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  • Carole King memoir reviews

    Carole King memoir reviews
    Carole King's new memoir, "A Natural Woman," was released today, and she's making the rounds wuith television and radio interviews. The book chronicles her rise from a New York childhood influenced by music, to her discovery of rhythm and blues on the...
  • Amy Winehouse and the 'girl group' sound

    Amy Winehouse and the 'girl group' sound
    When Amy Winehouse's album "Back to Black" first appeared on American charts, I was teaching the History of Rock at Johns Hopkins. Given my focus on the history of musical genres, I was immediately struck by her innovative use of the past. Ms. Winehouse...
  • TV Picks: 'Drunk History,' 'William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine'

    TV Picks: 'Drunk History,' 'William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine'
    "Drunk History" (Comedy Central, Tuesdays). Derek Waters and Jeremy Konners' anthology comedy, Internet-born and cable-polished, returns for a second season on Comedy Central. The premise is a process and the process is this: A person, typically a...
  • Gil Friesen dies at 75; longtime president of A&M recording label

    Gil Friesen dies at 75; longtime president of A&M recording label
    A&M Records spent much of the 1960s, '70s and '80s as one of the leading independent labels in the music business, buoyed by a remarkably consistent string of hits from superstar acts, beginning with label co-founder Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and...
  • Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor

    Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
  • Review: Carole King reveals the story behind 'A Natural Woman'

    Review: Carole King reveals the story behind 'A Natural Woman'
    My favorite scene in Carole King's long-awaited "A Natural Woman" comes near the beginning — appropriately, since the teen hitmaker was the epitome of an early starter. The high school student born Carol Klein had just signed a recording contract...
  • Dick Clark dies at 82; he introduced America to rock 'n' roll

    Dick Clark dies at 82; he introduced America to rock 'n' roll
    Dick Clark, the youthful-looking television personality who literally introduced rock 'n' roll to much of the nation on "American Bandstand" and for four decades was the first and last voice many Americans heard each year with his New Year's Eve...
  • 'Grease' gets back its original Chicago grit — and goes back to Taft High School

     
    “The Original Grease,” currently in previews, opens May 1 at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets are $45-$50 at 773-409-4125 or www.atcweb.org TOURING THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD: Actors Kelly Wilson (as Sandy) and Adrian Aguilar...