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“If music be the food of love, play on.”

Nicely played, William; nicely played, and while many individuals have an adverse reaction to Shakespeare— joining the ranks of countless high school graduates, all of whom lost the taste for prose somewhere between the umpteenth reading of “Romeo and Juliet” and the mandatory participation in the in-class performance of “Julius Caesar“— the ol’ playwright may just be on to something.

Music, that rare substance that possesses the power to echo the tales of past protests, bears the marks of the movements of generations and whispers the collective history of humanity.  A form of sustenance, music fuels individual appetites and brings friends and strangers to the table.

While musical starvation in our world of interconnectivity and online piracy is virtually impossible, I feel as though I’d be committing nothing short of forcible famine to abandon M.O.S.H. This project, which rose from the ashes of a class requirement, has grown into more than a method of grading and evaluation. It’s a form of sustenance. The time has come and, if I may borrow the immortal prose of Shakespeare, I intend to “play on.”

Write On: The Greatest Hits

In our modern world, the three-meals-a-day model took a stagedive. So, while waiting for that next big musical feast, nibbling is fully advisable and certainly recommended. Below, to save you the trouble of raiding the fridge of pop-punk, alternative rock and indie acoustics, you’ll find a collection of bite-worthy reads that should hold even the most insatiable appetite for a spell.

Enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Brandon Debes

A1 Carmen Magro discusses his musical influences, what brought him to music and what his songs mean to him and his fans

B3 Review: “Who Shot Rock and Roll” brings the genre to life

C5 I Call Fives receive praise for their latest endeavor, “Someone That’s Not You”

D4 Every Minute Can Kill discuss the band’s formation, “Faceless Creatures” and offer tips on being a success in the local music scene

E2 Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Alesana and Ace Built this City on Rock and Roll

Bonus: the possibility of a vending machine eating your last dollar bill is slim to none. No need to fear dropping all of your change and looking like a fool, falling to your knees in a desperate scramble to stop the coins from rolling between the Coke machine and your intended treasure trove of over-priced goodies. The tears when you realize that your last quarter just found its way into Narnia via the blackest of abysses; save them for the last all-nighter of the semester.*

*For the sake of artistic direction, let’s just assume that the above example is completely fictitious in nature.

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Review: “Who Shot Rock and Roll” brings the genre to life

The Allentown Art Museum

Paul Cole, a Barefoot Bay, Florida resident, held a very unpopular opinion: he didn’t like the Beatles. Despite his apparent unappreciation for the British boys’ music, Cole found himself inadvertently immersed in the realm of pop culture history when, while visiting London in 1969, happened to be standing near the now famous Abbey Road.

Who Shot Rock and Roll, a Photographic History, 1955 to the Present at the Allentown Art Museum functions in much the same fashion as Iain McMillian, the photographer who captured Cole just behind Lennon. The photo exhibit immerses visitors within the art and the music of rock and roll history.

Crowd Surfing from 1955 to Today

The photo exhibit– housed at the Allentown Art Museum until May 13– includes over 175 images of classic artists who defined the genre including, Elvis Presley, Nirvana, Queen and Pink Floyd, to modern-day acts such as, Amy Winehouse and Eminem. During my visit, the behind the scenes photos, images from live performances, portraits, conceptual images and album artwork honestly told the story of rock and roll. Visitors, carried along for the ride, milled from picture to picture as if they were surfing the crowds of 1955, making their way to the stage of today while passing through the movements— the rebellion, the freedom of expression, and reinvention— which have become synonymous with the genre.

Who Shot Rock and Roll, organized by the Brooklyn Museum in New York and guest curator Gail Buckland, transformed my few dollars into an all-access, VIP, backstage pass to witness some of the greatest acts the music industry has ever produced. The images of live performances, including the famous image of Paul Simonon of the Clash smashing his bass— if bells have yet to ring, think London Calling— buzzed with energy. One could almost feel the rebellion and excitement embodied in the images while, when viewing the behind the scenes images, one could gauge the toll rock and roll took on some participants; a feeling best embodied in a moving portrait of Kurt Cobain, captured back stage breaking down.

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