May 19, 1995
London -- This could be 1959.Wembley Arena is packed. The crowd is dancing in the aisles like it's a sock hop. And on stage, Richard Wayne Penniman, Little Richard to his fans, is bashing the piano and shrieking, "Lucille."It doesn't matter that most of the audience has gray hair. And it doesn't even look the least bit peculiar that Little Richard, now 62, has to be helped atop the piano by some kid with a guitar.All that matters is the music."What you hear on the radio now is, bang-bang, rap," says Tegwen Denslow, a 55-year-old housewife who was chauffeured the concert by her 19-year-old son. "The old-time music is real music."
December 5, 2008
In the 1950s and '60s, American Jews and blacks had two glorious, complex and sometimes-fractious partnerships: civil rights and recording rights. Writer-director Darnell Martin goes for the throat of this killer subject in the scintillating Cadillac Records. Adrien Brody plays Leonard Chess, the Jewish founder of Chess Records who made the Cadillac his label's car of choice. In the 1950s, he put Muddy Waters and then Chuck Berry on the nation's turntables, and paid Alan Freed and other DJs to put them on the air. Thus did Chess, Waters, Berry and Freed invent rock 'n' roll.
June 7, 1994
Originality really is overrated, particularly in rock. That's not to say fresh ideas have no place in the music -- obviously, they do, else everything would still sound like Elvis and Chuck Berry -- but let's face it. Whenever adjectives like "radical" and "innovative" are bandied about, most pop fans begin to suspect that something awfully unlistenable lurks in the wings.By rights, then, being unoriginal ought not seem such a great sin. Yet no sooner did Stone Temple Pilots make a dent in the alternative rock market than the band was pilloried for being overly imitative -- or, more specifically, for having stolen Pearl Jam's sound lock, stock and barre chord.
April 19, 2012
Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at the age of 82, is rightfully being hailed as a pioneer of popular culture. And that's fair enough. In the 1950s, '60s and '70s, the reach of his daily"American Bandstand"show and his myriad prime-time special productions was enormous. He was one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, particularly in terms of his perceived ability to deliver a white, suburban, teenage audience to advertisers. His power was all the more valued on Madison Avenue because he was one of TV's first personalities associated with teen viewers at the very time that advertisers first started conceiving of teens as a lucrative audience with disposable income in its own right.
July 6, 2011
Concerts Live and local The Columbia Village Centers Courtyard Concert Series continues with Ellis Woodward playing folk rock Thu., July 7, 6 p.m., at the Dorsey's Search Village Center. The Dave Chappel Band performs blues-rock Fri., July 8, 6 p.m., at the River Hill Village Center. Gary and the Groove plays "good time rock 'n' roll" July 8, 11:30 a.m., at the Kings Contrivance Village Center. Lone Mountain will perform bluegrass July 8, 6 p.m., at the Harper's Choice Village Center.
January 29, 2006
Can you fathom any scenario where the Orioles would grant Javy Lopez's request - given to The Sun through his agent - for a three-year contract extension? For a 35-year-old catcher who might be forced to learn a new position? Me neither. The Orioles aren't finding much of a market for Lopez, and they'd like to keep his bat. But Ramon Hernandez is the starting catcher, which would leave first base for Lopez if he could handle it. He also could be used as the designated hitter, though he loathes that role.