September 27, 2012 |
ROCKIN' female radio DJs like Carol Miller have always been a rare breed. And almost extinct, some would argue, in today's age of YouTube and Spotify. Yet Miller counters in her breezy new autobiography, Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio , that broadcast FM is "the medium that just won't quit. " And this hearty survivor is certainly an apt case in point. Over the past four decades, Miller has charmed millions of rock-lovin' radio listeners - and been courted by several highly visible rock stars - thanks to that sultry smoky voice, uncommonly friendly and easygoing demeanor and deep musical knowledge.
May 9, 1987 |
What's brewing in Encino with the singing Jackson clan? Cola, namely "Jocola," a soft drink packaged by the Jackson patriarch, Joe Jackson. The drink comes in a distinctive red, blue and gold can that bears Joe's signature and the inscription: "Joe Jackson - father of the Jackson entertainment family and renowned entrepreneur - proudly brings you his signature soft drink 'Jocola. "' Rock 'n' roll is a tough business. Take former Jimi Hendrix sidekick Buddy Miles, for example.
February 26, 1986 |
"We took a long, hard look at the cola landscape," Ken Ross, chief spokesman for Pepsi USA, tells me during the final tense hours of Tuesday's long pre-Grammy afternoon. Half the world is relieved to learn that Marcos is finally out. The other half nervously awaits the world premiere of the Don Johnson Pepsi commercial. "There are 20 different colas out there," Ross says forlornly. "It's awfully easy to get lost in the clutter of 20 different colas. " His mind drifts back to 1984, when Pepsi called upon Michael Jackson to lead them out of the cola wilderness.
September 1, 1989 |
In a stadium where Phillies fans once booed future Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, Rolling Stones devotees merely chanted "What the f - - -! What the f - - -!" when the power went out during "Shattered," the third song last night. But the sound and lights were back on within minutes, the only apparent glitch in a spectacular 2 1/2-hour performance at the Vet, the first stop of the Stones' "Steel Wheels" tour of North America. A sold-out crowd of some 56,000 got "Satisfaction," a fireworks display, two giant, inflatable honky-tonk women and some old film clips from the world's best and oldest rock 'n' roll band performing on an elaborately lit stage.
August 16, 1991 |
Nat King Cole has proven elusive to biographers in the past, but in "Unforgettable: The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole" (St. Martins, $22.95), Leslie Gourse gets past many barriers to illuminate the dramas of his personal life. She talked with almost everyone around him, did not use this closeness to cover up the dark parts and, even more happily, found that in the end there was much sunshine. The book is titled after the song that sent its subject back to the top of the charts - a romantic ballad of enduring charm.
July 8, 1989 |
Many are the myths about what happened in rock 'n' roll between Elvis Presley entering the Army (March 1958) and the Beatles playing "The Ed Sullivan Show" (February 1964). One lie, for instance, says no great music was created in those years. But this part of the story is true: There was a deliberate effort to replace the wild, uncontrolled, "dangerous" elements like Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis with Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Jimmy Clanton and other clean-cut, controllable synthetic teen idols.
September 6, 1996 |
AC/DC, ALLY BOYS. CoreStates Center, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. Showtime: 8 tonight. Tickets: $24.50. Info: 215-336-2000. What's a man in his late 30s doing stomping around in knickers, feigning schoolboy temper tantrums? If he's Angus Young, the diminutive, steam-driven guitar powerhouse of AC/DC, he's doing quite nicely, thanks. Twenty years after their U.S. debut, his Australian-based, Scottish-rooted band is still cranking out top-of-the-class, bone-rattling rock 'n' roll.
September 26, 2008 |
Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll is about political history and love and rock music and families and sex and death and passionately held ideologies; it's about cancer and Sappho's poetry and newspapers; it's about the differences between freedom and liberty, between the mind and the brain, between heretics and pagans. In other words, it's about all the important human stuff. As a minor character says, "We're supposed to know what's going on inside people. That's why it's the Ministry of the Interior.
August 31, 1989 |
Jazz authority Chris Albertson has pointed out that the Rolling Stones expropriated "Love in Vain" from a recording made 40 years earlier by blues artist Robert Johnson - "practically verbatim. " It was hardly the first time the Stones had dipped into the copious well of Mississippi blues and other freshets of Afro-American music for both material and inspiration. From the very beginning of their association, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards had shamelessly co-opted the work of American rhythm-and-blues champions, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley among them.
January 3, 2002 |
Sad but true: Philadelphia is not known for its fine rock bands. But if Paul Green's work pays off, expect the Philly rock scene to change sometime soon - when his students are old enough to play in clubs. Green has taken being a guitar teacher to a new level: He's started his own school to teach young people the finer points of rock 'n' roll. Since 1997, the Paul Green Rock School has been a full-time job for Green. Of course, with a degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, what else could he do for a living?