Dick Clark

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Venice Film Festival: Al Pacino Re-Discovers His Inside Voice

    Most of us would agree that there's only one Al Pacino. But this year in Venice, there are actually two: Pacino appears in two films at the festival this year, David Gordon Green's Manglehorn, about a lonely Texas locksmith stuck in a romantic dream, and, playing out of competition, Barry Levinson's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    The Five Best Viral Christmas Songs of 2012

    If you evaluate your holiday season by the number of Christmas video clips you find on the Internet, then you would be hard-pressed to not consider winter 2012 among the best ever! From unexpected renditions of timeless classics to original tunes that are sure to become standards, there was no short ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy" Has The Expected Effect

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Dick Clark Revealed His Worst Celebrity Guest

    One of late TV legend Dick Clark's top credits was hosting The $10,000 Pyramid, which had everyday people paired with celebs, team members giving their partner clues to guess the magic words lighting up on the screen. A friend of mine was on the show in the '70s and years later ran into Clark, givi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Is Ryan Seacrest The Right Man To Replace Dick Clark?

    I was asked that very question by ABC news for this piece examining who can continue Clark's tradition, and here's what I said:

  • 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

    December 31, 2011

    The Times Square Ball Drop Works, You're Off the Hook [Video]

    The above video, from the AP, shows yesterday's successful test of the Times Square ball drop. Now that you've watched that, you don't have to watch it on TV tonight. You're welcome.

  • Voice Choices

    December 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Got Bucks? They Got Bubbly. New Year's Eve Restaurants If You're Feeling Fancy.

    The vodka-caviar room at the Russian Tea Room, perhaps?​ When the ball drops this New Year's Eve where will you be? Will you (A) be in Times Square crossing your legs and wishing you didn't finish the rum and coke you hastily poured into your Nalgene bottle on your way out the door? (B) At an ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2010

    New Year's Eve: Wild Card

    And now for something completely different

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Clip Job: Newfield Makes the Case for Bob Dylan

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 26, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 15 Brecht of the Juke Box, Poet of the Electric Guitar By Jack Newfield Norman Morrison burned himself to death to protest the Vietnam war, and when reporters visited his spare room they saw quotes fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Clip Job: The Beatles at Shea -- 20 Minutes of 'Teeny Screamers'

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 1, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 46 Requiescat in Pace -- That's Where It's At By Jules Siegel For beautiful Beatles did their number at Shea Stadium last Tuesday night as 45,000 assorted teeny screamers, ladies of high fashion, secon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Clip Job: The Apocryphal Teeny Bopper

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 14, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 39 The Apocryphal Teeny Bopper By Howard Smith and Jack Newfield A 13-year-old blonde-on-blonde named Cher Zimmerman, dressed in flowered bell-bottomed pants and a fur vest over her knish-size breasts, com ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 3, 2009
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    April 29, 2009


    Artifacts of the rebellious Beatle

  • Voice Choices

    August 12, 2008


    Get into the groove for Madonna’s 50th

  • 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

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2007

    Lou Reed Gets Syracuse Arts Medal; Induction Ceremony Definitively Not On Wild Side

    Hand over that Pioneer Medal, please. Also, a thumbnail gallery of Wire Images from the event here. "Who would've believed this one?" Lou Reed's rhetorical question was the opening line for his speech accepting the George Arents Pioneer Medal ("for excellence in the arts") from his alma mater, Sy ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    December 5, 2006
  • NYC Life

    December 5, 2006

    Wring Out the Old

    But Take It Easy on the Lamé

  • Music

    February 28, 2006

    Swing Me Back Home

    The career-launching music of another kind of '60s counterculturalist

  • Columns

    December 27, 2005
  • Music

    June 7, 2005
  • Music

    October 19, 2004

    Lip Stink

    A brief history of the ultimate pop faux pas

  • Books

    February 24, 2004

    Sounding Off

    A history of music-reproduction technology skips a groove

  • Art

    February 10, 2004

    My Big Fat Obnoxious Prank

    The Lawless and Ever Expanding World of Hidden-Camera TV

  • Film

    December 24, 2002
  • Music

    January 22, 2002

    Clichés for a Reason

    Not Knowing What Else to Do, Singers Sing 9-11 Songs

  • Music

    January 8, 2002
  • Music

    May 29, 2001
  • Books

    May 18, 1999