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How The Beatles (Almost) Destroyed My Sanity

In the beginning, I’m just like any other teenage girl… Mid-January 1964:  Somebody at school mentions a band called The Beatles. Yuuch. They sound like bugs. Our January 31, 1964 Life Magazine issue is delivered to our house in Queens, NY. Their pictures are on

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High Art, Low Art, and 10cc: The Bubblegum Connection

“Highbrow” and “lowbrow” are terms that seem increasingly fuzzy to me lately. But if we choose the right examples, the division is still there. Grand opera vs. Disney pop. The latest Werner Herzog film vs. Bewitched. Lucian Freud vs. the design on my cereal box.

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Pastry Chef Pichet Ong Is Sweet on Duke Ellington and João Gilberto

If Pichet Ong’s face looks familiar that’s because you’ve probably seen him on Martha Stewart Live, and Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef America, and Top Chef: Just Desserts. This guy definitely makes the rounds. He’s also a two-time nominee for the Outstanding Pastry Chef award from

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The Rolling Stones Are Total Exhibitionists

Remember when Chuck Klosterman’s New York Times article entitled “Which Rock Stars Will Historians of the Future Remember” stirred up all that heated discussion last year? The Beatles, Elvis, Dylan, Chuck Berry…all had their outspoken advocates. Now, somewhat belatedly but persuasively, “Exhibitionism” — a new

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If You Like ’80s Synth Pop…

It’s no secret we tend to romanticize, even fetishize, the past. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, not quite two decades into rock and roll, as psychedelia and prog rock continued to take fans further “out there,” a wave of nostalgia for the genre’s

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