Kit O'Toole

How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock & Roll DVD Review

Rock & roll’s roots draw from numerous genres—blues, country, and rhythm and blues, to name a few.  However, gospel remains ...
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Burt Sugarman’s The Soul of The Midnight Special: Volume 1 (1973-1976) DVD Review: A Soulful Nostalgia Trip

Long before MTV, if you wanted to see your favorite artist perform their latest hits, you had limited choices: see ...
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Book Review: Run-Out Groove: Inside Capitol’s 1980s Hits & Stiffs by Dave Morrell

In the 1980s, everything seemed bigger: the fashions, the drugs, the money, and even the sound of music. For Dave ...
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Simply Red: Live at Montreux 2003 DVD Review: At the Peak of Their Creativity

For most Americans, the words “Simply Red” conjure images of a man bearing a shock of red, curly hair, earnestly ...
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Book Review: Music on Film: Purple Rain by John Kenneth Muir

To this day, Prince remains an enigma. He grants few interviews, once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, and ...
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Book Review: Frank Sinatra: A Life in Pictures, Edited by Yann-Brice Dherbier

Say the name “Frank Sinatra,” and one conjures images of more than simply a superb singer and occasional actor. Over ...
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Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records DVD Review: Gets to the Core of the Company

On May 11, 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney arrived in New York to announce a new business venture. Three ...
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Cinema Sentries

Talking Heads: Chronology DVD Review: More Videos About Buildings and Food

Since the mid-’70s, Talking Heads have defied easy categorization. Are they rock? Punk? Avant-garde? The band raised themselves above labels ...
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Cinema Sentries

Book Review: Music on Film: A Hard Day’s Night by Ray Morton

Back in 2000, Miramax Films reissued the classic A Hard Day’s Night in movie theaters. Since I was unable to ...
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