Concert Review: Duran Duran

I was 14 when Duran Duran first hit it big in the United States with “Hungry Like the Wolf.” It became an MTV staple, and girls treated the band as if they were the second coming of the Beatles. That made a teenage boy uncomfortable. Despite the critics’ tossing aside of the band, citing their …

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Driving Home to Nick Drake

Many Nick Drake purists, the ones who knew him throughout his anonymity of the 1970s and 80s, howled in protest when Volkswagen put his “Pink Moon” in one of its commercials. Drake became an overnight success, 25 years after his death, and Drake was no longer music’s best-kept secret. I was one of those who …

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The Joshua Tree: 30 Years Later

March 1987. I was on a choir tour during spring break, and I knew U2’s The Joshua Tree would be released while I was on tour. But I had to have it – the day it was released – no matter what. So I begged and pleaded with the charter bus driver to stop at a local …

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