Record producer Bob Ezrin talks about his work on such seminal records as Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Lou Reed’s Berlin.
Dancing bears, racist rednecks, junkies in love, prodigal sons, chauvinists, homophobes, theologians, politicians, little criminals, good old boys and God. These are just of few of the fascinating characters in Randy Newman’s richly populated musical world. His songs can be frightening or funny, absurd or heartfelt. But his characters always present some flash of surprising, […]
On November 3, 1956, The Wizard of Oz—a film made and released in 1939 by MGM—made its television debut. CBS paid MGM $225,000, a huge amount in ‘56, for the rights to televise the film and to re-broadcast it if the telecast was a success. And what a success it was, becoming the most-watched film […]
Farewell to Lou Reed, who left this earth on October 27, 2013. What follows is a rare interview with one of rock and roll’s most prolific artists about songwriting, recording, The Velvet Underground and the low bar set by the entertainment industry. Rest in peace, Lou, and thank you for sharing your creative life with us.
Years ago when his friend Bob Dylan told him he was a poet, Petty was flustered. “I couldn’t help feel it was like being told you’re an archer,” he said, “and you know you don’t even own a bow.” His reluctance to consider himself a poet is probably one of the reasons he endures as such an extraordinary and prolific songwriter.