From the sedulous to the surreal in cultural context

Month: December 2014

Carefree/Blue Highways: On the Road with Mid-Seventies Malaise

In the mid-1970s America’s highways were apparently lonely places. Or at least they were a place where lonely people hoped to repair their fractured lives. Gordon Lightfoot’s tenth album, Sundown, was his most successful. The 36-year-old Canadian folk singer laid down the tracks in Toronto in November 1973. The record was out by January 1974… Read More ›

Huey Lewis and the News: The Applebee’s of American Music

  What does 1980s pop star Huey Lewis have in common with Applebee’s?  More than you might think. In 1983 Huey Lewis and the News put out their third record, Sports. They were following up on the success of their breakthrough second album, 1982’s Picture This. Members of the group had paid their dues in… Read More ›


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