Don Cornelius

  • 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

    February 12, 2012

    Live-Blogging The 2012 Grammys: Tributes, Tribulations, Skrillex, And The Return Of Adele

    via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?​Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... 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

    February 1, 2012

    Seven Classic Clips From The Soul Train Archives

    This morning, Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius was found dead from an apparent suicide at age 75, and the outpouring of grief and nostalgia was probably best summed up by the Roots' ?uestlove, whose Brooklyn Bowl party Bowl Train is an homage to the show. He wrote passionately about how the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    People Who Died 2011: The Year In Obituaries

    Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. ​In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Q&A: Dâm-Funk on Modern Funk and Back Alley Keytar Deals

    "I was tired of seeing the bell-bottomed guy with the rainbow Afro on compilation covers. It made a mockery of what funk is." Matthew ScottDâm-Funk The last time New York was privy to the backlit neon glow of Los Angeles' Damon Riddick a/k/a Dâm-Funk, he was on a (motherfucking) boat. It was jus ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 19, 2010


    Happy birthday, Soul!