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Well, despite my best intentions, I’ve been horrible at updating this here professional blog. Chalk it up to a busy summer–which found me switching jobs and trying to stay off the computer–and writing a ton. What have I been up to? Well, I’m glad you asked!
First and foremost, I contributed an essay to a local collection titled Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology. My piece explores the trials and tribulations of being a Cleveland Indians fan, specifically where it relates to my dad. You can order the eBook (in which I appear) here.
Second, here are some of the recent(ish) reviews/interviews of which I’m most proud. Special mention must be made of something of a dream assignment: interviewing Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson–both of them! together!–for Ultimate Classic Rock. They were as cool, nice, amazing and thoughtful as you’d hope. We even geeked out about Alice In Chains, a portion of my interview I really need to post sometime… Continue reading
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When I saw the Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame a few weeks ago, it felt strange to see Mike D and Ad-Rock there without Adam “MCA” Yauch. Even though the pair read a speech from their missing comrade–a touching, warm speech at that–things felt off balance. The Beastie Boys were so very much a balanced trio, a group which kept each other on an even keel, in artistic harmony–and, dare I say, in check. Their extracurricular interests never eroded the essence of the band; they were always the three musketeers who evolved from rowdy kids into thoughtful, self-aware adults.
I never interviewed Yauch, who died yesterday at the age of 47 after a valiant struggle with cancer. However, I did interview Ad-Rock once, in 2004; I was beyond nervous. We ended up having a fun, lighthearted conversation–a suitably Beastie Boys-esque chat.
(Printed in the Boston Herald in advance of the Beastie Boys/Talib Kweli show in Worcester, Massachusetts, October 12, 2004)
Adam Horovitz would like to clear up a misconception people might have about the Beastie Boys.
“We’re not male models,” the 36-year-old says. “A lot of people ask that about us. So, we just wanted to clear up that that’s not true.”
Well, it took a snowy Cleveland day to finally kick me into gear to launch a non-1997-HTML professional website. Here I am! Expect links to reviews, profiles, interviews and other writing of note here on a constantly updated basis.