Mark Bego

Mark Bego: You May Not Be a Rock Star, But You Can Eat Like One

Rock and roll biographer Mark Bego is shifting gears with a big, bold and colorful cookbook. But he’s not straying too far from his genre. His latest is “Eat Like a Rock Star,” a compilation of recipes recommended by 46 artists, plus several of his own. Boz Scaggs, Richie Sambora, Joey Fatone, Micky Dolenz, Mary Wilson and Michael McDonald are among his rock star chefs. ...

Bob Dylan, Bruno Mars Lead List of Best 2012 Albums

Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Lana Del Ray, these are the artists whose albums did it for me this year. When it comes to a Best Albums 2012 list, I wouldn’t be satisfied without them. It was a great year in music, even if the industry continues to struggle. Here's why I thought these albums stood out. in no particular order:...

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Has Another Side–Survivor

Before Aretha Franklin was a pop legend, she was a gospel and blues singer. Like Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington before her, she has had to overcome prejudice, frustration, a teen pregnancy, weight problems and devastating emotional trauma during her career. Fortunately, Aretha has been able to channel her feelings into some of the most memorable and soulful music of the 20th century. ...

Bruce Springsteen's Second Coming as Seminal Rock Voice

Bruce Springsteen's performance on Jimmy Fallon's show this week in advance of his new album, Wrecking Ball convinces me that his newest effort is not only his best work yet, but that he has indeed become the voice of a generation. Honestly, no one writes like him anymore; it's pure, unadulterated craftsmanship. And, his rag-tag E Street Band is just totally in sync; they're flawless in their execution....