Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sissy Spacek: More Than Just A “Neat” Career

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Even though the Carrie remake (starring Chloë Grace Moretz) was recently pushed back to October 2013, we still wanted to debut this 1979 Rolling Stone cover story and interview with the original Carrie, Sissy Spacek. The topic of Carrie is covered, along with Badlands, Coal Miner’s Daughter, some projects that didn’t quite get off the ground, Sissy’s musical background and much more. It’s a 6,500 word journey and we hope you take the trip with us.

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Jan 29, 2013

Archives: Raspberries – Self Titled

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Raspberries – Raspberries

It’s awfully hard to figure this band out. Many times an album, especially a debut album, will go in numerous directions functioning as an exposure to the band’s versatility. This album can head in as many as three different paths within the tight boundaries of a two-and-a-half minute track. I’m not saying it’s good…I’m just saying I like it.

Let’s look at the LP opener, “Go All The Way.” A commercial piece of music if ever there was one, the cut sounds for the first five seconds like a Stones or Humble Pie track. The curt, sassy sound of a twanging lead guitar. A moment later and the guitar is replaced by a disciplined strum behind a falsetto vocal.

Three cuts later and we are served up a tasty piece of rock ‘n roll in “Rock & Roll Mama,” a classic tune that, had the Stones themselves done it, every pimply high school band in America would chalk up in the repertoire.

Raspberries is the type of band that in a year could either be headlining the Sports Arena or a part of the never-never land of oblivion.

Courtesy of the Door (aka San Diego Door) – Cameron Crowe -  June 8, 1972  – June 22, 1972

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Jan 28, 2013

Journalism Archives: Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes

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Mott The Hoople – All the Young Dudes

Released in England several weeks ago and yet to be made available in the States is Mott The Hoople’s fourth album, All the Young Dudes, named after the incredible single of the same name.

Produced and arranged by David Bowie, All the Young Dudes fails to live up to the excitement of the title cut…a very English, very metal, very riske ode to homosexual rape. “I’ve been wanting to do this for years”, admits the aggressor, lead-singer Ian Hunter as the cut fades into either “Sucker” or a label depending upon whether it’s the single or the LP. Despite its overly decadent theme, “All the Young Dudes” is very simply the best single since “Take It Easy” graced the airwaves.

The album opens with the theme song of Bowie’s musical idol, Lou Reed (who, by the way, is letting David produce his next album), “Sweet Jane”. A quite limp delivery on Hunter’s part and a plodding accompaniment courtesy of the boys in the band provides for a soggy indication of what’s to come. The rest of the record follows fairly closely the impact (or lack of it) of the previous. The recording job is very  clinical and exacting, a habit which suits Bowie’s own style but reveals a major flaw in Mott The Hoople’s, who is best displayed in a somewhat reckless light.

But it’s a fun record. The material is lyrically dependant on tongue-in-cheek for its effect, and Bowie, in his production debut is impressively meticulous. Too bad that the intricate arranging and direction was utilized by a group who just can’t benefit from it.

Courtesy of the Door (aka San Diego Door) – Cameron Crowe -  November 4, 1972  – November 18, 1972

 

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Jan 20, 2013

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Carry On

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Neil Young & Stephen Stills in San Francisco (7/15/74)   Photo by Neal Preston

Cameron digs deep with this 6,000 plus profile of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 1974 tour kick off for Crawdaddy magazine. Highlights include a 4 1/2 hour show in Seattle, Joni Mitchell’s serenades in Vancouver, B.C. and some great quotes all the parties involved. We hope you enjoy the latest addition to the Journalism section. 

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Jan 11, 2013

Absolute Bowie

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David Bowie is celebrating his birthday today and we’ve decided to join him. Cameron and Bowie go back to the mid 70′s including an in-depth 1976 Playboy interview, a short RS article on his ’76 tour and his cover story in Rolling Stone. Most recently, Cameron contributed liner notes to the 25th anniversary re-release of Station to Station. Happy Birthday David!

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Jan 8, 2013

Jerry Maguire: AMC Story Notes

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AMC is showing Jerry Maguire this month with their trivia based feature entitled story notes. Topics covered include casting, music, pop culture and much more. Even better is that AMC is showing the film in high definition in its proper aspect ratio. Specific times are listed on their website, but dates remaining to check out Jerry Maguire are as follows:

  • January 8th
  • January 9th
  • January 17th
  • January 18th
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Jan 5, 2013

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