Little Kids Rock is a national non-profit that trains public school teachers in under served neighborhoods throughout the United States, providing students in grades K-12 with free instruments. Their mission is simple: Ensure a children's right to rock!
My father, the songwriter Carl Sigman, was a rational man and his anti-rock screeds had their own internal logic: "It's noise," therefore "it's not music." Ipso facto, "they should call it something else." QED.
Four guys stand under a street lamp, singing their hearts out. That's the iconic vision of Doo-wop/pop groups like The Four Seasons. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys puts a name and face to that image.
Why, why, has Micky Dolenz -- blessed with one of the great voices in pop music history -- recorded so little all these decades? And what had led him to start taking his recording career seriously at this late date?
Whether or not Little Richard invented rock 'n' roll, as he has often loudly and boldly claimed, it's as obvious as the eyeliner around his lips that this son of a bootlegger from Macon, Ga., invented glam rock, way back in the "uptight" 1950s.
Somewhere between ages 50 and 60 many begin protesting, "Don't buy me anything this year--I have all that I need." This, of course, is pure bunk. So pull out your credit cards, print this gift guide, and get out of here.
Squeeze's new album Spot The Difference is a revisit of previous hits and classics. As the title suggests, it's literally hard to spot the difference on many of these songs. Why did they record a project like this?