‘Springsteen & I’: A Love Letter to The Boss

I suppose it goes without saying that your level of enjoyment of the new documentary Springsteen & I, which premiered Monday night in movie theaters and screens again in select cities on July 30, will be in direct correlation to your proximity to New Jersey and/or your ability to recite all the lyrics to “Rosalita.” As I fall into that category of fist-pumping fans who have attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts, I had a great time watching it. But it …

Would You Want to Live in a Rock Legend’s Childhood Home?

Would you buy a house that a rock superstar is rumored to have lived in as a child? That’s a question that prospective home buyers will have a chance to ponder, now that a real estate agent has listed a four-bedroom, three-bath Cape Cod-style home in Arlington, Va., for $949,900. Aside from the covered front porch, hardwood floors and remodeled eat-in kitchen, there’s an additional selling point: The listing describes it as the “childhood home” of Jim Morrison, lead singer …

Ray Manzarek: 5 Facts About the Doors’ Keyboardist

One day in August 1965, UCLA film graduate Ray Manzarek was walking along Venice Beach in Los Angeles when he had a chance meeting with an old college acquaintance named Jim Morrison. In a moment that would later be enshrined in the mythology of rock music, Manzarek asked Morrison what he’d been up to since he’d dropped out of school. Morrison told him that he’d been writing songs. Manzarek was intrigued. “Let’s hear ‘em,” he said. Morrison responded by kneeling, …

Reg Presley: 10 Facts About the Rocker Who Gave Us ‘Wild Thing’

You may not know Reg Presley’s name, or that of his rock band, the Troggs. But if you grew up in the mid-1960s and had an AM radio, you instantly would recognize the distinctive growl of his peculiarly half-spoken, half-singing vocal: Wild thing You make my heart sing You make everything Groovy “Wild Thing” – an earthy, thumping three-chord guitar ode to youthful lust, punctuated by an oddly erotic ocarina solo – soared to the very top of the Billboard …

The Takeaway: Performing Helped Bruce Springsteen Cope With Severe Depression

By now, you may have heard about the New Yorker profile of Bruce Springsteen in which the now 62-year-old rocker talks about — gasp! — suffering from depression. The admission has swiftly been making the media rounds, because I guess it’s not every day that a symbol of good old-fashioned American working-class masculinity admits to something as unmanly as mental illness. And depression at that! Oh my. Generally when our rock stars have psychiatric problems, we like it to be something sexy, like drug addiction.

The Takeaway: Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Bob Welch Commits Suicide

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch died Thursday at his home in Nashville, in an apparent suicide. According to Reuters, Welch’s wife found his body with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and a suicide note. Police said Welch, 66, suffered from unspecified health problems.