4 items from 2014
Those two Rochester radio hosts I mentioned yesterday have officially been fired. Cue the “What about free speech” bullshit.
It was a big day for Harvey, who would have celebrated his 84th birthday today. His Forever Stamp was officially unveiled in Washington, with Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Nancy Pelosi attending (and that’s Mary Lambert on the left.
In case you missed last night’s Season Finale, here’s the climactic scene. »
A rock icon gets a fine (not to mention finely named) tribute in “Super Duper Alice Cooper.” This cinematic bio of shock rock’s founding father ultimately traces a somewhat standard rise/fall/redemption arc, with the major drama provided by the subject’s already well-known battles with drink and drugs. But it’s his and other participants’ lighthearted amiability that sets the tone for a flashback told entirely through archival visuals (and a latter-day oral history). This enjoyable ride, currently playing short runs and one-off dates in several countries including the U.S., U.K and Canada, should — like Cooper himself — appeal to aging-boomer original fans and also those who came to him via later performers he greatly influenced. Home format sales should be brisk in many territories.
First introduced to the flattering roar of the crowd when spoofing the Beatles for a school talent show, Phoenix pastor’s »
- Dennis Harvey
This competent but underwhelming portrait of the 70s/80s rock star sticks to the usual wave-graph structure of a thousand other rock bio-docs: the subject starts from humble origins, rises to the top, declines due to substance abuse and ego issues, and ends up finding fame and happiness at last through sobriety, comeback concerts and managing not to die. All that's missing is the obligatory footage of a Hall of Fame induction. That said, the often snake-draped Cooper has always been a charismatic presence who gives good quote, and even if the music hasn't aged well bar the big hits like Eighteen and School's Out the film makes a persuasive case for his influence and appeal. Borrowing from the visual playbook of the Robert Evans-centred doc The Kid Stays in the Picture, »
- Leslie Felperin
All the young acts love Elton: Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Emile Sande and Miguel are among the artists who will appear on a covers version of Elton John’s seminal “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” The album, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, will be reissued on March 25 on CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl and in a box set featuring lots of goodies, including “Live at Hammersmith 1973” on CD, and a 100-page hardback book with new interviews with John and co-writer Bernie Taupin. The deluxe and box set versions will include the Covers disc. Peter Asher produced the new »
4 items from 2014
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