By Bruce Sylvester Beauty, talent, ambition, search for love and respect, a sudden death that may have been suicide – the legend of Marilyn Monroe (1926-62) is the stuff that icons are made of. A musical set within another musical …
“Return of the Stuff That Dreams of” presents two CDs of rustic American music from the 1920s and ’30s.
Patti Page, a classic voice of the 1950s, died on new year’s day at age 85. Here’s the full text of a 2003 phone interview I did with her. An abridged version was printed in Goldmine at the time.
An archetype of Woodstock-era rock’s self-destructive hedonism, Janis Joplin died from a shot of overly pure heroin as she neared completion of “Pearl.”
By Bruce Sylvester The spirit of the recently departed hovered above last weekend’s 12th annual totally free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It especially honored the event’s founder and funder, Warren Hellman. North Carolina …
Blues Images’ 2013 wall calendar offers vintage illustrated ads for 1920s-30s blues recordings plus as CD of the songs whose ads on the calendar.
Last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival presented the future and long-ago past of American roots music.
This July’s Newport Folk Festival is already totally sold out except for Friday evening’s show by Wilco, Blitzen Trapper, and Megafaun.
By Bruce Sylvester Warren Hellman, banjoist in the Wronglers and billionaire angel of San Francisco’s annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, died of complications from leukemia on Dec. 18. Born in Manhattan on July 25, 1934, into a family of investors …
The totally free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park presents major acts as well as relatively unknown but worthy ones.