Bob Dylan

This Week in Boomer History: John and Yoko … AZT … Who Shot J.R.?

Posted on 03/16/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is released March 19, 1962. The album contains only two original Dylan tunes. In response to Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter announces on March 21, 1980, a U.S. boycott of that summer’s Olympics in Moscow. On March 19, 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approves the antiretroviral drug AZT to treat AIDS. It’s the first drug to slow the development of the disease and opens the way to new therapies. Who shot …

The New Dr. Seuss … Keith Richards?

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentWho put the first paintbrush in the hands of Leonardo da Vinci? The stylus in the hands of Auguste Rodin? The guitar in the hands of Keith Richards? We may never know the first two. But with the news that Richards will publish a children’s book about his first guitar on September 9, we can pinpoint the third: It was Theodore Augustus Dupree, Richards’s maternal grandfather. The culture-shaping moment when that handoff occurred will now be captured by Richards in …

Pete Seeger: Folk Music Legend, Political Activist

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyPete Seeger, who passed away on Jan. 27 at age 94 in New York, accomplished the nearly unimaginable. He showed that one man, armed only with a banjo, a tenor singing voice and the courage of his convictions, not only could leave an indelible stamp upon popular music, but also challenge injustice and fight for a better world. Seeger helped popularize folk music, a genre derived from the traditional chants, hymns and laments of hardscrabble rural America, and wrote or …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Update: Dec. 6

Posted on 12/5/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentJust one bona fide grownup movie opening this weekend, but it’s a doozey: The return of the Coen Brothers and their favorite cameo star, John Goodman.  The New Stuff:     Inside Llewyn Davis Filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen made their name as outrageous geniuses (Raising Arizona; O, Brother Where Art Thou?; No Country for Old Men), but this time they’ve dampened their quirky tendencies—and created what may be their most balanced movie ever. Inside Llewyn Davis is a …

J.J. Cale: Rock Stars Made His Songs Into Hits

Posted on 07/31/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacySomehow, J.J. Cale never became a rock superstar, even though the great Eric Clapton once confessed that he looked up to the Tulsa-born guitarist and songwriter as a role model and Neil Young ranked his 1972 rock classic “Crazy Mama” as the one song that most shaped his own songwriting. That superstardom bypassed Cale, who died on July 26 at age 74 in La Jolla, Calif., undoubtedly had something to do with fate but probably more to do with principles. …

Two New Novels Tackle Regrets and Past Lives

Posted on 05/28/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentHow do you process regret at midlife? Two new novels tackle that question in interesting ways. The Original 1982 imagines what might have been if its protagonist, a singer-songwriter-waitress named Lisa, had decided not to terminate an inconvenient pregnancy 31 years ago. Lori Carson, the former lead singer of ’90s experimental band The Golden Palominos, hooks you with nostalgic references to bygone music venues like Folk City, the West Village club that launched the careers of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy …