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09.01.2014 | 60 days ago | Posted at 08:57 AM
By David Luhrssen
The first “mockumentary,” This is Spinal Tap (1984), brought the food and beverage contract riders of touring rock bands into the spotlight. Anyone with a backstage pass already knew the story: performers can get pretty particular once they reach a certain magnitude of stardom—and some of their demands are pretty peculiar. That’s the theme of a new book, Excess All...
03.24.2014 | | Posted at 09:10 AM

The Making of Lou Reed’s Greatest Album

By David Luhrssen
  Lou Reed’s Transformer is among the greatest rock albums ever. On the making-of documentary Transformer (paired on the Blu-ray release with the concert movie Live at Montreux 2000), Reed half dismisses the LP as just “a moment in time” before the rest of his life continued. But Rolling Stone critic David Fricke speaks for the fans by calling it timeless. “It sound...
02.05.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It's difficult to believe it took so long, but Les Savy Fav finally made their first national television performance on Friday, playing "Patty Lee" from their latest disc, Let's Stay Friends. It was less frightening and more overtly comical than a typical Les Savy Fav concert�perhaps because the group toned down their freakiness for the masses, but more likely because Tim Harrington's dance mov...