“I hope we piss off the right people by changing these words,” he said before King and his band got rolling alongside him. James went on to deliver a version of the Band’s song with enough key lyrics altered to transform it from an elegy for the Lost Cause to a forceful argument for leaving those lies in the dirt. In the first verse, where Helm sang that the fall of the Confederacy was “a time I remember oh so well,” James declared it “a time to bid farewell.” In the chorus, instead of mourning that downfall, he sang, “Tonight, we drive old Dixie down.” His most thorough and powerful revision came in the song’s final verse: … [Read more...] about Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed?
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2016 was a particularly rough year when it came to celebrities passing away. But just because we've entered a new year doesn't mean death has been put on hold. George Kosana, who made his feature film debut playing Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, has died at the age of 81. While his untimely demise was reported by a number of outlets today, the actor's longtime friend John Russo, who co-wrote Night of the Living Dead with George A. Romero, broke the news in a Facebook post yesterday. Here's what the writer had to say in his statement. … [Read more...] about George Kosana, Night of the Living Dead Sheriff, Passes Away at 81
“Having a good time being a guest does not necessarily have anything to do with the experiences of the employees,” Bloom said in a Twitter thread. “I’m not saying this to put anyone on blast, I just wanted to offer my POV as someone who’s had the amazing fortune to experience both worlds.” … [Read more...] about Jay Leno Backs Ellen DeGeneres Amid Show’s Toxic Workplace Allegations; Rachel Bloom, Ashton Kutcher and Diane Keaton Weigh In
It’s a fairly familiar tale by now: An obscure album sees reissue after decades out of print, and the artist responsible gets to enjoy some overdue recognition. But in the case of Alan Braufman — a saxophonist, flutist, and composer whose 1975 debut, Valley of Search, a potent product of New York’s so-called loft jazz scene of the Seventies, resurfaced in 2018 via a label owned by his nephew — the story has a welcome new twist. Braufman and the pianist Cooper-Moore, a key member of the Valley of Search band, reunited for some gigs when the reissue came out, and now, two years later, they’re appearing together on The Fire Still Burns, Braufman’s first new album in 25 years. The first taste of the record, “Home,” shows that it was worth the wait. … [Read more...] about Seventies Jazz Survivor Alan Braufman Shows His Fire Still Burns on ‘Home’
Simon and Burns' nonfiction book follows Gary McCullough and his ex-wife Fran Boyd, both of whom are addicted to drugs, as their 15-year-old son, DeAndre, begins taking to the streets to deal them. The HBO adaptation came on the heels of Homicide: Life on the Street, which also was based on a Simon book and collected four Emmys during its 1993-99 run on NBC. … [Read more...] about Hollywood Flashback: David Simon’s ‘Corner’ Won 3 Emmys in 2000