My main beat is early rock and roll / classic rock / punk / new wave / 60s-90s. Contributor to WOMEN WHO ROCK & WOMAN WALK THE LINE. Working on WHY PATTI SMITH MATTERS, out in 2021.
Blinded by the Light should probably have been called Badlands, because it embodies the song’s key lyric: “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.” The film, which was adapted by screenwriter and director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), gleefully and unironically feels like living inside a Springsteen song, complete with angry fathers, dead-end towns, young love—hell, there’s even a dying factory.
The story draws loosely from screenwriter Sarfraz Manzoor’s 2007 memoir Greetings From ...
Fifty years after the three-day concert made rock’n’roll history, a gargantuan, 38-disc set attempts to tell the full story of the event for the very first time.
The mythological status of 1969’s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival can sometimes feel overpowering. The festival is the ultimate expression of the 1960s. Moments from the three-day concert have crystallized as symbols of the era, with details like Richie Havens’ acoustic prayer for freedom, Roger Daltrey’s fringed leather vest, or J...
In 1974, a random phrase popped into Bruce Springsteen’s head as he was writing, one that seemed to match the music he was hearing in his mind. It took Springsteen six months to turn that phrase, “Born to Run,” into a song, and it was a watershed moment for his work: the first time he wrote a song with the studio in mind rather than how it would sound onstage.
Sam Moore and Dave Prater, otherwise known as the legendary Stax duo Sam & Dave, will be honored at the 2019 Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Joining Moore and Prater in the Lifetime Achievement class will also be Black Sabbath, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, and Dionne Warwick. These awards are part of the Recording Academy’s “Special Merit Awards” (AKA the category best understood as, “These artists have not won suff...
On the occasion of the release of U2’s 14th studio album, Songs of Experience, it is worth noting how remarkable it actually is that this band has remained a going concern for over 40 years, since Larry Mullen Jr. put up a notice at Mount Temple Comprehensive School: “Drummer seeks musicians to form band.”
Easter embraces and rebukes rock’n’roll. It’s a love letter and a break-up letter all in one, the album that brought Patti Smith fame, the rebirth of her career, and her most controversial song.
END OF THE LINE FOR THE U.S. TUNNEL OF LOVE EXPRESS: All aboard for the final Tunnel performance at MSG, 5/23/88
When Bruce Springsteen decided to go on the road with the E Street Band to tour for Tunnel of Love, he knew that he didn't want to ride in on the coattails of Born in the U.S.A., and he knew he didn't want to be a nostalgia act.
SPRINGSTEEN'S LIVE ARCHIVE GETS A HOLIDAY BONUS: Santa Claus brings No Nukes 1979 to town — both nights, full sets
At about 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979, Reactor 2 at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor experienced a failure that led to a partial meltdown. This was (and still remains) the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating history. The following month, 65,000 people would march in a protest against nuclear energy in Washington, D.C.; Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and John Hall would form Musicians United For Safe Energy (M.U.S.E.) and announce two benefit concerts that would take place at Madison Square Garden in September.
Live Review: The 12th Annual Stand Up For Heroes With Bruce Springsteen, Eric Church, Seth Meyers, Jon Stewart
Stand Up For Heroes
Featuring Jimmy Carr, Eric Church, Seth Meyers, Jim Gaffigan, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Special Guests
At most benefit performances, the shout outs from the stage are at celebrities, actors, models, musicians -- but at Stand Up For Heroes, the props are given to veterans, active duty military, and a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
At Stand Up For Heroes, the evening usually begins with Bob and Lee Woodruff welcoming the donors and the honored guests, both active duty and veterans of the US armed forces. This year, they weren't onstage for more than a few minutes before Bob Woodruff gleefully announced, "Bruce is back!"
AIN'T NOBODY HERE FROM BILLBOARD… BUT YOU ARE: Live archive series returns to the Roxy for a Born to Run-era showcase
When Bruce Springsteen, one of rock 'n' roll's greatest performers, finally released a live album in 1986, the opening track — the first song that your average music fan was presented with as an initial impression — would be a bare-bones version of "Thunder Road."
50 years ago, on Halloween, the MC5 stepped onstage at the Grande Ballroom in their hometown of Detroit and performed a concert that would become their debut album, Kick Out The Jams. This weekend, the Wayne Kramer-led tribute to his former comrades, touring as MC50, returned to the scene of the crime with two sold-out shows in the Motor City: Friday night at the 1,000-capacity St. Andrew’s Hall, and Saturday night at the 2,888-capacity Fill...