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Field Notes From the Music Biz: Life at The Trades

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Record World co-owner Sidmore Parnes was a man of his word and a man of few words. After abruptly firing his editor, Mitchell Fink, in the fall of 1972, Sid handed me the job, saying simply, "I assume you're prepared to take over the magazine." I was 23 and had worked there for a year and a half.

Field Notes from a Music Biz Life (Part 1)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Let's start before the beginning: No Brill Building, no me. At the Brill, Manhattan's mid-20th Century citadel of music biz hustle, the elevator man ...

Facebook Serendipity, a Christmas Album and More, Much More

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

I recently Facebook-friended Josh Mills, who reciprocated right away -- because, I assumed, he remembered me fondly from many years ago when we were both music journalists.

The Wonderful World of Irony

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.06.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The 50-year journey of "What a Wonderful World" shows the versatility of pop songs that encourage interpretations far afield from whatever the writers might have had in mind, if indeed they had anything particular in mind.

HuffPost Exclusive: Jim Bianco "Sinners," Plus a Conversation with The Crystals' La La Brooks and PBS Premieres Rock, Pop & Doo Wop

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Presented here is an exclusive HuffPost premiere of the Jim Bianco single, "Sinners," which just might become your new favorite party anthem.

'I'm a Believer': A Playlist for the Late, Great Don Kirshner

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

If you think Kirshner was just some guy who Paul Shaffer impersonated, you would be very wrong. He was a central figure in the Brill Building era that brought the world lots of the most sublime popular music of the 20th century.

From New York to Heligoland: Conversations With Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja and The Hundred In The Hands, Plus KT Tunstall's Video Exclusives Pts. 4 & 5

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Usually Massive Attack's projects are almost like a song cycle. What was the approach while making your the new album, Heligoland?

A Hotel, a Phone Number and a Son

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Sigman

The 15 Penn Plaza plan will bring down the legendary Hotel Pennsylvania. The hotel, built in 1919, has a rich history, an essential part of which is bound up with my father's first hit as a songwriter.

HuffPost Video Premiere: Pegi Young's "Starting Over," plus a Conversation with Jimmy Webb

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Pegi Young -- yes, wife of legendary artist Neil Young -- has a new video of her song "Starting Over" and HuffPost has the premiere of the music clip.

Free Flick Fridays: Grace of My Heart

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tribeca

While Julie & Julia was a joyful duet between Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, the bummer about the film is that it reminds us about what an amazing movie a straight-up biopic of Child would've been.