Writings about music
Musicals, playlists, music DVDs, essays…
Anniversary dance playlist: Final
May 19, 2017, Waterloo
The songs selected for our 25th anniversary party.
An Ironic Night at the Rock Opera
1 August 2007, Toronto
We Will Rock You performance featuring Brian May and Roger Taylor + the kids from Canadian Idol. (Note that this would be before they started performing full-time with Adam Lambert, whom they met on… American Idol.)
Book review: Is That It? by Bob Geldof
Book published in 1987, review written in 2003.
The autobiography of the rock star turned activist, from his miserable Irish childhood to his journalism career in Canada, rock stardom, and Live Aid.
Give Me Something to Sing About
Adventures in voice lessons.
Report from the 32nd Popular Culture Conference: Music and writing
The perspective then on topics such as fan fiction, gay and lesbian print culture (Alison Bechdel, Archie comics, outed teen idols), The Kinks (including an actual original member of), and popular magazine culture.
Originally written 20 April 1989
Essay written for a Critical Approaches to Popular Culture class. Looks at the meaning of heavy metal music.
Musical performance DVDs
Growing up in Timmins, I didn’t get to see a lot of my favourite bands in concert. By the time I moved to Montreal, and then Kitchener, a lot of them had broken up (or died), rendering it impossible to see them at all.
DVD. The next best thing to being there.
- Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
- The Doors Collection
- Freddie Mercury Video Collection
- Live Aid
- Queen Greatest Video Hits 1
- Queen Greatest Video Hits 2
- Queen Live at Wembley Stadium
- Queen: We Will Rock You
- Rock Star: INXS
See also: Cultureguru Blog Music Category.