When Joan Baez stepped onto the stage at one a.m. Saturday morning she was six months pregnant and her draft protester husband was on his way to federal prison. Her set was […]
1975’s Force It has pretty much everything I want in a hard rock album from that era: lots of guitar, boogie rhythms, harmonies, horny lyrics, blah blah blah. You’re not here for […]
“This Is Not America” was not the great David Bowie’s first bit of film music, nor was it his last. That makes sense: Bowie was perhaps the most cinematic musician of the […]
I’ve done a poor job of submitting work this calendar year, mostly because I’m pretty damned happy and busy creating new content for all of you here at Why It Matters. But […]
Bob Dylan’s new album, Tempest, is the thirty-fifth coming according to the music press. The man is officially a national treasure as of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors (similar to a knighthood […]
So this Saturday 10/13 is the big day. The Keep On Stomping chapbooks are ready, the “Keep On Stomping Prints” are ready, the temporary seller’s permit arranged. Wimbot creator Cinder and I […]
Carowinds was to Upstate South Carolina as Six Flags or Great America was to other parts of the country: a big, shiny amusement park full of roller coasters, arcades, and artists trying […]
Phillip Cassadore was the real deal. A distant relative of Cochise, Cassadore was an Apache medicine men and spiritual leader. He dedicated his life to preserving and restoring Apache religion and traditions.
Everybody knows Arlo played Woodstock. His stage patter is one of the highlights of Michael Wadleigh’s documentary (“The New York thru-way is closed, man!”). What you might not know is that the […]
Mefistofele is an 1867 opera from Italian composer Arrigo Boito based on Faust. Didn’t know I was so classy, did you? Spoiler alert: I’m only here for the batshit crazy album cover.