Welcome to Memorial Day kids.
Remember why you got the day off to swim, grill and drink beer.
We thank everyone for their service.
I spent a long weekend celebrating my boys. And learning about glam rock.
What do those have to do with one another?
- The new Star Wars
movie didn't open as strongly as many hoped. I think its entirely possible that Star Wars
fatigue has set in. The movies used to be a big deal. The length of time between movies made each of them an event to be relished. Now, in the aftermath of the Disney purchase of LucasFilm, the Mouse is cranking them out with nearly the same regularity as Marvel movies. That being said, I enjoyed Solo
. It wasn't a great Star Wars movie by any means, but it was a lot of fun. Fleshing out the backstory of Han Solo seems like a no brainer. He's a thief, a rouge, a smuggler...an anti-hero. We love our anti-heroes. Truthfully, the best parts of the movie were Han, Chewie and Lando. That was to be expected. It's not a movie I'm going to go out of my way to see again, but I sure found myself smiling throughout.
- I also took in the second adventure of the Merc with the Mouth. Guess what? More of the same. You know why? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Ryan Reynolds is still perfect as Deadpool. The movie took a while to really get going, but once it did, it was balls to the wall. Much like Solo, it didn't break any new ground, but it was a lot of fun.
SHOCK AND AWE
- after see The Struts recently, I've gone down a glam rock rabbit hole. Down that glitter spangled hole I ran into this book by Simon Reynolds
. 700ish pages later, I've been turned on to several new bands I didn't know about and given reasons to go back and dig deeper into some bands I know and love. It's not fair to call this book a primer, it's more of a crash course. From Bolan to Bowie to Cooper with stops at Slade, Quatro and Roxy Music, this book fills in a lot of holes in the history of an overlooked and/or maligned genre that has influenced generations of musicans. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!