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1999 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • 'Sunday Morning,' coming up

    published October 14, 1999

    Trying to capture Kris Kristofferson's life in a 2,000-word story is like trying to offer up the whole of the Atlantic Ocean in a teaspoon. Even... More >>

  • Reel challenge

    published October 14, 1999

    L.M. Kit Carson founded the USA Film Festival in 1970 for one reason: He needed a place to show his movie. Two years earlier, Carson and director... More >>

  • Mandy Patinkin

    published October 7, 1999

    Mandy Patinkin There's a lot to admire about the guy -- and not just that he had the good... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 7, 1999

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Xtra-Acme USA (Matador... More >>

  • The long goodbye

    published October 7, 1999

    He still looks young, even up close -- like a memory come to flesh-and-blood life, not yet the vestige of a hero. There is a little gray in the... More >>

  • No guts, no glory

    published September 30, 1999

    It begins with a simple request. "Do you want anything to drink?" asks the Warner Bros. publicist, a lanky young man outfitted in a pressed green... More >>

  • Self

    published September 30, 1999

    Self DreamWorks could have released Self's second full-length, this year's Breakfast... More >>

  • Emmylou Harris
       and Linda Ronstadt

    published September 30, 1999

    Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt It's easy to think of Harris and Ronstadt's new... More >>

  • Out There

    published September 30, 1999

    David Bowie "Hours..." (Virgin Records) He... More >>

  • Absolute Smash

    published September 30, 1999

    By all rights, Smash Mouth should have come and gone by now, one-hit wonders saddled up on their one-trick pony and headed into the dimming... More >>

  • Out Here

    published September 23, 1999

    Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks Noise and Smoke More >>

  • Out There

    published September 23, 1999

    Pete Townshendt Pete Townshend Live (Platinum... More >>

  • Here Comes Rhymin' Simon

    published September 16, 1999

    He's the finest pop singer-songwriter of his generation, which, by my count, was two generations ago. Paul Simon has released only three records... More >>

  • Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire

    published September 16, 1999

    It takes a while to get past the packaging of Andrew Bird's second disc, Oh! The Grandeur, and by the time you do, well, the music can wait... More >>

  • Chris Cornell

    published September 16, 1999

    Maybe it was inevitable that after years of playing sidekick to Kim Thayil's Led Zeppelin 3-Sabbath Bloody Sabbath riffs, Chris... More >>

  • Restless farewell

    published September 16, 1999

    Hibbing, Minnesota -- Maybe this is what he meant by bringing it all back home. On Wednesday, Bob Dylan returned to the town where he spent his... More >>

  • Ray Price

    published September 9, 1999

    In the end, the Cherokee Cowboy is known for two songs: "Crazy Arms," which made his career in 1956, and "Danny Boy," which ruined it 11 years... More >>

  • Yo, love me

    published September 9, 1999

    This is where it all gets brilliant, where the joke reveals itself as Swiftian satire so lowbrow, only the highbrow among us will ever get it. For... More >>

  • A woman's touch

    published September 9, 1999

    If you ever wondered what happened to Pauly Shore, look no further than the Circus Maximus stage at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. That's where he... More >>

  • Changing channels

    published September 2, 1999

    In January 1998, only a few days after he announced he was purchasing the Texas Rangers for $250 million, Tom Hicks sat in his opulent,... More >>

  • Talking Heads

    published September 2, 1999

    There had been nothing like it to that point, nor would there be again -- a film that got audiences dancing in the aisles, that turned movie... More >>

  • I don't want my MP3

    published September 2, 1999

    At this very moment, you can go to They Might Be Giants' Web site (www.tmbg.com) and download, in its entirety,... More >>

  • Mandy Barnett

    published August 26, 1999

    Mandy Barnett's Sire Records biography is the damnedest thing I have ever read from a record company. In spots, the thing looks more like a... More >>

  • L7

    published August 26, 1999

    Turns out Courtney Love's a pretty lousy role model after all. Just what does it tell women when the strip-club punk goes pop-pop-pop and decides... More >>

  • Mitch Marine, All Star

    published August 26, 1999

    As a kid, Mitch Marine would put on the headphones, turn up a Rush record, and play make-believe. He'd close his eyes and hear an announcer over... More >>

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