You can’t judge an album by its cover, especially when you’re dealing with long-overdue Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe. True, the cover of THIS TRAIN IN CONCERT—which, oddly, does not include the song “This Train”—resembles an unholy marriage of Harvard Graphics circa 1993 and a photo best suited for a pharmaceutical ad, but once you start listening, you’ll feel the spirit (and Rosetta’s guitar) move you, whether you want it to or not. I had to give it a second listen immediately, because I couldn’t believe anyone could be this damn good. O ye of little faith…
My latest Book of the Month club selection, Rachel Kushner’s THE MARS ROOM, surprised the hell out of me. I could never have imagined myself going through a novel so quickly, at least one that isn’t trashy crime fiction or celebrity bio. A compelling character study of an incarcerated woman that makes all those guilty pleasure Babes Behind Bars movies from my youth seem all too tame.
Dave Itzkoff’s biography of Robin Williams, simply titled ROBIN, offers a Morkload of insight into the actor and comedian’s life and work. Get ready to relive some of the highs and lows of this one-of-a-kind icon’s career, and get ready to have your heart broken all over again.
Back in February when Nikki Hedrick and I interviewed Stephen King and his dog Molly for a Very Special Pet of the Issue, he mentioned a short story he was working on called “LAURIE.” He did not tell us, however, that he would be giving it away for FREE on his website. Thanks, Mr. King, and thanks, Molly, for inspiring this delightful—and, of course, chilling—tale.
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By Charles Morgan III The beach that runs the length of the Panhandle of Florida was once known for its soft, snow-white sand. It is now getting recognition for the threatening...
The music-loving portion of the Beachcomber community—most of us, I’d say—got some devastating news early in the week when we learned that the talented young vocalist Buddy Brumit died in an automobile...
Towne: The Records That Changed Our Lives
Jon Decious: While there must be at least 100 records that have changed my life, looking back I think Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind might be the one responsible (to blame) for...
NOW OPEN SEED LIBRARY Walton County Coastal Branch Library, Santa Rosa Beach 850-267-2809 The library welcomes the community to participate in the “Community Seed Library” located next to the New Books section....
VS. – The Battle of Record Store Day 2019
A new feature, in which two Beachcomberland entities face off, and it’s up to our highly biased judges to declare a victor. Record Store Day (Saturday, April 13 worldwide) was conceived...
Thursday, April 11 AJ’S, Destin WILL & LINDA, 4-8 PM (Bimini Stage) CHASING JAYMIE, 6-10 PM (Tiki Stage) REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (Bimini Stage) AJ’S ON THE BAYOU, Fort Walton Beach CHRIS HAYES, 5-9 PM AL’S BEACH...