As a budding writer, I found his lyrics amazing, complex, opaque and wonderful (only Roxy Music could compete). The haze of ambiguity around his sexuality was also appealing. His music, of course, wasn't like anything anyone else was playing and each album was wildly unpredictable.
A friend of mine is a really, really big Beatles fan. Quite some time ago I reflected to him that I was not familiar with their music. Sure, I could name some of their more popular songs, but when challenged, that list was limited to about seven songs.
John Lennon was always one of my heroes. I'm damn lucky to have met him. It's a moment I'll never forget. And on a day when everyone is talking about his death, I just figured today was the right time to tell this story to you.
Because his early life and half of his artistic career was so interwoven with the Beatles, I've included several biographies of the Beatles as well, which show the evolution of the group and the interactions of the members, especially the genius writing team of Lennon and Paul McCartney.
At age 56, I get to be a rock star. In an athletic setting. Surrounded by some of the fittest and most motivated people I have ever met. All I have to do is keep showing up and let them watch me go at CrossFit with complete abandon. I have a new set of friends and admirers.
Most discussions about art eventually hit the wall of the argument that "taste is subjective". Nevertheless, in terms of pop music, there is near consensus that the Beatles were the greatest, most important band of all time. This post is dedicated to the minority that is still not convinced.
The double message reverberating through Catherine Duquette's aptly titled Celebrity Bound is where her one-person multimedia show at Daniel Brunet's resurrection of English Theatre Berlin gets its impact.
The Turnback is a power pop/rock band out of Brooklyn, Queens, and White Plains, NY, while The Vagabondz are a throwback rap/ R&B act out of the NYC. They'll likely never share a bill together, but for one day, here we are.
In Elvis Costello's brand new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the brilliant musician/songwriter recalls his childhood affection for the '50s TV hit The Adventures of Robin Hood, wherein a mythic green-clad archer in tights and his "merrie men" roam Sherwood Forest.