Remembering the “Wireless Phone” of 1922

Read more at Smithsonian Magazine. The umbrella is an antenna. Once upon a time–1922, to be specific–British Pathe, a moving pictures company, released a silent film called Eve’s Wireless. And why the fire hydrant? They need to ground the radio for it to work. In the early 1920s, “radios” were sometimes called “wireless telephones.” Watch as Eve and her friend fire up their portable crystal radio set to request a song from an operator. It appears to feature a woman using an early, early, early model of cell phone. She’s actually using a very, very, very early model of a portable radio or maybe a Walkman. Incorrect.   Oh, and it’s not raining.
Remembering the “Wireless Phone” of 1922

What’s It Like to be on the Road with Wu-Tang Clan? There’s a New Book About That.

What’s It Like to be on the Road with Wu-Tang Clan? There’s a New Book About That.
This calls for a book. As a music agent and concert producer (Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent and many more) Chris McKee has been around the block a few times, but little compares his time with Wu-Tang Clan. Here’s a preview.

The 2018 Coachella Lineup Poster Tells You Everything You Need to Know Where Rock Stands Today

The 2018 Coachella Lineup Poster Tells You Everything You Need to Know Where Rock Stands Today
More than ever, it’s clear that rock music in all its forms has fallen below rap, hip-hop, and R&B as a driver of popular culture in the US. See what I mean? But after dominating culture for more than 50 years, rock has definitely slipped from being the top music genre–at least in the US. If we look at the lineup as a snapshot of where music is at, a barometer of the American musical zeitgeist. Now let’s go back to the very beginning in 1999. (The situation is worse for EDM; that bubble seems to have burst). There’s plenty of rock on this year’s, but you do have to read the fine print; most of the rock acts are in tiny fonts. I DON’T KNOW ANY OF THESE NAMES!” You, my friend, are having a Generation Gap moment. Don’t get me wrong. Now let’s go back ten years. Notice anything different? The lineup for this year’s Coachella was announced yesterday, sending everyone to the poster to parse which bands are represented by which font size. Watch as music morphs away from the Alternative 90s to the hip-hop driven music of today. I’m not saying that rock is dead and is going to fade away. If you want to dig into the history of Coachella, here’s every poster published since 1999. If anyone wants to create a genre analysis infographic, be my guest.   But you don’t need a magnifying glass to determine what Coachella is all about this year. The Coachella posters don’t lie. If you’re a child of the 70s, 80s or 90s, I completely understand if your reaction to the 2018 post is “WHAT’S HAPPENED TO MUSIC?