Devo was an art collective posing as a band, a Dada ensemble
parodying the pretentions of rock music. Devo’s bracing subversion, with its
critique of conservative and liberal values, of faith in science and progress,
of the social conditioning that reduces people to automatons of consumption,
Unlike many of their peers, Metallica was a thrash-metal
band with epic aspirations. Their breakout disc, The Black Album, marks the start of Paul Brannigan and Ian
Winwood’s latest Metallica chronicle. Written with piercing British wit and
critical acumen, Into the Black is
the story of the band’s
The Strat in the Attic
and its sequel are products of the age of “American Pickers” and “Antiques Roadshow,”
but with a distinction: The author’s motives seem less about making a buck and
more about the pleasure of discovery. Deke Dickerson is a musician and a
self-professed guitar geek
With Last Weekend, directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams made a film suggesting Woody Allen in a wistful, Chekovian mood—but set amongst the affluent denizens of northern California, not Manhattan. Last Weekend is a bittersweet comedy of upper class manners, unfolding over Labor Day weekend at the Green family’s posh Lake Tahoe vacation home. Their compound is worthy of Archite...
As Dark City opens, Charlton Heston swaggers out of a store decorated for Easter and into a harsher reality—tenement streets overhung with fire escapes and hard surfaces covered with a thin coat of grime. Dark City (1950), a classic of B film noir, is out on DVD and Blu-ray. Heston, in his screen debut, plays a slick character, a bad-good man whose cynicism and disappointment have ...