JULIA STANLEY LENNON, ALLERTON CEMETERY

When I last visited in 2008, this gravestone was still missing. My guess is that her daughter Julia Dykins Baird Lennon had it placed there after being unmarked for many years. Still a very moving place: imagine the young Lennon visiting his mother's ghost. … [Read more...]

10 INDOMITABLE LENNON TRACKS

This first list ran in the Kirkus newsletter this week, the second list got dumped: Riley's 10 Favorite Lennon Tracks"Ten is way too hard, but it's a very illuminating exercise," Riley said when asked to list his favorites. "Once you do it, you realize Lennon remains among a handful … [Read more...]

R.E.M., ROCK MECHANICS

Image via Wikipedia My favorite memory of REM: driving around upstate New York in 1985 to catch encores, which could include everything from "I'll Be Your Mirror" to "Hang on Sloopy." In an interview for Rochester's City Newspaper, Buck turned me on to the Plimsouls. Favorite obscurity: … [Read more...]

SINEAD, ROCK PROPHET

I have often wondered how long it would take for people to stand up for Sinead O'Connor and proclaim how right she was on SNL in 1992, or how demoralizing it was to watch her get booed off Dylan's stage a few weeks later. Like how many years will it take for people to start using the dreaded Vietnam … [Read more...]

ASTRID KIRCHHERR’S LOST 1963 BEATLES PHOTOS

Kirchherr, who is 73, gave up photography in the late 1960s, frustrated by the unending requests for her Beatles images. Yet she remains an indelible presence in the mythology of pop. It can be a heavy legacy. "I had a great time sharing my memories, but I'm getting a bit tired of performing," … [Read more...]

DETEROIRATA XI:3

BUT SCOUSERS DON'T READ THE SUN: Lennon's immigration form, c. 1980 FANTASY HITS: Eddie Floyd's "Big Bird," London, 2011 CHAIN OF FOOLS: Origins of Hip-Hop … [Read more...]