who Rocked!

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When the name of your band conjures up images of either (1) the human arse, (2) a vaudeville star named Brice, (3) a protagonist from an 18th century erotic novel by John Cleland, or (4) a character from a recurring Playboy comic strip, you might have a bit of a problem being taken seriously. I'm referring to a mostly forgotten early '70s band named Fanny. The thing is, they were taken seriously -- at least for a while. They signed a major record deal (the third all-girl guitar act to do so), scored two top 40 hits, appeared... Read More »

10 Hip Quotient Resolutions Aimed at Enriching Your Reading Pleasure

Jan 1, 2016 | 6405 Views | 5 Comments

It's that time of year when we feel compelled to set ourselves up for failure by making unrealistic resolutions we'll never keep. Once again we will resolve to quit doing all the naughty things we enjoy, heed the advice of gurus named Chopra, Weil, Tolle, and Oz, and embark on new lifestyles defined by words like organic, tantric, mantra, quinoa, and kale. I stopped making self-improvement resolutions a long time ago. Today, as always, I embrace my inner sloth, heed the words of gurus named Lennon, Dylan, Berry and Waits, and enjoy a lifestyle defined by words... Read More »