The Essentials: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock ā€™n Roll

(As noted in my first Essentials entry, this is an occasional series in which I spotlight albums that, in my estimation, everyone should experience at least once.) The pages of history textbooks are filled will legions of folks who shaped the world, but – academia being what it is – many important people receive cursory […]

The Essentials: Olivia Newton-John – Totally Hot

(As noted in my first Essentials entry, this is an occasional series in which I spotlight albums that, in my estimation, everyone should experience at least once.) The history of rock ā€™nā€™ pop music is awash with artists whose careers were propelled by the 45. Aside from best-of collections, their LPs often seemed to be […]

The Essentials: Stephen Stills – Manassas

(As noted in my first Essentials entry, this is an occasional series in which I spotlight albums that, in my estimation, everyone should experience at least once.) In today’s age, the double album seems almost quaint: two vinyl slabs that, combined, hold anywhere from 70 to 100 minutes of music. But they were a Big […]