Jeff Mariotte
David Crosby and Graham Nash

Why is Contemporary Pop Music so Awful?

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We had a birthday dinner the other night (Max, 15), and we sat outside the restaurant on the patio. Because it was quieter than inside, I could actually hear the modern pop music being played over the PA system. I couldn’t differentiate between one song and the next–and it turns out, that’s kind of the […]

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Dennis and Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys and Me

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Most of what I write on here has to do with my professional life as a writer, but this one’s a little different–more autobiographical. Historical, even, since it goes way back into the early 1960s, before many of my readers were even born. The first record I ever bought with my own money–my first “grown-up” […]

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