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60 items by Bill Crandall

  • Arthur Lee Rocks "Forever"

    Arthur Lee Rocks "Forever" | ARTICLE

    Arthur Lee didn't expect to see 1968, much less 2003. When the twenty-two-year-old Love frontman retreated in 1967 to his Hollywood Hills home -- purchased after his band became the first rock act to sign with Elektra Records -- to...

    June 6, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Brian Wilson Bears "Smile"

    Brian Wilson Bears "Smile" | ARTICLE

    Thirty-seven years after he abandoned it, Brian Wilson will revive Smile onstage. He and his backing band the Wondermints will perform the Beach Boys' legendary lost album -- or, rather, Wilson's 2004 interpretation of what the uncompleted 1967 album eventually would...

    May 23, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Clash

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Clash | ARTICLE

    When I spoke with Joe Strummer in November, his ears were ringing. He and his band the Mescaleros had just finished rehearsing for a U.K. tour, and he hadn't even spoken with his former Clash bandmates --...

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2003: AC/DC

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2003: AC/DC | ARTICLE

    During every Grammy season there is a squabble over the meaning of the term "hard rock." For the exact definition, see AC/DC. Australian rockers AC/DC formed in 1973 with the goal of combining the screaming of Little Richard...

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Righteous Brothers

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Righteous Brothers | ARTICLE

    Many bands with famous names suffer from the "yeah, but what do they sing?" problem. Not the Righteous Brothers. In the mid-Sixties, with producer Phil Spector, they recorded a couple numbers called "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "Unchained Melody," huge...

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Elvis Costello

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Elvis Costello | ARTICLE

    Elvis Costello debuted in 1977 as rock & roll's greatest amalgam. He sported the King's name, looked and dressed like Buddy Holly, and his music combined the Beatles' Mersey Beat with punk rock's indignation and Dylan's eloquence. Over...

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Beck Breaks Hearts in Hoboken

    Beck Breaks Hearts in Hoboken | ARTICLE

    Beck knows Sea Change isn't exactly Valentine's Night music, but, during a surprise show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, he and his five-piece band played his breakup songs anyway. "This one's for all the Valentines that have gone awry,"...

    February 18, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Lost Beatles Tapes Found?

    Lost Beatles Tapes Found? | ARTICLE

    Police in England and the Netherlands say that raids they conducted Friday may have unearthed lost original Beatles recordings. Five men were arrested, two in London and three south of Amsterdam, where the more than 500 tapes...

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Grammy's Golden Age of Parity

    Grammy's Golden Age of Parity | ARTICLE

    The Grammys, like the National Football League, have achieved their own blissful state of parity. Eminem, far and away the year's most visible artist, received a once-hefty total of five nominations yesterday, and so did Bruce Springsteen, rock's largest living...

    January 8, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Joe Strummer Dead at Fifty

    Joe Strummer Dead at Fifty | ARTICLE

    Joe Strummer, former singer, guitarist and songwriter for legendary punk rockers the Clash, died Sunday at his home in Somerset, England of an apparent heart attack; he was fifty. An autopsy is pending. The son of a British...

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Strummer Recording New Album

    Strummer Recording New Album | ARTICLE

    Fresh off their November Bringing It All Back Home Tour of the U.K., Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros are heading into the studio to record their third album. The follow-up to 2001's Global a Go-Go is due out in the...

    November 27, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • "Eminem Show" Gets an Encore

    "Eminem Show" Gets an Encore | ARTICLE

    As Eminem and the rest of the pop world learned this week, there's nothing like movie theaters to drive folks to record stores. Thanks to the barrage of trailers for the rapper's new film, 8 Mile, he...

    August 28, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • The Polyphonic Spree Get Happy

    The Polyphonic Spree Get Happy | ARTICLE

    According to leader Tim DeLaughter, the Polyphonic Spree are a twenty-five-piece choral and symphonic pop band, but the numbers change. He created the group -- sort of a Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys meets Godspell (the members wear white robes) -- in...

    August 9, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Grohl Bumps Foos for QOTSA

    Grohl Bumps Foos for QOTSA | ARTICLE

    In a quite literal game of musical chairs, singer-guitarist Dave Grohl is putting the Foo Fighters on ice to extend his stint playing drums for Queens of the Stone Age. The former Nirvana sticksman played on the...

    April 16, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Rick James Back on the Street

    Rick James Back on the Street | ARTICLE

    The last time I saw Rick James he was sitting poolside at a friend's house in Northern California, holding his four-year-old son in his arms. He had spent the previous night -- and the previous two years...

    March 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Live In Liverpool

    Live In Liverpool | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sometimes it's OK to settle for second best. Echo and the Bunnymen were not the U.K.'s best indie band of the Eighties (see the Smiths); they were not the most successful overseas (see the Cure), and they...

    February 20, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Creed Number One for Sixth Week

    Creed Number One for Sixth Week | ARTICLE

    Observing an annual tradition, the nation's album charts went from ho-ho to ho-hum the week following the Christmas blitz, as each of the top eighty albums sold less copies than it did the week before. Creed best...

    January 3, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Ramones, Petty Get in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Ramones, Petty Get in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | ARTICLE

    The Ramones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Talking Heads, Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Chet Atkins and Jim Stewart will be next year's entrants into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Seventeenth Annual...

    December 14, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • A Half-Million Creed Fans Served

    A Half-Million Creed Fans Served | ARTICLE

    Creed sure picked the right time to release an album. The Florida rockers' third effort, Weathered, did not have to weather the leaner months of the atrocious sales year that has been 2001. Instead, during Weathered's three...

    December 12, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Creed Still on Top

    Creed Still on Top | ARTICLE

    For the second week in a row, everywhere you go, the kids wanna rock. That's right, Creed -- with a gaudy sales tally of 417,000 (according to SoundScan) -- are again atop the nation's album chart with...

    December 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
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