Lollapalooza: the great granddaddy of music festivals. Or would that be Woodstock? Or Monterrey? Or Newport? Maybe Lolla is just the weird uncle of music fests. Who’s not even that weird anymore. Lolla is your uncle whose basement used to smell funny, but now he’s just a regular old guy who wears golf shirts. Or … Continue reading Looking back at Lollapalooza 2012
The return of post-Ozzy Sabbath featuring Ronnie James Dio. Better than you’d think.
On the 26th anniversary of his death, we link to a of bunch of his classic pieces for Creem.
How Black Was My Sabbath – “Twelve homesick hours with the dark princes of downer rock” from Rolling Stone in 1971: “They’re dynamite, man. They’re what’s happening. They got it together, they’re a cool group. I dig ’em, man, they’re bad.”
You must read this brilliant article about the connection between Sabbath’s album, Heaven and Hell, and its effects on twenty years of economic history. It’s hysterical. Here’s a taste: I began to realize the hidden message behind this record. It wasn’t drug use, violence or satan-worship, as many protective mothers would have you believe. Instead, … Continue reading The Prophecy: Black Sabbath and the American Economy
It sounds like the Hanson boys are getting hip on us now. Check out this quote from an article on rollingstone.com: “There’s more reckless abandon on this record,” says Taylor [Hanson]. “A sense that we’re not gonna over-think things. I wanna leave space for people to hear the parts, the grit of the guitar or … Continue reading Hanson: It’s Just Good
Check out this letter to the editor from the July 6, 1972 issue of Rolling Stone: I can’t help but notice that nearly every time you mention Detroit, it’s some sort of put-down. I wish you wouldn’t pass judgment on an entire city. Not everyone around here holds John Sinclair as his savior, or spends … Continue reading Smartass Motor City Punks