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Backwash: Rock 'n' roll Yankees in the British invasion's court

By Bill Holdship

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Paul Revere & the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay The Complete Columbia Singles Collectors' Choice It has to be those silly Revolutionary War outfits. That's the only conceivable reason why, especially in retrospect, Paul Revere & the Raiders haven't been accorded the respect they deserve ...[MORE]

Ballad of Mr. X: It's a mighty long way down rock 'n' roll for Detroit legend Bob 'Bootsey X' Mulrooney

By Bill Holdship

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Cover Story

The saga of Bob Mulrooney — aka Bootsey X, aka the Pusherman of Love and Genius from the Waist Down — might bring to mind the words of two renowned writers: the first, an unlikely rabbi; the other, a rock critic. For the past decade, the title of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner's When Bad Things...[MORE]

Can I get a witness?: Bootsey X through the eyes of others

By Bill Holdship

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Can I get a Witness Bootsey X through the eyes of others The first time I saw Bootsey X & the Lovemasters play was in the summer of '85 at Paycheck's. I was completely blown away, to say the least. I remember trying to describe them to my friends at the time: "They're kind of like...[MORE]

Sweet 'n' hard for the loins: Bazooka Jones finds sticky kink in power pop

By Bill Holdship

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Bazooka Jones takes an ear-bending approach to the classic Detroit sound, merging delicious-but-raw garage rock with jangly and melodic power pop. The Allen Park-based quartet impressed with their musical proficiency and chops at Detroit's first International Pop Overthrow (IPO) festival three years...[MORE]

Blowed out!: No. 13 was a bona fide spectacular

By Bill Holdship

Published: 3/10/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Man, we are so burned-out at the moment that it's hard to even type, let alone make sense of what it is we're typing. After all, if you do Blowout "right," it generally takes a week to recover. But it's well worth the effort. And Blowout 13 — despite its unlucky number this year &md...[MORE]

Blowin' up!: The 13th annual Blowout touches down in Hamtramck

By Bill Holdship

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Cover Story

Wow! So we've reached the lucky 13th of the largest and best all-local music festival in the country. Wonder if Chris Handyside ever envisioned how big the shebang would become when he kicked off this whole Blowout thing 12 years ago this month. As always, special thanks and much love to Eve Doster ...[MORE]

Working man's blues: Don Duprie of Doop & the Inside Outlaws: 'It's all about the song.'

By Bill Holdship

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Music, Country

Sometimes a lot of it just boils down to attitude. And it would appear that Don Duprie, aka Doop — the soft-spoken singer-songwriter-guitarist who fronts a band at the forefront of Detroit's thriving Americana music scene — has a great one.  To wit, this writer first saw Doop & the ...[MORE]

Promises fulfilled: Patti Smith's fascinating new memoir captures what it was to be young, free and artistic in a New York now lost to the ages

By Bill Holdship

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Music, Local Music

Love relationships between great artists have inspired some fine literature throughout history, be it works the artists created for each other during their own lifetimes or as fodder for novels, memoirs or even motion pictures and plays after the fact. Surely one of the greatest such love affairs of...[MORE]

Sex Songs Hall of Fame: Songs designed to put butterflies in the guts of boys and girls

By Bill Holdship

Published: 2/10/2010

Types: Music

Steve Albini and Big Black titled their final album Songs About Fucking. It was, in part, a tongue-in-cheek move, but a case could be made that every song — especially since the advent of rock 'n' roll (the term originated as a euphemism for fucking) is basically about sex. Rickie Lee Jones re...[MORE]

My first porno : And, yes, it had a lot to do with my grandma

By Bill Holdship

Published: 2/10/2010

Types: Culture, Love & sex

There was a time when one needed a parental permission slip to check The Catcher in the Rye out of the Bad Axe junior high school library due to its "graphic" nature. J.D. Salinger's recent death brought to mind that no matter how much things stay the same, things do change with time ... e...[MORE]

Aught not: Music of the last decade

By Bill Holdship, W. Kim Heron

Published: 1/6/2010

Types: Music

SPIN Magazine seemed to be only half-serious, I think, when its writers chose "Your Hard Drive" as the No. 1 album at the end of 2000 — right above Radiohead's Kid A and our own Eminem's The Marshall Mathers Album. But it turned out to be one of the more astute musical observations o...[MORE]

Mobsters, music ... and magic: It’s Jersey Boys at the Fisher Theatre!

By Bill Holdship

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Arts, Performing arts, Theater

It took a long time for Jersey Boys, the Tony-winning Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, to finally hit Detroit — four years after its Broadway debut, to be exact, and three years after its first touring company hit the road. Often when a touring production is already t...[MORE]

Croakin' around the Christmas tree ...: MT’s annual guide to the newest Christmas tunes

By Bill Holdship

Published: 12/2/2009

Types: Music

When it comes to 2009's crop of holiday music, Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart (Columbia) is obviously the biggest — and some would say weirdest — news. The album has already generated more mixed reviews and controversy than probably any such album in history. How much you enjoy it or...[MORE]

Rockin' reads: MT's annual guide to the year's grooviest rock literature

By Bill Holdship

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Full disclosure: Two of the books I'm enthusiastically endorsing this year — Harvey Kubernik's Canyon of Dreams: The Magic & Music of Laurel Canyon (Sterling, $29.95) and Robert Hilburn's Cornflakes With John Lennon & Other Tales from a Rock 'N' Roll Life (Rodale, $24.99) — were ...[MORE]

Roll over, Beethoven: The Royal Philharmonic vs. Ray Davies & the Crouch End Festival Chorus

By Bill Holdship

Published: 11/18/2009

Types: Music, Classical

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra I Hear a Symphony: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Perform The Classic Hits of Motown Silva Screen Records Ray Davies & the Crouch End Festival Chorus The Kinks Choral Collection  Decca In the '60s, at the height of pop's British Invasion, a symphony orc...[MORE]

When in Rome ...: We Came As Romans take a leap of faith to the next level

By Bill Holdship

Published: 11/11/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

To paraphrase something an old former carny-turned-rock manager once came up with as a marketing gimmick: 1.5 million We Came As Romans fans can't be wrong, can they? Well, maybe not fans, per se, but that's how many, plus change, "visitors" had listened to the relatively young band's &quo...[MORE]

He has never been here before ...: The legendary Roky Erickson finally hits Detroit

By Bill Holdship

Published: 10/28/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Although there are certainly other candidates, the man born Roger Kynard Erickson 62 years ago in Dallas, Texas, just might be the greatest rock 'n' roll cult hero of all time. But first, some backstory ... It was always a personal pipe dream — to host a panel at South by Southwest or one of ...[MORE]

Ramblin' Gamblin' Men : New coffee-table book traces the history of one of Michigan's favorite rock 'n' roll sons

By Bill Holdship

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Local photographer Thomas Weschler — who officially served as Bob Seger's road manager from 1969 through 1973 — had unlimited access to Seger and his camp for several decades, both during and after his official managerial duties. In other words, Weschler was there, almost like a fly on t...[MORE]

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