Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
5 days ago | Books
The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s By Greg Prato 296 pp. $22.95 Jawbone Press Of all the “retro” music movements that have seen songs and musicians gain newfound popularity decades after their initi...
22 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
You would think that a band whose members were barely out of high school - but had the No. 1 song in the entire country - would be able to celebrate without restriction. That achievement happened for the Buckinghams in February 1967 when their two...
23 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
As the co-founder, principal vocalist/songwriter, and keyboardist for classic rock warhorse group Styx, it was a shock to fans when Dennis DeYoung was ousted from the group in 1999 for (take your pick) medical, personal, and/or creative reasons. B...
1 month ago | Concerts
The soul music of the ‘60s that was laid down in recording studios like Stax in Memphis, Tennessee and FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound in Muscle Shoals, Alabama has inspired a lot of artists in the ensuing decades. And many of them have tried their o...
2 months ago | Tech
Artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is of course best known for his Impressionistic paintings. But if he were toiling as an animator in 2017, his work might just look like what’s in the groundbreaking new film about him and his tragic life. Loving...
2 months ago | Books
It’s a scenario that will play out time and time again in bookstores across the United States this holiday season: Conservatives will purchase tomes by conservative authors for their conservative friends to give as gifts. And liberals will buy tre...