“Amy” and the Unsolved Mystery of Amy Winehouse

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Amy, the new documentary about Amy Winehouse, is an unsolved mystery and an all-too-familiar one. You know the story: a mercurial artist dies before her time, leaving behind grieving fans and an unfinished body of work. The movie leaves us pondering why she self-destructed and provides no easy answers. Over the ...

Whitney Houston’s great comeback

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Whitney Houston was a fading musical star when she died suddenly on February 11. Within the past decade, her moments of glory – a Top 10 single in 2001 and a chart-topping album in 2009 – were infrequent and overshadowed by embarrassments such as her short-lived reality TV series with ...

From Eminem to Warhol: creating art out of vinyl

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Daniel Edlen makes art out of vinyl LPs. Yup, I'm talking about the shiny black LPs that defined how we experienced music in the pre-digital era, which have become in vogue again more than 60 years after vinyl was introduced. Daniel's business, Vinyl Art, offers stunning images of iconic musicians ...

The reincarnation of Amy Winehouse

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Amy Winehouse is the latest example of how sudden death ignites the career of a down-and-out, self-destructive artist. You see it happen time and again: a troubled celebrity dies unexpectedly. Said celebrity then realizes a surge in PR popularity and revenue. I blogged about the phenomenon in 2008 in the wake ...