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Summer is a time of raunchy comedies, superheroes, and explosions, but you can find movies for grown-ups, too.  I highly recommend two outstanding documentaries that take the audience behind the scenes of some of the greatest music ever recorded. 20 […]

Here is how much my family loves the brilliant and hilarious singer/songwriter/story-teller Bill Harley.  Even though we played and played and played his music until we all knew it inside out, we would still sit in the driveway until the […]

One of my very favorite writers on film is Leonard Maltin so I was delighted to see his new essay on the use of classic or obscure older songs in new movies. Classic songs and selections from what’s now called […]

Rob Sheffield is one of my favorite writers and I love his books about popular music.  For Rolling Stone, he has created a gallery of the all-time best rock moments in movies, with irresistible clips from the “Wayne’s World” rendition […]

Nothing like this has ever been attempted before!  Tonight, when Elton John plays on a Yamaha Disklavier piano, every touch of his fingers will be replicated at other Disklaviers around the world, and you can watch. His actual piano keystrokes […]

My favorite Elvis song is “Burning Love.” But I love to hear him sing gospel. Celebrate his birthday with a movie like “Blue Hawaii.” Or, even better, watch him in concert.

This year’s Kennedy Center honors have been announced: Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy, dancer Natalia Makarova and the rock band Led Zeppelin.  Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, but keyboardist-bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy […]

Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch has died at age 68.  A tireless advocate for teaching music in schools, Hamlisch won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. On Broadway, he wrote the music for A Chorus Line, […]

The Heavy’s song, “How Ya Like Me Now” is quickly becoming the go-to song in trailers and movie soundtracks, sort of the new “I Feel Good.”  This month, it appears in “Ted” and “The Watch.” Before that, it was in […]

Paul Simon’s brilliant song and album of the year Grammy-winning Graceland album celebrates its 25th anniversary next week with a re-release that includes bonus tracks and a new documentary by Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Metallica – Some Kind of Monster) that […]

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