From The Bystander Effect to Stockholm Syndrome: Sexual and psychological abuse in Rock and Roll cast a 40-year shadow By Suzanne Rush On New Year’s Eve in 1975, Jackie Fuchs (a.k.a. Jackie Fox), just 16-years-old and a member of the all-girl band The Runaways, was drugged by a roadie and then raped in a motel […]
By Armand Lewis Jazz has a rich history of mentoring — notably King Oliver’s mentoring of a young Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker’s mentoring of a teenaged Miles Davis. Davis himself subsequently mentored a number of jazz greats — from John Coltrane to Wallace Roney. But nobody in music has mentored more major figures than […]
Mention Alice Cooper to the average person these days and they’re likely to remark, “Oh yeah, the golfing rock star. Just saw him on TV.” Sadly, what’s missing from that response is any mention of the four other high school pranksters who met in Phoenix, Arizona and formed the seminal band that eventually became one of 1970’s most formidable rock acts, Alice Cooper, the group, the “five ring circus,” the non-stop team collaboration that created the Alice creature.
Chris Morris Writes the Book on a Great American Band By Michael Sigman On May 4, 1980, Los Angeles Reader music critic Chris Morris went to see punk heroes PiL (John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols lineup) at the suitably seedy Olympic Auditorium near downtown LA. Morris and his “plus-one,” a saxophone whiz named Steve Berlin, could […]
Motown The Musical is the American dream story of Berry Gordy, Jr.’s journey from featherweight boxer to record label owner and heavyweight music mogul. By Harvey Kubernik The stage play recently concluded its Broadway run as both a critical and audience favorite and a commercial hit, having recouped its $18 million investment at the end of 2014. Most recently, the First National Tour recouped its $8.5 million dollar capitalization cost in less than ten months on the road. On the heels of a successful run at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood this past June of […]
Take a look at the high end turntable offerings on display at the midewest’s premier high end audio show By Gary Katayama Why would anyone leave the beautiful spring beach weather in Playa del Rey to go to cold and drizzly Rosemont Illinois? Answer: to go to Axpona, the premier high end audio show in […]