Thursday, April 16, 2020

Review: 'The World of Twomorrows: Celebrating 25 Years of the Future of Fandom'

In his introduction to The World of Twomorrows: Celebrating 25 Years of the Future of Fandom, Mark Evanier rewrites a quote from playwright George S. Kaufman to declare, “If you want to get revenge on a publisher, convince them there’s an audience out there for books and magazines about comic book history.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

And Now for No Other Reason Than It's Awesome, Here's a Selection of Groovy Ads from 'Crawdaddy'!

Perusing some old issues of Crawdaddy, I was less struck by the semi-coherent writing than I was by the groovy ads that started infiltrating "the first magazine that took rock and roll seriously" (according to those far out, groovy hipsters at the NYT) in 1967. Sell outs! 

For your enjoyment, I've selected some of my fave adverts. SEE psychedelic demigod Peter Noone hawk Shure mics to the "in crowd"! SEE a heroin-addicted amplifier! SEE a gopher dancing on an organ! SEE fab period ads for magnificent discs by The Kinks, Pink Floyd, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Laura Nyro, Nazz, and (a-hem) Tiny Tim! SEE them all here just because they're awesome groovy!
May 1967
May 1967

Monday, April 6, 2020

Review: 'On Record 1978: Images, Interviews & Insights from the Year in Music'

Four decades ago, budding rock journalist G. Brown went to work for The Denver Post. Writing for a major daily paper, he got access to an incredible assortment of talent—everyone from The Who to Peter Tosh to Blondie to Black Sabbath to Talking Heads to The Clash to Parliament. Since he was working for The Denver Post and not, say, Punk or even Rolling Stone, Brown’s assignments also included pieces on Barry Manilow, Anne Murray, Chicago, Chuck Mangione, and the like, and his interview questions were apparently of the “So, can you tell me about your new album?” variety.

G. Brown’s new book On Record 1978: Images, Interviews & Insights from the Year in Music is kind of odd. It consists of utterly neutral, 300-word write ups on 200 of the artists he covered in 1978 peppered with quotations from period interviews and illustrated with a welter of B&W press photos. Consequently, On Record 1978 reads like a compilation of press releases. However, as you move from The Cars to Wings to ELO to Rod Stewart to the Bee Gees to Chaka Khan to Linda Ronstadt to ABBA and so on, the books morphs into a fairly pleasing nostalgia balm that basically manages to capture the spirit of 1978 in a shallow nut shell.  
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