Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts 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.
1 day ago | Classic Rock Corner
Bill Champlin is on the phone calling from his home in Santa Barbara, California. And while it’s ostensibly to discuss his new solo record Livin’ for Love—available digitally from Imagen Records and physically from BillChamplin.com—he first has so...
4 days ago | Coronavirus
Musicians have always written songs on the road as inspiration hits them during their travels. But Lee Rocker has taken it to another level, and during a pandemic. The man best known for plunking the fat strings of a standup acoustic bass for the ...
17 days ago | Books
Deconstructing the Rat Pack: Joey, the Mob, and the Summit By Richard A. Lertzman with Lon Davis 367 pp. $24.98 Prestige Books For a brief time in the early ‘60s, they were the Connoisseurs of Cool and the Sultans of Swinging Swagger, taking Las V...
19 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
The year 1982 was turning out pretty good for George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Nearly a decade into their existence, the blues ‘n boogie band had opened a string of European dates for the Rolling Stones (as they had done the previous year in t...
23 days ago | Books
The Last Days of John Lennon By James Patterson with Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge 448 pp. $30 Little, Brown and Company December 8 of this year marked the 40th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, gunned down in the hallway of his New York ap...
25 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
When Loverboy’s self-titled debut came in in October 1980, the prevailing media format for music was the vinyl LP. But given what he saw shortly thereafter, guitarist Paul Dean probably didn’t expect that the Canadian rockers would be releasing Lo...