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Bob Dylan’s Ode to Frank Sinatra

Bob Dylan’s Ode to Frank Sinatra
BY JOHN ESPOSITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Back in 1964 and 1965, who besides Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra were more polar opposites in defining America’s generation gap and pop culture, especially with respect to the music and dress of the times. Dylan, whether he sought this distinction or not, was certainly viewed as one of the leading kingpins of the anti-establishment movement by nature of his protest songs, cryptic lyrics, long hair and unusual voice. This versus the "swinging" and "hip" Sinatra with his classic fedora, tux, pocket handkerchief, cuff links, silk tie, perfectly shined black shoes, and of course, "The Voice." Frank Sinatra, even dating back to the 1950s, was never publicly shy about expressing his disdain for rock ‘n’ roll, (although his opinion did soften somewhat in later years). In a 1957 article for the Los Angeles Mirror News, the Hoboken crooner said: “My only deep sorrow is the unrelenting insistence of recording and motion picture companies upon purveying the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear - naturally I refer to the bulk of rock ‘n’ roll… It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd-in plain fact, dirty-lyrics, and as I said before, it manages to be martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth…this rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore.”

 

'The Audience' Broadway Review: Helen Mirren Rules as Queen Elizabeth II

'The Audience' Broadway Review: Helen Mirren Rules as Queen Elizabeth II
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Helen Mirren splendidly portrays Queen Elizabeth II at various ages across the decades as the monarch deals with a series of prime ministers durin...

Add Action Park’s Sky Caliber Vertical Looping Water Slide to Your Bucket List

Add Action Park’s Sky Caliber Vertical Looping Water Slide to Your Bucket List
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

They said an actual vertical loop in a water slide couldn’t be done. But New Jersey’s Action Park has gained a reputation for making things happen.

Developers are workin...

Seaside’s Gentlemen of the Road: What to Know

Seaside’s Gentlemen of the Road: What to Know
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

British rock musicians Mumford & Sons have a lot of fans in Seaside Heights. It turns out the band members are fans of the Jersey shore community as well.

Mumford &a...

Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The title of this disappointing sequel refers to hotel owner Sonny Kapoor’s (Dev Patel) ambitions to purchase and renovate another hotel for elderly resident g...

'Fashions for Men' Off Broadway Review: Too Good for His Own Good

'Fashions for Men' Off Broadway Review: Too Good for His Own Good
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

The prolific and popular Hungarian dramatist Ferenc Molnar, who composed more than 40 plays during his 1910s-30s prime, is best remembered the...

'Lives of the Saints' Off Broadway Review: A Six-Pack of Short Comedies By David Ives

'Lives of the Saints' Off Broadway Review: A Six-Pack of Short Comedies By David Ives
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“Lives of the Saints” is a smart program of six one-act comedies by David Ives, author of “Venus in Fur” and other fine works, who first made ...

'Fish in the Dark' Broadway Review: Larry David Swims Through a Brackish New Comedy

'Fish in the Dark' Broadway Review: Larry David Swims Through a Brackish New Comedy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A dandy time on Broadway for people who don’t like seeing theater, “Fish in the Dark” is a new, um, play written by and starring Larry David.

Premi...

'Brooklynite' Off Broadway Review: Silly Superheroes Strut Their Stuff

'Brooklynite' Off Broadway Review: Silly Superheroes Strut Their Stuff
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A mash-up of misfit superheroes and nerds, “Brooklynite” is an awfully silly new musical produced by the estimable Vineyard Theater, which in ...

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