Orange Coast, September 2012
Since Jeff’s death, his music has been named to assorted critics’ best lists. There have been biographies and articles and numerous documentaries—and, as a result, the posthumous spotlight has found his father, who was previously eclipsed by psychedelic, in-your-face ’60s acts. Tim also is the subject of several biographical books and a slew of print appreciations. His music is being rediscovered.
Emmy, No. 3, 2012
Damaged protagonists are a TV cliché, but there is nothing formulaic about Carrie Mathison of Showtime’s “Homeland.” Played with compelling edginess by Claire Danes, this senior CIA officer is caught up in a complicated scenario involving a perceived terrorist threat and a former American POW she believes to be a spy. But Carrie has a secret of her own: bipolar disorder.
by Peter Harry Brown and Pat H. Broeske
This intimate portrait of Elvis Presley, America’s favorite music idol, cuts through the lies and the legends to present the real Elvis Presley, a man who was troubled, talented, and unfailingly human. “Exhaustingly well-researched. . .the best bio ever done of the King of Rock ‘n Roll. . .There is a real affinity by the authors for the complicated, tortured Presley.” –The Evening Tribune (N.Y.)
Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2000)
As long as there are teenagers, there will be teen idols. From the vintage “Frankie” Sinatra to Elvis Presley, from the Beatles to David Cassidy, from the New Kids on the Block to ‘N Sync, the names and faces may change with the decades, but the emotions that drive the phenomenon do not. Teen idols are a rite of passage for pre-teens and early teens. They are dream mates who fuel romantic daydreams, and provide a safe release for hormonally-charged emotions. After all, unlike flesh-and-blood boyfriends and girlfriends, the teen idols make no demands.
The New York Times, November 19, 2006
Fifteen years after his death Miles Davis has been enjoying a comeback tour. A new marketing campaign, capitalizing on what would have been his 80th birthday earlier this year, has been touting Davis, the trumpeter, bandleader and jazz legend, as “the original icon of cool.”