Music has always been a canvass for storytelling. Around the campfire, in the family room, the coffee shop, or anywhere people gather for entertainment. Stories in song served to pass along events, unite people with common struggles, share cultural experiences, and touch our souls. Folk songs throughout our history told stories common to the American … More Storytellers in Song
Randy Bachman still records and tours in his sixth decade in the music business. He’s gray haired and a bit frail at age 74, although he still delivers as a much younger man performing “Takin’ Care of Business.” On stage, his band all sit on stools, although once in awhile one will stand up when … More Randy Bachman: Takin’ Care of Business
In the early 1970s, several African American women starred in television programs and films. You might thing big deal, but remember, only a few years earlier the first African American actress starred in her own primetime television series. Even more surprising, these young women were portraying strong, action characters. At the time, only a few … More These Amazing Women
Westerns were the ultimate back road film. On television, Route 66 took viewers to small towns, cities in the middle of the country, and along back roads across America. Simon & Garfunkel in their song “America” talked about going to look for America. Easy Rider made a lot of money. Film producers took notice. Movies … More Two-Lane Blacktop Films
The 1970’s was not Paul Newman’s greatest screen decade but it represented his widest variety of work. From a box office perspective, he had two huge hit films, several successful ones and a series of misses. Critically, his films were all over the map. In the 1970’s, Paul Newman did not play it safe. His … More Paul Newman: A Decade of Taking Chances
One word best describes Neil Young: prolific. Not only has he produced a new album about every year of his career, his is busy remastering and releasing his old catalog. Along the way he has dug into his archives to release old Buffalo Springfield demos and alternate takes. He has also reached back into … More Neil Young: His Back Pages
The name might be familiar, it has been part of the Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, but recently, just David Crosby. Crosby, or Croz as he is frequently known, is a survivor of the 1960s, drug addiction, a liver transplant, a stretch in a Texas prison, and the highs and … More David Crosby: Deja Who?
Thirty-eight years after last working together, they are together again in a Netflix produced film called Our Souls at Night. This is the fourth pairing and long overdue. This film did not generate much publicity, stars in their seventies and eighties usually do not, but there were not two hotter stars in the 1970s than … More Fonda and Redford
When I’m 64. Forget 64, how about 75! Rock has not age limits. I could never imagined a Beatle getting to that age. Sadly, two Beatles did not, they passed away much too young. While a lot of Baby Boomers have retired, Ringo, a member of the previous generation, is still going strong. He’s been … More Happy Birthday, Ringo!
Where were you in 1976? Some of you weren’t born but if you were alive then, you heard songs from Frampton Comes Alive! on the radio every hour. The year of our Bicentennial, Frampton Comes Alive! was released in February 1976 and by summer, it was all over the radio and PF was everywhere in … More Frampton Comes Alive!