Movie Review: Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic


I might be the world’s most critical person when it comes to biopics. This is often due to the fact that I am, at my core, a historian and value as much historical accuracy as is possible when it comes to these types of movies. Films have an impact and, for some reason, the vast majority of mainstream audiences tend to believe that what a biopic tells them about an event or someone’s life is basically true. I have seen too many biopics, especially music-related biopics, fail horribly at giving the real story (ahem, Oliver Stone’s The Doors…) so as you can imagine, when I learned that a biopic on one of my musical heroes (Brian Wilson) from my all-time favorite band (The Beach Boys) was in the works, I was super weary about it. Previous made-for-tv biopics regarding The Beach Boys have been, quite frankly, absolutely horrendous. I’ve been a devoted fan of The Beach Boys since I was about 11 or 12 years old and I have been researching them ever since – and so I went into the new Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy extra critical, knowing I’d pretty much be able to catch any inaccuracies (or outright lies).

Thankfully, I was not terribly disappointed.

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Featured in The Discographer’s Magazine’s June 2014 issue


Hello, everyone!

My work has been featured in the 78rpm Collectors’ Community’s June newsletter! I wrote a new article on jazz musician Frank Teschemacher and, with my permission, they also included my End of the Golden Age of Chicago Jazz piece, which you may have already read here on this blog. You can find my article on Teschemacher starting on page 52 and my Chicago Jazz piece starting on page 62.

Check it out HERE

The Liebster Award


Since I’m so new to WordPress blogging, I had never heard about this cute little award until I was nominated by my dear friend Nicole of Wanderlust Stardust. I thank her very much for nominating me, especially since I have only one post over here so far!

Apparently the award is a cute way to discover new blogs and learn more about the people behind the blogs.

Receivers of the Award must:

  • Answer the 11 questions posed to them by their nominators.
  • Post 11 interesting things about themselves.
  • Create a new list of 11 questions for future award receivers to answer.
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers with less than 200 followers for the award.

Since I don’t follow many people here on WordPress yet I probably will be skipping the last two rules but I might as well answer Nicole’s 11 questions and post 11 things about myself, so that any readers of this blog can get to know me.

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