During the early 1960s, my father, songwriter Carl Sigman, and many of his "Great American Songbook" contemporaries watched in horror as airwaves and record stores were overrun by alien creatures making noises that, to their ears, did not qualify as "music." Carl came from a tradition in which songwriters wrote songs and singers sang them. Show More Summary
In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well—some inspired by a weekly theme and some not, but always songs worth hearing. This week: songs by unsavory people. Whether you believe Phil Spector killed LanaShow More Summary
We know Kanye can be a jerk sometimes, but does girl group-icon Ronnie Spector really think he’s that much of an asshole given the guys she’s gone out with? Namely, genius producer Phil Spector who has more than his fair share of character flaws. Show More Summary
A Phil Spector classic reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1962, today. The Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel” followed the predictable, but beloved, girl group formula: sickly-sweet names, infectious, unironic songs of love, longing, and disillusionment, and spellbinding women. Show More Summary
Phil Spector, Mick Jagger, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, and others have their insane moments both on and off stage, but none hold a candle to Bobby Bird. He is a man out of time, out of this world, and out of his mind. He is a tattooed, drug-addled, songwriter who was raised by a single mother and her rotating cast of men. Show More Summary
"Behind the Candelabra" has won the 2013 Emmy for Best Miniseries or Movie. HBO's Liberace biopic has earned itself a little more luster with its Best Movie win, beating "American Horror Story: Asylum," "Phil Spector," "Political Animals,"...Show More Summary
The Criterion Collection releases an expanded edition of Edouard Molinaro's La Cage aux Follesand Blu-ray edition of Martin Ritt's film adaptation of John LeCarre's novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold this week. The Phil Spector biopic...
Brian Wilson calls "Be My Baby" the "greatest record ever produced. No one will ever top that one.” It came from Phil Spector's Wall of Sound studios in LA with girls from Spanish Harlem whose lives were never the same. The NYT weighs in.
The Love Language Ruby Red MERGE Suppose Roy Orbison had teamed up with U2. Picture Morrissey produced by Phil Spector. Ruby Red, the breathtaking third album from The Love Language, might well be the result in either case. The brainchild...Show More Summary
Related: 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations HBO Entertainment/Films (95) Game of Thrones – 16 Behind the Candelabra – 15 Phil Spector – 11 Boardwalk Empire – 10 The Girl – 6 Girls – 5 Veep – 5 Ethel – 5 Mea Maxima Culpa: In the House of...Show More Summary
The ten-part History Channel miniseries was nominated alongside "Political Animals," "Top of the Lake," "Phil Spector," "Behind the Candelabra" and "American Horror Story: Asylum." read more
Tuesday afternoon's episode of Katie was entitled LOVE BEHIND BARS and if that doesn't make you wish you'd watched it, Katie Couric interviewed Phil Spector's wife Rachelle, former journalist Amy Friedman who married a man she met while interviewing him in prison, and Erin Brockovitch, recently arrested for a BUI (boating under the influence). Show More Summary
Corcoran State Prison, CA—In this tough prison there are few bright spots. Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan and many other convicted criminals who have committed despicable crimes wait here to simply die. Most other inmates will quickly get out and the rate of return is astronomical. Show More Summary
As Michael Buble readied his new album To Be Loved, he cited an incredibly specific influence to the record. “When we started [To Be Loved], the very first concept I had was to bring it back and make a Phil Spector wall-of-sound record — that great Motown, live and off-the-cuff feeling — and sing it... More »
Earlier this week I received an email from a publicist representing Rachelle Spector—wife of imprisoned Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector. Along with the email's content was a link to a new music video featuring Rachelle, 32, singing P.S. I...
Via Dangerous Minds: Phil Spector produced the Ramones’ 1980 album End of the Century. At one point during the recording sessions in Los Angeles, Spector held Dee Dee Ramone at gunpoint, and forced him to play the same riff over and over again. Show More Summary
First Jack Kevorkian, then Phil Spector. Which eccentric real-life accused killer will Oscar-winner Al Pacino tackle next? Pacino and his Golden Globe-winning HBO telefilm niche got the SNL treatment Saturday night:
. The dope that's addicted the nation Is FED produced fiat inflation A dangerous high We think we can fly It's only a hallucination The Limerick King.. Meet the Phil Spector of Fiat Finance
"I believe he's not guilty." "Are you sure?" "No, but I have a reasonable doubt." The last words spoken in David Mamet's HBO feature film "Phil Spector" are "reasonable doubt." The first words appear in white letters on a black screen: This is a work of fiction. Show More Summary
One day, there will be an opera called Phil Spector. For now, we'll have to be satisfied with The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector, an unusual and brilliant documentary by the BBC. Recently, HBO aired Phil Spector—a docu-drama of.....