is a rock and pop documentary series, broadcast and on DVD, starting with The Making of Sgt. Pepper
. There were 38 more albums covered, plus five more in the Netherlands... [more inside]
"I've been called over the top," Steinman says. "How silly. If you don't go over the top, you can't see what's on the other side."
James Richard Steinman
is best known for
his collaborations with artists such as Meatloaf (Paradise by the Dashboard Light,
) and Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart
. His songs have been covered by artists such as Barbara Streisand
(Left in the Dark - here's Steinman's original.
) Barry Manilow
(Read 'Em and Weep, here performed by Meatloaf
) Air Supply
(Demo with Rory Dodd on vocals
) And of course, many of us have seen the “literal versions of his videos for Making Love out of Nothing At All, I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) Total Eclipse of the Heart
, inspired by his flamboyant, theatrical style, which does lend itself to parody.
But of course, there is much, much more. [more inside]
Batman: The Musical
was going to be written by Meat Loaf songwriter Jim Steinman and premiere in 2001. It was never finished, but demos and lyrics
to many of the songs survive, as well as MP3s on Steinman's blog.
Several of the songs such as Seize The Knight
, In The Land of The Pig The Butcher Is King
and Cry To Heaven
were officially recorded and released by Meat Loaf.
It has been nearly a decade since VH1 cancelled "Pop Up Video," but at noon ET today the show returns with 60 new episodes
. Their first video: Britney Spears' Til the World Ends
. The program's new incarnation will
also allow viewers to DIY their own "pop up" videos
and share them on Facebook and Twitter." [more inside]
30 years ago, the sixteenth and final issue of Pizzazz
magazine was published by Marvel Comics at a retail price of 75 cents. In addition to cover stories
like "Linda Ronstadt: Rock's Superwoman" and "Is Meat Loaf the Cutest Cultural Development Since the Pickle?", Pizzazz
published what is arguably the very first addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe
- a serialized comic titled "The Keeper's World"
. Appearing in October 1977, only 5 months after the theatrical release of what was not yet known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
, it comfortably pre-dates Alan Dean Foster's Splinter of the Mind's Eye
(March 1978) and even Marvel's own Star Wars #7
comic (January 1978). (previously)
Last weekend, (22-24 August 2008) saw the fantastic Reading Festival
take place (dodgy timeline
). Emerging from the National Jazz Festival
in 1961, it mutated into the National Jazz, Blues and Rock Festival festival in the 70s
, and on into the eclectic festival it is today. My personal faves were 1989
, but the best moment was seeing Meatloaf bottled off stage in 1988
! Due to the combined force of the BBC and the interwebs, most of this year's performances - many complete - are available online for your delictation... [more inside]