Richard Riegel

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  • 10 years ago

    Back in the '60s, the smell test for any fusion of "beatnik poetry" and jazz was how closely the real thing and the satires of same on sitcoms like The Beverly Hillbillies reflected each other. The split-level viewers got their we're-still-normal ...

  • 11 years ago

    They'll be our Mirrors, reflecting what Cleveland r'n'r truly achieved in those oft abused 1970s. Retrieved from the same Velvets salt mine that gave us the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu in that time, recent CD releases of fugitive recordings from the pr...

  • 11 years ago

    Like a pair of Zeligs w/portfolio, Susan Schmidt and Deborah Smith seem to materialize on each fateful stage of the Akron music scene. In the 1960s, they led all-female r'n'r code-breakers the Poor Girls, who opened for big axes like Cream and stu...

  • 12 years ago

    Ah yes, another quartet of U.K. art-school hopouts sprung fully form-fitted and self-conscious from Bryan Ferry's fashionably furrowed brow. So if these eyepod-peeps are so clever (their interviews are full of arch and silly repartee), how'd they ...

  • 12 years ago

    Someday the pop universe would know both Chrissie Hynde and Devo as spawn of Akron, Ohio, but when the From Akron album appeared in spring '77, neither future Tiretown titan was on board. Ms. Hynde was still plying the rock-critic trade in London,...

  • 12 years ago

    There were no hang-up calls when Human Switchboard connected person-to-person in area codes from Ohio to New York City at the cusp of the 1980s, as they were resolutely living out the era's creed that Doing It Yourself would restore passion to pop...


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