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Sep 19, 2018

Everybody knows at least one MC5 song – and that would be “Kick Out the Jams,” mofo. Know more? Points to you, my friend. In 1969, the year when “Kick Out the Jams” was released, there was a lot of competition for attention in rock ‘n’ roll:

• David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was released, as was the...


Sep 12, 2018

I won’t lie to you – when I was approached to interview singer Charlene Kaye, the light didn’t go on until I discovered that she frequently collaborates on music with Darren Criss. Criss I recognized – my 14-year-old son and his friends knew him from a 2009 series of viral YouTube music videos known as “A Very...


Sep 10, 2018

It’s not pleasant when a man’s good fortune comes at the hands of another man’s loss. What would you call it when you’re the author of a new book about a Motown act, Diana Ross and The Supremes, that fizzled out more than 35 years ago—but another Motown star of that era, Michael Jackson,  dies the week before...


Sep 9, 2018

I didn’t know anything about James Maddock’s past when his publicist said, “You should check out this guy’s music.” I listened and was drawn immediately to the rhythm, structure—and humor—found in Maddock’s songs on his second album, Sunrise on Avenue C. He’s got a strong handle on sharing his inner...


Sep 5, 2018

Great photographs—whether shot by Ansel Adams or your Aunt Anna—capture a moment in time that people familiar with the moment, the subject or the place can relate to for years to come. And even if you don’t have any familiarity with what’s in the picture, the good ones always relate an emotion, a texture or some...