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David Geffen

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Five Insult Songs That Predate Getting "Dissed"

    Some people find insults coarse, base and a sorry excuse for invective from the intellectually feeble. I call those people "bloggers who read the comments section." But seriously, a good insult is a work of art. If you don't believe me, well, "I do desire we be better strangers," (Shakespeare). Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Linda Ronstadt's Bittersweet Book of "Dreams"

    Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir By Linda Ronstadt Simon & Schuster, 256 pp., $26 Linda Ronstadt hasn't made a solo record since 2004, graced a concert stage since 2009, and while doing advance interviews for this book announced that she suffers from Parkinson's Disease. More than likely, she won't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    New Eagles Doc Shows Feathered Friends Didn't Always Have Peaceful Easy Feelings

    History of the Eagles Jigsaw Productions, 3-DVD, $34.99 Originally shown as a two-part special on Showtime earlier this year, History of the Eagles arrives for home consumption in a variety of formats. The most user (and wallet)-friendly is this 3-DVD version that also includes a bonus disc of hig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Cavern and the Top 10 Iconic Rock Clubs In History

    Last week back in 1957, the most famous rock club in England opened in Liverpool. There was absolutely no rock and roll on the bill that night. The Cavern Club was originally opened to mimic the cellar jazz bars that owner Alan Synter visited in Paris. There was a strict jazz-only policy in place ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2012

    Dust Off Your Flannel

    Does the looming '90s revival presage a Nirvana-style breakthrough?

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Burn! Music's 12 Best Insults & Jabs

    One of the not-so-fun things in the world is to get insulted or, in the words of Kelso from That 70's Show, get "burned." Now, let's imagine what it would be like to be insulted by some musician on one of their albums -- that "burn" I can only imagine was magnified by a million. Nevertheless, som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    5 Intentionally Bad Albums By Geniuses That Really Aren't So Bad

    If there's one thing artists hate, it's record labels. Like managers, they were a necessary evil for the music business throughout much of the previous century, at least until piracy and digital uploading became a thing. The way it worked in the olden days, though, was that a record label would giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Sex and Spacemen: The Weirdest Christmas Songs We Could Find

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayI want to believe.​Just the other day, Rocks Off sat at the computer, blank-faced and still, the cursor blinking uninterrupted. See, normally at this time of year, we come up with a list of depressing Christmas songs. This year, though, there was a proble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Becoming Elektra: Stooges, The Doors And Much More

    ​Becoming Elektra: The True Story of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label By Mick Houghton Jawbone Press, 304 pp., $29.95 While most of today's major record companies are run by men in suits answering to a corporation rather than men of vision answering to their whims, there was a time in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    "We're Ashamed The President Is From Texas" And Other Acts Of Career Suicide

    Seven years ago this week, the Dixie Chicks had the No. 1 country single in the U.S. with Bruce Robison's lump-raising "Travelin' Soldier." Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the Bush Administration was putting the finishing touches on its Iraqi invasion strategy, which prompted Chicks lead singer Nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Stooges; Rocks Off Team Member Faints In Disbelief

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2010 inductees Tuesday. Somehow, Jann Wenner and his cronies even managed to induct an actual rock band this year: streetwalkin' Detroit cheetahs Iggy & the Stooges - who, according to RRHOF rules (25 years after an artist's first recording ... More >>

  • Music

    November 5, 2009
  • Film

    November 1, 2007

    Sleuth

    Better home and garden, but not much else in Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth remake

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    Get Lit: A Turtle’s Life

    Classic rock fans might not recognize the name Johny Barbata, but they’ve heard his drumming on more than 100 albums and 20 hits including Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Ohio.” He was also a full-time member of the Turtles and Jefferson Airplane/Starship, thumping skins on songs like “H ... More >>

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Music Awards Winners

    The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000

  • Culture

    June 22, 2000

    Toy Story

    The creators of Chicken Run find a little soul in a lump of clay

  • Film

    September 25, 1997

    New Studio, Same Old Stuff

    DreamWorks's first film is a conventional tale of glam and guns

  • Music

    August 8, 1996

    Sounds Like a Winner!

    1996 Houston Press Music Awards

  • Music

    May 25, 1995

    Ready to Rise

    Raisin' Cain may give Jesse Dayton his long anticipated push into prominence

  • Music

    January 13, 1994

    Lady Sings the Pinks

    Self-created disco-diva Pinque: If this is camp, it's camp with a guilelessly straight face

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