Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

With the pacing of a chess match, and the musicality of…a chess match, Sgt.  Pepper’s  Lonely Hearts Club Band is a tough slog, even for us, frequent champions of the terrible. How is it humanly possible to turn great Beatles songs into unlistenable mush? Well, much of the blame lies at the feet of the BeeContinue reading “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

That’s MISTER James Brown to you, and he called everyone “Mr.” too. While technically growing up James, he was always called “Jimmy” and to a young Brown, “Mr.” connoted respect — both given and received. As a kid who grew up a call-girl wrangler and shoeshine boy in terrible circumstances in the Deep South, he almostContinue reading “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”