December 25, 2017

The last thing I’ll ask you to read this year, I promise: my thoughts on the Beatles’ Christmas records — both the more familiar and the less.

December 18, 2017

I’m thrilled that an excerpt from Magic Circles has found its way into another magnificent anthology of music writing. In Sound Bites: Big Ideas in Popular Music, just out from the Great Books Foundation, “writers reflect on the immense impact of popular music on our c...

December 14, 2017

My review of the controversial Jann Wenner biography, concerning “the baby-boomer visionary whose singular will to power, rakish personality, fortitude for excess, and wild-man charm made him a force to be reckoned with.”

December 13, 2017

Black voters kicked racist red-state ass. To repurpose a phrase from Ronald Reagan – who meant something quite different by it – it’s “Morning in America.” And this is the perfect music for it, courtesy of Jana Ann & The Merrymen.

December 5, 2017

“Unless [the] would-be lover is able to replace his or her backbone with a steel rod, he or she is doomed. This is no place for love.”

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My commentary on the Richard Avedon exhibition now on view at Manhattan’s Pace Gallery, and the Avedon-James Baldwi...

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