Pop Life

The first thing I liked about Iggy Pop's new album, Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista), is that the band members are not just pictured but actually identified on the front of the album. It's as if Pop, who has been mostly a solo artist since his band The Stooges broke...

The St. Louis Artist Who Helped The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

EXCLUSIVE TO THE WRITE FOX BLOG Since Prince's death last Thursday, many stories have surfaced about his love of the arts and his compassion for others, but in 1998 both of those themes came together right here in St. Louis. The result was a lot of happier kids and...

No Stone Unturned

My Freshman year of college, I wrote a journal entry for English class that started, "I have been a Stones fan forever." That may have been hyperbole, but it is true that I–like millions of others–have never lived in a world without the Rolling Stones....

Apocalypse Prince

The first Prince song I remember hearing was "1999." It was playing on my sister's stereo as we got ready for church one morning. Its slowed-down-speech intro–"Don't worry, I won't hurt you, I only want you to have some fun"–sounded like both a promise and...

A Good Kind of Crazy

Like most people's, my life has a soundtrack. And like most people my age, it started with AM radio in the early-mid '70s, which morphed into FM radio in the late '70s, which segued into college radio in the '80s. And like all people do as they age, I romanticize the...