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Metal

I have to say, with apologies to my children, that I'm not crazy about the music known as metal, formerly heavy metal, more recently new metal, punk-metal, metalcore, grindcore, and other semantic subdivisions on and on into the distance, a…

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The Man in the Irony Mask

The title comes from an article written by Natalia Ilyin, and it doesn't even really fit the subject here. But it's so good I just had to use it I went to a Christmas show the other night, a…

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Hip-hop? Poetry?

An article in a recent issue of the New Yorker argued for the acceptance of rapping as a form of poetry. This is nothing new - people have been making the point for as long as hip-hop's been around -…

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John Lennon

I don't know why the public marking/marketing of John Lennon's 70th birthday should take me by surprise, but it did. The date is not incised on my memory, but still. His status as modern society's "apostle of love" is the…

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O! Ever-Descending Cultural Slide!

The most talked-about, presumably most popular, song of the year is entitled "F*** You." Let's let that sink in. A teenage couple on their first date, college students discovering real adult love for the first time, new parents out for…

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Mary, Don't You Weep

I listened to the Swan Silvertones' "Mary Don't You Weep" this morning, several times. I was alone, so I could turn my head and snap my fingers without self-consciousness, one of many things I envy in black people O!…

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Yippees and Birthers

Here's something I submitted to another publication I may feel like the oldest person in the world sometimes (when a student expresses amazement that I saw Led Zeppelin play the night men first walked on the moon, for example)…

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"A Freewheeling Time"

I got a good book out of the library the other day, the new memoir by Suze (pronounced Susie) Rotolo, who is required to go through life remembered chiefly as the 19-year-old girl walking arm-in-arm with Bob Dylan on the…

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The Triple Door

The Triple Door is a big deal - proscenium arch, monitors set flush in the stage floor, a lighting director asking how much fog you want from the fog machine, a stage manager with a headset taking you to your…

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YOU KNOW

YOU'RE TOO OLD TO PLAY GIGS WHEN It becomes more important to find a place on stage for your fan than your amp. Your gig clothes make you look like George Burns out for a round of golf. …

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A Short Story

She was nubile, perhaps not as nubile as she once had been. But a man could give her a baby if he wanted to. She was dressed simply enough that he had to look at her feet to determine her…

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Kline's Gallery

It was a steamy night in Lambertville Saturday. For once I didn't fret about the size of the audience. If there had been any more people they'd have rubbed against each other uncomfortably. As it was, both of my brothers…