Music

It’s one of the best, and most enduring mockumentaries of all time, This is Spinal Tap, and the soundtrack is a somewhat loving lampoon of rock music. But the music is actually good, in a bizarre way, and you may not know that the actors–Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean–along with Rob Reiner, were
Read More

A little history: I’ve been playing guitar since I was twelve years old, but like many of the self-taught people I (and perhaps you) came up with, I learned long ago to cheat my ass off. Maybe you’re familiar with the syndrome. You know, I can sort of read music, but I don’t do it
Read More

A VERY IRREGULAR HEAD: The Life of Syd Barrett By Rob Chapman Here’s a review of a new biography about Syd Barrett, the original front man for Pink Floyd. If you’ve ever listened to a Pink Floyd album, you’re probably familiar with Syd Barrett, even if you’re not aware of it. If you don’t know
Read More