Actor, director, and artist Dennis Hopper staged performances of British poet Rudyard Kipling’s “If” throughout his career. In Kipling’s original poem, the voice is that of a father offering prudent advice to the son on how to be a man and remain focused in the grip of conflict. The conflict discussed in Kipling’s poem is […]
A film about a struggling artist could be many things: arty, pretentious, too ambitious and above all unfocused. For all its many cinematographic achievements and clever performances, the absurdity of I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, 2007) fell to the weight of its lofty hopes. That film gave a highly-stylized rumination of the six lives, or […]
Today’s Christmas tune is “It Must Be Santa” by Bob Dylan. It’s from his Christmas album, Christmas in the Heart (which is a while lot of fun).
[Editor’s note: 5/21/2014: How Hip Was My Alley has been re-titled Dad, the Times We Had: Baby Boomers in Paradise.] Kenton Crowther’s previous volume, Alleycats and Beatsters, collected the author’s writings built on the Beat Generation and the essence of “hip.” This time out, he casts a wider net; How Hip Was My Alley gathers […]
Whenever Bob Dylan’s 1966 UK Tour is discussed, all we ever hear about is the infamous “Judas” incident from the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. But there were several other dates on the tour and on May 16 (just one day before the Manchester show) Dylan played a concert 30-odd miles away across the Pennines in […]
One of the most important people in music history, Mr. Bob Dylan still stuns music lovers worldwide with his witty rhymes and colorful guitar sound. With his music being the definition of timelessness, now is the perfect time to revisit his early albums and enjoy the raw melodic expression of Dylan’s unchained stream of consciousness. […]
Jimi Hendrix FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Voodoo Child / Gary J. Jucha Backbeat Books / 978-1617130953 / 363 pages I’ve been a listener of Jimi Hendrix’s music for several decades. However, anything beyond the bare basics of his life and career – just facts picked up here and there – remained […]
Bob Dylan reads “The Night Before Christmas” for us. Happy Christmas Eve, everyone.
Got a kid on your holiday shopping list? Want to introduce them to the Beats, modern design, the ’60s, jazz, folk, or rock & roll? Learn about your favorite musicians & places? Or, just give ’em something fun? Check these way cool tomes for tots (and grown-ups, too). Most of these are picture books; a […]
Neal Cassady: a brief biographical sketch Born on February 8, 1926, Neal Cassady grew up in Denver, Colorado. He was the son of a barber who moved the family from cheap hotel to cheap hotel. As a young man, Neal was usually a truant, hanging out in pool halls, hitchhiking, stealing cars, and, finally, landing […]