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Friday, April 26, 2013

Clive Davis recalls his years as a music industry hit-maker

 Clive Davis’ memoir The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon & Schuster) is a hefty 586 pages of thoughtful, analytical content—an unexpected pleasure from one of the most powerful and influential music executives in history
01.02.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Joe Uchill
It's been a long, strange year for this short, regular feature. Usually, the best media apologies fall into one of a few categories. There are apologies for the things too awful to consider ever happening, like San Francisco's Asian Week printing the story "Why I Hate Blacks" in March. There are the minor mistakes which lead to corrections far more interesting than the errors themselves, like...
05.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In the end, "American Idol" voters opted for two finalists with more commercial appeal than Danny Gokey, the soft-rocking Milwaukeean who likely would have cut a Christian pop album had he won the big prize. Not a shocker, really. In the end, my autographed 8' by 10'' of Joe Biden will remain on my wall, where it belongs. It was a fun ride while it lasted, though, giving Milwaukee something to tal...
05.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Forgive me for another Danny Gokey post, but the guy is going to be inescapable for the next two days. Now that the divisive �American Idol� contestant has secured his place in the top 3, Milwaukee is dedicating an entire day to him. He�ll visit his histrionic supporters at Fox 6, then pop by a couple local radio stations and some obvious local landmark before parading with some Green Bay Packer...
05.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Vote for the Worst has cast its back-handed ballot for Milwaukee native Danny Gokey, despite the "American Idol" contestant's apparent co-front-runner status. The dead wife crack seems a bit below the belt, but everything else is more or less right on. It's hard to imagine Gokey selling any records: He's the worst singer, he's the worst dancer, he's the most annoying, he adds nothing creat...
04.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Love it or hate it, the most popular show on television, "American Idol," is also the oddest show on television. In one of the show's most brazenly cheesy features, every week its contestants dress up in elaborate costumes to film a Ford commercial/music video, only to be mostly edited out of the final product in favor of footage of trucks. Often they sing along to Top 40 songs, but sometimes ...
03.31.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Some Fox affiliates disagree with the network's odd decision to follow-up "American Idol," the country's top-rated family show, with an Osbournes variety special that, according to commercials, contains bits in which Ozzy and his family command small children to curse then trick a dude into making out with a geriatric woman. Milwaukee's station is among those refusing to air the broadcast after "I...
03.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
So Milwaukee's first formidable "American Idol" contestant is a modern yacht rocker? Great. The whole city is cheer leading the next Taylor Hicks. The 28-year-old Gokey has a polished voice, a heart-tugging backstory and an endearing modesty to him, but there are other singers on the show with better voices and 10 times the personality (and love him or hate him, the Pete Wentz-fas...
02.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A Milwaukeean is now the "American Idol" front-runner. Deeply Christian, boyishly handsome but sexually non-threatening, with a powerful, vaguely schmaltzy voice that evokes his sad backstory (his wife died last year), Danny Gokey is one of the most interesting, broadly palatable "Idol" contestants this year, and it's been lost on no one that the show's producers have been paying him special atten...

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