American Bandstand

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Happy Birthday, Boss: "When You Listened to Bruce, You Became Cool"

    A little over 40 years ago, I took a hit of acid one serene New York summer night, and went to see Bruce Springsteen for the very first time. My expectations were as high as I hoped to be, at around the same time Bruce and his band hit the stage. I hoped Bruce would leave me soul-shattered in the be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    First Worsts: Oh "Mandy," You Came And You Sounded Absolutely Terrible

    This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>

  • Film

    May 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Dick Clark, R.I.P.

    Dick Clark was cool—as in unflappable, not hip. That was key in an American 1950s where, for much of the nation, the latter condition was basically synonymous with "longhaired Commie fag degenerate." But Dick Clark—that nice boy? No way was he any of those things, not in 1950s America, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Dick Clark Dead At 82: Andrew Cuomo Weighs In On a "True New Yorker"

    Legendary TV personality Dick Clark died today at the age of 82 -- and Governor Andrew Cuomo was quick to weigh in on the passing of a "true New Yorker." "Today, we mourn the passing of Dick Clark, an American icon and a true New Yorker who was born in Mount Vernon, graduated from Syracuse Universit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Don Cornelius, R.I.P.

    via​What must it have been like to be under the sway of Don Cornelius back when he was a salesman? Damn hard to resist, most likely. Cornelius was a salesman before he was a DJ, a DJ before he was a TV host, a TV host before he was a mogul—a series of roles that require inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Jimmy Castor, R.I.P.

    Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Live: Chuck Berry, Still Duck-Walking (And Still Titillating) At B.B. King's

    He still gets the ladies. Pics by Vita Generalova.​ Chuck Berry B.B. King's Friday, June 25 There is a (probably apocryphal) story about Chuck Berry at a 1980s concert that, like most things from the decade, is just crazy enough to work. The single most important progenitor of rock 'n' roll a ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 12, 2008


    Get into the groove for Madonna’s 50th

  • Theater

    April 29, 2008

    Cry-Baby: Partial Arts

    Cry-Baby loves the 1950s, Honor loves samurai flicks, Paris loves Cole Porter

  • Music

    January 29, 2008


    Lionel Hampton brazenly guides jazz's evolution

  • Theater

    August 21, 2007

    Remembrance of Whatevuh

    Grease and A Midsummer Night's Dream revisit familiar territory

  • NYC Life

    July 24, 2007

    Watered Down

    The truth behind Hairspray

  • Film

    July 10, 2007

    Hairspray, Get Back to Your Roots!

    Movie musical of the musical of the movie is nowhere near divine

  • Music

    October 3, 2006
  • Music

    October 19, 2004

    Lip Stink

    A brief history of the ultimate pop faux pas

  • News

    November 5, 2002

    Jam Master Jay, 1965–2002

    Rhythmic Heart of the Kings of Rock

  • Music

    February 20, 2001
  • Dance

    August 15, 2000

    From the Field To A Garden

    The Fascination of What’s Difficult