Legacy: Drive Safely Home, Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek has passed away and another legend has left this realm to jam in Rock N Roll heaven. He was 75. I once had a brief conversation with Ocasek back in the early-1990s, about a decade or so after the video for “Drive” was an MTV ubiquity, and after the song itself had become … Continue reading Legacy: Drive Safely Home, Ric Ocasek

Music Box: The Smiths at Pier 84, NYC 8.6.86

St. Mope and The Smiths, Pier 84, August 6th, 1986 The immediate years after I graduated high school were mercurial times for me. My parents had separated toward the end of 1985 (a marriage that lasted years too long, though they imprudently got back together briefly months later, before finally imploding for good) and our … Continue reading Music Box: The Smiths at Pier 84, NYC 8.6.86

Music Box: Prince – Partyman/Let’s Go Crazy (Tower Records, West Hollywood, CA 3.21.06)

Prince Shreds On "Let's Go Crazy" at Tower Records in West Hollywood 3.21.06 Three years later, and the loss of one of the singular pioneers in the history of Rock N Roll still stings as if we just heard the news. Ubiquitous for decades, that he’s not here to continue to gift us with his … Continue reading Music Box: Prince – Partyman/Let’s Go Crazy (Tower Records, West Hollywood, CA 3.21.06)