I'll let you know right now, the chapter on the L.A. Hair Metal scene of the 1980s that wrought Van Halen, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Poison, et al, is one of the most fun and ultimately, maybe the most poignant.
How can I enjoy this movie -- when I have such disdain for so much of its music? And yet I did. I had a lot more fun watching Rock of Ages than I expected to; I also resented how much I enjoyed it, as a light, funny spoof of a bygone era.
Eeven with its carnivalesque reversal of values, heavy metal is a conservative art form. The stress on dark elements in biblical apocalyptic language here contributes to a forceful and emotively charged call for peace.
Although it seems that Paul Simon has been on the road frequently over the last few years, his latest tour seems much more date-packed as he heralds his latest and one of the best albums of his career, So Beautiful Or So What.
I rode a teenage elephant through the Thai jungle, partied till dawn from Ibiza to Reykjavik, and joined a Buddhist monk meditation ceremony as thousands of lanterns were released into the sky. Most of these trips were free.