Tag Archives: Music

Tom Petty and the Movies

The clip above shows Tom Petty’s very last performance of “Free Fallin’”, at Hollywood Bowl on September 25th. On October 2nd, he died at the age of 66 after a massive heart attack. Bizarrely enough, it was first reported that he had died, then that the initial reports were wrong, that he was still fighting … Continue reading Tom Petty and the Movies

Saturday Night Fever: Disco Inferno

… CATCH IT! In the mid-1970s, British rock journalist Nik Cohn arrived in New York City. He gained attention by writing an article for New York Magazine called ”Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”, vividly depicting the local disco scene. The article ended up inspiring the movie Saturday Night Fever… but it turned out … Continue reading Saturday Night Fever: Disco Inferno

Springsteen’s Career in 11 Rock Clips

During my vacation, I read Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”, the best-selling biography he released last year. At about the same time, there was also an accompanying documentary, Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words, and an album, “Chapter and Verse”. The Boss may have grown up in New Jersey more or less poor, but he sure … Continue reading Springsteen’s Career in 11 Rock Clips

Score: A Film Music Documentary

BEHIND EVERY GREAT FILM IS A GREAT COMPOSER.  Matt Schrader left his job at CBS to make his directing debut, a documentary about film music. With help from historian Leonard Maltin, we get a quick look at the history of movie scores and how they have changed, especially when jazz gained a foothold. We get … Continue reading Score: A Film Music Documentary

A Glorious Evening with Hans Zimmer

I’m back from watching the legendary, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer in concert tonight in Stockholm and my head is full of the themes from movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight and Inception. And the sight of long-time Zimmer collaborator Nick Glennie-Smith dancing around to the theme of Pirates of the Caribbean with a fake parrot attached … Continue reading A Glorious Evening with Hans Zimmer

Eurovision’s Silliest Acts

We’re one week away from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (ignore the dreary semifinals leading up to it) and I feel as conflicted as ever. The shows are simultaneously ridiculous and glorious. The quality is often shoddy, production-wise and musically, and the shows always go on too long. The obvious answer would be to cap … Continue reading Eurovision’s Silliest Acts

What Happened, Miss Simone?

HER STORY. HER VOICE. The Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) director takes on another troubled celebrity and cultural phenomenon in this lauded documentary. Made in collaboration with Nina Simone’s family, the film celebrates the artist’s musical talents but doesn’t avoid her dark sides, including the abusive marriage, her bipolar disorder and how she treated … Continue reading What Happened, Miss Simone?

Three Candidates Are Worthy of Winning Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest is on right now, this year hosted by Stockholm since Sweden won last year. For the first time ever, the show is broadcast in the U.S., which prompted GQ Magazine to post the following: A very relevant question. Eurovision Song Contest, which airs right now on Logo Network, is a cheesy European annual TV … Continue reading Three Candidates Are Worthy of Winning Eurovision Song Contest