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Special to the TribuneThriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson By Nelson George Da Capo Press, 241 pages, $24 Michael Jackson is pop culture’s Rorshach text. The third member of pop’s Holy Trinity, according to Nelson George, Jackson attracts more variant...
Tags: Dining and Drinking, Quincy Jones, Music, Surgery, Skin
Dot Records founder Randy Wood was looking for a song for a young Pat Boone to record in 1955 and found it in the Fats Domino hit "Ain't That a Shame?" Except Boone, then an English major, wanted to sing "Isn't That a Shame?" After a few run-throughs,...
Special to the Tribune"AMORE: The Story of Italian American Song" By Mark RotellaFarrar, Straus & Giroux, 320 pages, $26.00 1947 was a splendid year for Italian Americans. For decades, Italian immigrants, especially those from the poorer southern regions, were feared,...
Tags: Connie Francis, Bobby Darin, Music, Joe DiMaggio, Immigration
Pop & HissWith the official release of the remastered Beatles catalog now eclipsed in the headlines by both Kanye West and Susan Boyle, Pop & Hiss persists in asking the musical question: What would go on your Beatles mix tape? Continuing my......
Pop & HissThe first single and title t rack from Adam Lambert's soon-to-be-dropped debut album couldn't be more of an announcement. "For Your Entertainment" strides into the room, snaps its fingers and declares 2010 the year of Our Gorgeously Airbrushed Overlord....
Pop & HissIn a 90-minute concert filled with images of vampires, demons and multi-headed hounds, the most striking imagery did away with B-movie specters. It was late in the evening when Roky Erickson -- once thought to be a causality of the......
Pop & HissThough Mother's Day was last month, the Library of Congress waited until this week to include the late Tupac Shakur's "Dear Mama," in its National Recording Registry. Often cited as 2Pac's most emotionally resonant song, the tribute to his mother......
Pop & HissFor some, the Fourth of July is a good opportunity to re-read the Declaration of Independence, or the writings of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams or George Washington to reacquaint themselves with the spirit behind the nation’s founding. The Hootenanny...
COSTA MESA — The Rock 'N' Roll King of Orange County wants the world to know that after 50 years of alcohol and cigarettes, 10 years of cocaine, five wives, three heart surgeries and a fight with cancer, he's still rocking. Greg Topper, the man who...
Tags: Christmas, Anaheim, Music, Roy Orbison, Costa Mesa
Baltimore Sun reporterKISS at the Verizon Center on Oct. 13. Buckcherry will be the opening act. Tickets go on sale Aug. 29. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers with The Wood Brothers (featuring Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin and Wood) at the...
Phillip Walker Blues guitarist and singer Phillip Walker, 73, a blues guitarist and singer who backed such stars as Etta James and Lowell Fulson, died of heart failure Thursday in Palm Springs, said Marc Lipkin, publicity director for Alligator Records....
Culture MonsterGiven that Aristophanes' 2,400-year-old comedy "The Frogs" ends with a Biggie vs. Tupac-style throwdown between Euripides and Aeschylus over who's the baddest tragedian of them all, it would have seemed ripe for translation into Troubadourese -- the...
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