I’m Just Wild About Harry

Jan 15, 2016 | 4585 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 | 6299 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 | 6530 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 »

Marianne Faithfull’s Tears Gone By

Dec 29, 2015 | 4669 Views | 6 Comments

"I slept with three of them and then decided the lead singer was the best bet." That was burgeoning pop singer Marianne Faithfull in 1964, telling New Musical Express magazine that the quickest route to success would be to snag a Rolling Stone -- most strategically, Mick Jagger. What a cocky thing to say, I thought when I first heard this quote as a kid. I'd always wanted to use the British term strumpet, and now was my chance. Why all the fuss about Marianne Faithfull, anyway? Sure, she was blonde, sexy and had a hit... Read More »