Playing Back the 80s (A Decade of Unstoppable Hits) by Jim Beviglia Jim Beviglia – Playing Back the 80s (A Decade of Unstoppable Hits) (Rowman & Littlefield) It’s hard to condense the music of an entire decade into a concrete and meaningful listing. That goes doubly for an adventurous and musically rich era like the 1980s. I could probably easily come up with a list of hundreds of the greatest songs of the decade, so it’s pretty impressive that music journalist Jim Beviglia w
OneRepublic: Live in South Africa ONEREPUBLIC: LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA (2018) Featuring Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Drew Brown, Eddie Fisher and Brent Kutzle. “Don’t Look Down” written by Sam Dunn. Directed by Scot McFadyen & Sam Dunn. Distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment. 119 minutes. Not Rated. OneRepublic rarely gets much credit as a rock band, beyond their fan base. Perhaps because lead singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder is such a terrific commercial pop songwriter, specializin
Goo Goo Dolls – Robby Takac and Johnny Rzeznik Goo Goo Dolls Thinking Outside of the Boxes by Jay S. Jacobs It’s hard to believe that Goo Goo Dolls’ self-titled debut album came out 30 years ago. (Heads up, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.) Of course, back then they were a scrappy punk band in the vein of the Replacements on the Metal Blade label formed by two college students from Buffalo, New York, Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac. That was back in the days when bands could work
Echosmith live at The Barbary in Philadelphia, October 30, 2014. Photo copyright 2014 by Jay S. Jacobs. Echosmith Hanging with the Cool Kids by Jay S. Jacobs The Sierota family, which makes up the buzzworthy new band Echosmith, may not have to worry about being like the cool kids for that much longer. Not when their hit single “Cool Kids” has them topping the charts. The band is made up of three brothers and a sister – guitarist Jamie Sierota is 21, bassist Noah is 18, lead
The Man on the Train THE MAN ON THE TRAIN (2011) Starring Donald Sutherland, Larry Mullen Jr., Paula Boudreau, Graham Greene, Kate O’Toole, Greg Byrk, Samuel Jephcott, Graham Greene, Tony Nardi, Carlo Rota, Martin Katz, Kennedy McGuckian, James Shannon Nelligan, Vasilios Pappas, R.D. Reid and Paula Boudreau. Screenplay by Mary McGuckian. Directed by Mary McGuckian. Distributed by Tribeca Film. 100 minutes. Not Rated. French director Patrice Leconte’s 2002 drama Man on the Tra
B.B. King B.B. King Talking with the King by Ken Sharp B.B. King is championed by pundits as the quintessential blues guitar player. Since his emergence in the Fifties, King, trusty black Gibson “Lucille”” guitar in hand, has wowed audiences with his gritty, expressive voice and spectacular blues guitar playing. He can say more in one note than others can say in a hundred. In recent years, King has received kudos for his high-profile collaborations with rock giants, Eric Clap
Live Aid Live Aid (Warner Strategic Marketing-2004) It’s been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. There is no better example of this than the agonizingly sixteen-hour-long Live Aid broadcast on July 13, 1985 (now available on DVD). The official excuse for the concert was to raise money to feed the starving people of Ethiopia, but the let’s-get-real reason was to witness Western civilization’s most celebrated rock and pop stars perform because they care.
Low Millions LOW MILLIONS EX-FILES BY JAY S. JACOBS It’s never easy to make your own way when your father is a legend in your chosen pursuit. Just ask Julian Lennon, Jakob Dylan and so many others, even if you sound nothing like them, the comparisons will still come. Adam Cohen is in an even weirder position than most. His father is the legendary novelist-turned-song-poet Leonard Cohen, who is revered by critics, but has always been more of a cult artist than a popular one. S