Eastern Iowa in the sixties and early seventies wasn't exactly a hotbed for R&B. Local radio stations played the biggest hits, but nothing more. The cultural landscape was changing, however, and thanks to television shows like The Midnight Special, even whitebread America had a chance to groove to such things as the oh-so-smooth stylings of Philly Soul.
The annual Oscar ceremony is upon us. Film fanatics often disagree with the winners, but that doesn't stop them from talking about them.I've invested a lot of time into seeing the Best Picture winners and all I have to show for it is some random trivia!
The late Tom Clancy wrote seventeen novels, most centering on the character Jack Ryan. A new film, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is opening this month. It's the fifth Jack Ryan movie, but the first not based on a Clancy book. Here's a look at all of the Ryan films.
From time to time, a city not otherwise known for such, becomes a force in the world of music. In the eighties and nineties, such a place was Manchester, England. Known primarily as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester became a hotbed for rock and pop groups. From Joy Division to Oasis, Manchester had a steller, two-decade run of producing influential and dynamic music acts.
Jane Austen wrote just six novels during her relatively short lifetime. Dating back to 1938, when the BBC aired a 55-minute version of Pride and Prejudice, there have been over fifty Austen-related productions for the big and small screens. The Des Moines Public Library owns over two dozen of these productions.
Swedish music artists have hit the American top ten singles chart three times in the last year, their best run of success in two decades. Here's a look back at a few Swedish acts that have had spectacular success in the States.
The mockumentary, a mix of parody and documentary, is a comedy style that dates at least as far back as the 1950s.
Miley Cyrus, daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, is the latest child of a country music star to also attain major success in music.
It’s been five years since the height, or should I say the depth, of the Financial Crisis of 2008, the worst in America since The Great Depression almost eighty years earlier.