In clips featuring the Teenagers’ biggest hit, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” Lymon now looks like a slimmer, more cherubic version of Gary Coleman, sweet but prematurely knowing. Given that the group hit the R&B top 10 six times in 18 months, it’s still startling to learn that the group’s new managers convinced Lymon to leave the Teenagers at the end of that period. The singer’s solo career never took off, and his death in 1968 — from a heroin overdose in New York — is another reminder that drug addiction made its way through the doo-wop scene as much as it did rock & roll. … [Read more...] about Harmonies, Heroes and Heroin: New Doc Traces the Story of Doo-Wop
The big question is whether even a sound as titanic as Van Halen’s can sustain the loss of a loudmouth voluptuary like David Lee Roth, or will the whole metal ball simply collapse under the weight of generic gee-tar pyrotechnics? Though often derided as a frontrunner in the Most Obnoxious Man in Rock sweepstakes, Diamond Dave’s giddy way with Uzipaced wisecracks and an unarguably media-genic presence gave Van Halen an overpowering edge on the legions of bands competing in the power-party rock arena. If rock & roll has become a circus maximus, then David Lee Roth was both a patter-spewing ringmaster and an untamable animal in the ring. … [Read more...] about 5150
Violence and RetaliationBorn John Williams, John Allen Muhammad took his name after a conversion to Islam in 1987. A 2004 Vanity Fair profile describes a troubled Army combat engineer and metal worker who returned from the Gulf War in 1991 with his demeanor radically changed. One of his two ex-wives, Mildred Muhammad, told The Frederick News-Post that she believed he suffered from untreated post-traumatic stress syndrome after his service in the Middle East. (At the time, this was referred to as Gulf War Syndrome.) The couple had three children but he lost custody in an ugly split, according to the News-Post, and she became his “enemy.” … [Read more...] about Flashback: Beltway Sniper Terrorizes Washington, D.C.
Wilson and Lane hooked up while he was in town working with Oberst, but it wasn’t actually the first time they’d met. “When I was 20 years old, I gave him my phone number on a napkin at a Panera Bread in North Hollywood,” she says. She’d just come from her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, and chain restaurants felt most comfortable. She assumed he’d forgotten over the years, but you don’t forget Lane, with her long legs often on display below a short-short Nudie suit romper or underneath a see-through dress, as if she swiped a wardrobe from Loretta Lynn and ripped out the petticoats, then topped it all off with Joey Ramone’s leather jacket. … [Read more...] about Nikki Lane on Killing Outlaws, Truck Songs and New Album
Taapsee wrote as caption, "My first visit to the New York City and the worst time to visit probably! The winters !!! It just rained and I experienced my first ever minus degrees temperature! Our walk from Times Square to a restaurant for dinner had me shivering real bad and the jaw just froze in middle of a conversation ! That day I realised I am a 'tropical human being' and these extreme winters are definitely not meant for me. Here's @divya46 in the picture with me who I got to reconnect after years thanks to this trip ! What amazing food in that city though! #Throwback #Archive #QuarantinePost," (sic). … [Read more...] about Taapsee Pannu Recollects Her First Visit To New York City: It Was Winter And The Worst Time To Visit