Music

The “Sunday Soul Sermon”

Swapped out my usual monthly, mid-week, 150-minute show on WGXC for a Sunday evening two-hour special, flexing off my travels and research and interviews for my Wilson Pickett biography. Thoroughly enjoyed...
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Wilson Pickett: A biography

I am happy to announce my next book project: the first ever biography of WILSON PICKETT, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Wilson Pickett with Jimi Hendrix, Atlantic...
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Atomic: A New Musical

Especially, but not limited to those in the New York vicinity, I’d like to recommend Atomic: The Idea That Shook The World, a new off-Broadway musical that our family saw...
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James: La Petite Mort pour toujours

My favorite lyricist is indelibly associated with Manchester, though he doesn’t originally hail from there. His name is Tim Booth and time and time again, over the quarter century-plus that...
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My Date with Keef

It was early 1989, and Keith Richards was on his final day at home before flying off to the Caribbean to record with the Rolling Stones for the first time...
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Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

PREMISE: An accounting of the monumental Memphis record label that exemplified soul music for black and white alike. PROMISE: “The Stax story has been told in bits and pieces in...
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The Story Of Lovers Rock

The other night, scouring the cable channels for something half-way decent to watch, I stumbled on The Story of Lovers Rock, on the Africa Channel. Any outlet for such a...
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A helmet, a Hammond and a podcast on Hunter Mountain

The scene: Hunter Ski Mountain, the express lift to the summit. It’s a Friday, a powder day too, but the mountain is not crowded: the storm has only just subsided...
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