13 hours ago | Books
Algren: A Life By Mark Wisniewski 384 pp. $30 Chicago Review Press Nelson Algren really wanted to be a professional writer. Really. Sure, he had graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in journalism and a card he could show to potent...
7 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
Of all the artists who came to prominence during the time of Flower Power, perhaps no one evoked the era, spirit, and outlook more than Donovan. The Scottish troubadour began his musical journey as an earnest folkie in the Woody Guthrie mode ...
12 days ago | Inquiring Minds
The Billboard 200 album chart for the end of June 1997 certainly cut a wide swath of musical performers and styles: The Spice Girls, Hanson, the Wallflowers, Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, No Doubt, Jewel and the Notorious B.I.G. all made the Top ...
21 days ago | Books
Tragedy: The Ballad of the Bee Gees By Jeff Apter Jawbone Press, 272 pp., $19.95 Really, did any act in the rock era have a bigger comeback than the Bee Gees? The mere mention of the band’s name, of course, instantly conjures up the all ...
27 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
By 1983, Ronnie James Dio had served terms (albeit brief) as front man for two of the biggest hard rock and metal acts of the era: Rainbow and Black Sabbath. Perhaps tired of sharing a band vision with strong-willed guitarists (we’re talking to yo...
28 days ago | Blue Notes
Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero By Ed Ward Chicago Review Press, 272 pp., $27.99 There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the life and work of Chicago-bred blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who di...