Last week I received an email from The Who. Roger Daltrey is releasing an album next month, a symphonic version of The Who’s seminal album, Tommy, to mark the original album’s fiftieth anniversary. Confession time. I wouldn’t characterize myself as a huge fan of The Who. Yes, I have their entire studio discography, not to … Continue reading A New Symphonic Tommy
This week, Radio 4 broadcast “Burning Both Ends: When Oliver Reed Met Keith Moon,” an hour-long radio play starring Sean Pertwee as Reed and Doctor Who‘s Arthur Darvill as Moon. Burning Both Ends tells the story of one of the most infamous, unexpected and touching of friendships between two icons of the 1970s, Oliver Reed … Continue reading On the BBC’s Oliver Reed/Keith Moon Radio Play
In 1963, when the Beatles agreed to make A Hard Day’s Night, the film, they signed a three-picture deal with United Artists. In 1964, they made A Hard Day’s Night. In 1965, Help! By and large, though, they didn’t like making films. Too much work. And so, when the idea was floated of an animated … Continue reading On The Beatles’ The Lord of the Rings
I felt strangely nostalgic last night. I went to my CDs, flipped through them, and I saw a CD I’d not listened to in a while. A long while. The Who’s Tommy. I bought this CD in 1996. Early in the year, maybe March or April. Charlottesville. Fashion Square Mall, the Sam Goody’s down at … Continue reading On the Wash of Sounds
If you ever wondered how Johnny Cash might’ve interpreted The Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” wonder no more. Bill Kerchin does “Pinball Wizard” in the style of Cash’s “Folson Prison Blues,” and it is marvelous. Besides being weird, of course.
Stolen from Keith, a music meme. List 10 musical artists you like, in no specific order (do this before reading the questions below). 1. The Beatles 2. Carbon Leaf 3. Coldplay 4. Nick Drake 5. Green Day 6. Vince Guaraldi 7. Led Zeppelin 8. Snow Patrol 9. Tom Petty 10. The Who Okay, ten musical … Continue reading On Bands I Like
Steve Roby, Star Trek fan and author of the God-Thing and Star Trek: The Lost Books webpages, has started up his own blog. Steve posts frequently on Psi Phi and the TrekBBS Literature Forum, and I’ve been an avid reader of his posts for the past seven years. I find his writings on Star Trek … Continue reading Who are you?