A new DVD looks at the cultural precursors precipitating the rise of Brit Rock and the political co-opting of a movement that led to its ultimate decay.
The kids in School of Rock have never heard of Led Zeppelin. Jack White tries to convince them that classic rock is still rebellious and exciting. He might fool those brats, but he ain’t foolin’ Kristy Eldredge.
I find it hard to say much good about Mick Jagger these days. His abysmal solo album and corporate rock antics with the Stones make him the poster child for not aging well. So it’s rather refreshing to come across something he does that is redeeming. I found it in the most unlikely of places, … Continue reading Ideal Happiness is Watching Mick Jagger
8 Mile, Eminem’s cinematic debut, is the hip-hop variation of Purple Rain, a foul-mouthed Karate Kid, a Roadhouse for those too young or hip to remember the ethos guiding that film’s epochal man-against-the-world theme. The film presents its characters’ dilemmas and goals, following them as they try like hell to fight the power and prove … Continue reading 8 Mile Is Worth the Hype
The consensus: girls playing Rock is hot, even if they aren’t really playing rock. The latest in a continuing line of candy cigarette movies that play out like extended advertisements for Clearasil, cutting-edge fashion, and Herbal Essences, Josie & The Pussycats should be commended for realizing that it is exactly that. The film addresses the … Continue reading JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS