New York City residents go to great lengths of time and expense to avoid, or at least mitigate, standing in line for the basics of living in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. That knowledge only serves to underscore the fact that thousands stood in extremely long lines recently in a […]
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Forty-five years ago this month, David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” changed the trajectory of rock music, fashion, and gender social issues in just 38 minutes.
According to the late David Bowie , New York City police discovered that his name was next on a hitlist of targets of John Lennon’s assassin , Mark David Chapman …(more)
Songs on David Bowie’s Station to Station include “Golden Years”,”Stay” (terrific guitars from Alomar and Slick),”TVC 1-5″ ( Bowie said that the unused tune for the Man…Earth soundtrack was about a girl and her relationship with her television),”Wild is the Wind” (as soulful as anything on Young Americans but without the awkward affectation ), and the title song, often cited by post-punk bands including The Cars, Talking Heads, and Gary Numan as a major influence.
By 1975 David Bowie had abandoned the Glam Rock he had virtually invented in the guise of the ego-tripping tragicomic Fallen Rock Star, Ziggy Stardust. Bowie’s mid-decade Young Americans album with the #1 hit “Fame” pointed directly toward Disco’s dominance a mere two years later…
To me it has always been inconceivable that the same producer who recorded the claustrophobically dry close-miked sparse arrangements on David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars , an album which sounded unlike any before it in 1972 and precious few since, could two years later also produce […]
In memoriam: the echoes of David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Chris Squire of YES, & Chris Cornell. Hour one of three.
The late Lou Reed was one of the most formative interviews in my career precisely because his brutal honesty made it so challenging. I could not help but notice that, in his role as host/inteviewer on the cable television series Spectacle, Elvis Costello was literally star-struck when interviewing Lou Reed, who along with John Cale […]
In memoriam: Echoes In the Studio, pt 2.
After World War II the worldwide success of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Cream, and a bit later Led Zeppelin all had a profoundly positive effect on the British self-esteem. All of these predecessors of Def Leppard were almost entirely influenced musically by the blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music of […]