Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Tangled up in blue…

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, July 2014.) New York City, September 1975. Patti Smith is in the midst of recording her seminal first album, “Horses,” a masterpiece of poetic punk rock. On a sunny day, when the light seems right, she and Robert Mapplethorpe create what comes to be […]

You can’t do that in a bookstore!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

At Milwaukee’s Boswell Books, May 21, 2013, Pepperland book launch, The Paperback Writers thrash through a classic Beatles tune. Click above.  

How high the Moon…

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The Fun Stuffby James Wood,340 pages James Wood is one of my favorite critics, The New Yorker, et al. My copy of How Fiction Works from a few years back is beat up and dog-eared. Wonderful.  The opening essay in his fine new collection of pieces about grand writers from Thomas Hardy, Tolstoy, Cormac McCarthy to the […]

Pepperland live at Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap, Chicago…

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Pepper’s DC-10 Dream, on stage in Chicago, April 9, 2013. Sharp-eyed viewers will spot the vintage Big Star t-shirt – doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks to The Seminary Co-op Bookstore and 57th Street Books for a great night in the big city. Rock.

Pepperland, Side 1, track 1…

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Pepperland has 9 “sides”, like, you know, vinyl. We used to call ‘em records. Anyway, each side has “tracks” or episodes. Each Side has a musical theme that, in some way, expresses the feel of what’s going on. Side 1 is the Beach Boys’ Wouldn’t It Be Nice. Two smart, idealistic young people 1970 – Pepper […]