Comic Review: Ghostbusters #16
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Ghostbusters #16
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edits by Tom Waltz
Covers by Dan Schoening, Tristan Jones, and Roberto Goiriz
IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Ghostbusters #16 is the latest installment in the Ghostbusters 30th anniversary storyline “Mass Hysteria,” and let me give you a little advice — bring a scorecard!

Writer Erik Burnham brings everyone — and I mean EVERYONE — in the Ghostbusters universe for the epic chapter of “Mass Hysteria.” Just about everyone from the Ghostbusters films and even the expanded universe turn up for this huge fight with Gozer’s sister, Tiamat.

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Remembering The Late Marc Bolan Of T-Rex On His Birthday

Today marks the birthday of the late Marc Bolan, glam child who took that rock genre and amped it up several notches with his main musical ensemble, T-Rex.

The British-born Bolan fused together the sounds of the early Elvis-Sun-Records era coupled with some Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent, and electrified up with glam arrangements to become one of the genre’s forerunners. He had spectacular success in England during the early 1970s on par with The Beatles, in fact, even being immortalized on film about the whole escapade in the motion picture Born to Boogie directed by none other than the drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr.

With his wild, curly, large Adonis-style long hair, glitter affixed to his face, and a kind of star spangled multicolored fashion sense alongside the great rock and roll on amphetamines sounds, Bolan and T-Rex became a sensation in what seemed like overnight. In truth, Bolan had been kicking around in musical groups for a while prior to the success of T-Rex, some much quieter and more baroque sounding, almost like pagan style sounds which was the norm during that British folk rock era which was during the windup of the 1960s. With songs like the jaunty, fried blues “Jeepster,” the dreamy “Ride A White Swan,” “Telegram Sam,” the chrome fetishistic “Metal Guru,” and the grooving on a neon stick “Get it On (Bang a Gong), Marc Bolan and T-Rex were the most popular band in England by far, untouchable really during their heyday. Many of the aforementioned songs were number one smashes in England for Bolan and T-Rex when first released, and the band enjoyed success in America as well, although more limited than the frenzy of T-Rexmania on the other side of the pond. “Bang a Gong” became a hit, but Bolan remained, and still remains, more of a cult figure here stateside.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: T. Rex ‘The Slider’

The Slider, by T. Rex, led by the frizzy-haired musical wonder to behold Marc Bolan, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.

The follow up to their breakthrough release Electric Warrior, The Slider takes those sonically delicious cues and turns the heat up, fully crystallizing and realizing the T. Rex sounds, at once glam, hard rock, sprinkles of metal and early punk, all led and commandeered by the gargantuan presence of Bolan on razor-sharp guitar riffs and leads and vocals. This record is like early Sun rock and roll recordings from the 1950s amped way up, up so much the VU meter arrows went into the red and beyond. “Metal Guru,” “Baby Strange,” “Chariot Choogie,” and especially, undoubtedly “Buick Mackane” and the title track, are at equal parts emotional, rocking, intense, and amazingly spellbinding. Immense props for The Slider, check it for yourself and get ready to be blown away.

Also available in the sale for only $5 each are other T. Rex albums: Electric Warrior, Dandy In The Underworld, Bolan’s Zip Gun, Zinc Alloy & The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow.

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: T. Rex ‘Electric Warrior’

This month the classic T. Rex album Electric Warrior is available for $5 as part of Amazon.com’s 1,000 MP3 albums for $5.

Over 40 years old, glam rock icon Marc Bolan‘s songwriting still sounds great. Electric Warrior features the huge tracks “Jeepster” (which appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Deathproof) and “Get It On.”

Also available in the sale for only $5 each are other T. Rex albums: The Slider, Dandy In The Underworld, Bolan’s Zip Gun, Zinc Alloy & The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow.

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99 each.

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Hall Of Shame: 6 Bands Snubbed By The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

On Saturday another round of musicians and bands were inducted into Cleveland’s storied and controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The triangular glass edifice (which the term “glass house” certainly applies here) has been home to many musical artifacts and slightly biased and even ass-kissing styles in terms of its adoration and out and out blatant favoritism in terms of who gets inducted into this sprawling pyramid of a place.

The history of the hall itself is also as messy as the communal responses to it. The Rock and Roll Foundation itself was founded on April 20, 1983. But the physical building itself did not open until over 10 years later, finally opening on September 2, 1995. There were a few different choices originally where the building should have been built, Memphis (birthplace of Sun and Stax Records), Detroit (home of Motown Records), Cincinnati (home of King Records, which showcased early Rockabilly and James Browns’ embryonic musical start), and New York City (home of many songwriters and producers). But Cleveland was chosen for a few reasons. One, $65 million in public money was pledged to the funding of the construction, which certainly whetted the Rock and Roll board’s appetite; Two, many public polls favored Cleveland to having the hall built there; and most importantly, three, Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed has been considered in essence the first person to credit, acknowledge, and even coin the term “Rock and Roll.” Freed even organized in Cleveland in 1952 what is widely considered the very first Rock and Roll concert as well there. These factors were main catalysts in creating and finalizing the decision to have The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame erected in downtown Cleveland, where it stands today, right by the banks of Lake Erie, just east of where the NFL team The Cleveland Browns play in their stadium.

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