Folks with Their Backs to the Wall by Gavin Lakin – Post 23

Another Long Island Ice Tea. Christ, get an imagination. Deep into the glum residue of Saturday night, the going-nowhere Lakers on the tube, I cackle inside as I observe the men at the bar twisting around like lemon zest, deluded, hoping, wishing for a honky-tonk angel who might meet their boilermaker glances and hold them … Continue reading Folks with Their Backs to the Wall by Gavin Lakin – Post 23

You Talkin’ to Me? I’m Mad as Hell, Stayin’ Alive, and I’m Gonna Fly Now; A Treatise on 1970s Cinema by Gavin Lakin – Post 13

Plush red carpeting surrounded by walls of art deco sconces dimming. Then total darkness. The curtain reveals the screen as if hiding an elegant silver gem. On your lap, an enormous tub of buttery, salty popcorn. Ushers with flashlights seat the late arrivals, careful not to blind patrons with their flashlights. Settled in, there follows … Continue reading You Talkin’ to Me? I’m Mad as Hell, Stayin’ Alive, and I’m Gonna Fly Now; A Treatise on 1970s Cinema by Gavin Lakin – Post 13

The Role of Social Commentary Songs in Popular Music; Preaching to the Choir or Effecting Change? By Gavin Lakin – Post 11

Some might say that there is no place in popular music for commentary, politics, and opinions - essentially sounding “preachy.” We’ve all been there in our own lives, when someone may be speaking to you directly or to a larger group about some idea or product, and you can feel the oily, snaky and unwelcome … Continue reading The Role of Social Commentary Songs in Popular Music; Preaching to the Choir or Effecting Change? By Gavin Lakin – Post 11

Disco: Villain or Catalyst for Change? by Gavin Lakin – Post 5

By the time 1977 rolled around, popular music was again going through one of its redefining moments. For the next three years, during the tail end of the 1970s, rock music began its unparalleled trajectory into what I call sonic schizophrenia. Where else but in the states could you find Disco (the Bee Gees, Donna … Continue reading Disco: Villain or Catalyst for Change? by Gavin Lakin – Post 5