Writings about music

Musicals, playlists, music DVDs, essays…

Anniversary dance playlist: Final

May 19, 2017, Waterloo

The songs selected for our 25th anniversary party.

We Will Rock You soundtrack

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

Bob Geldof: Is That It? cover

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

Around 2002.

Adventures in voice lessons.

Pop! Culture

Report from the 32nd Popular Culture Conference: Music and writing

April 2002

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.

Heavy metal

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

Queen Live

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.

See also: Cultureguru Blog Music Category.