Frankie Knuckles, Disco's Revenge, and Gay Black Music's Triumph

If you didn't understand how much Frankie Knuckles meant to people before last night, when news of the 59-year-old DJ and producer's death started spreading on social media, by now you probably do. If you need a lesson in what he meant to the world, watch the clip from the 2001 U.K. documentary about house music, Pump… » 4/01/14 5:27pm 4/01/14 5:27pm

Lou Reed's Secret Chord

Aw hell. Lou Reed is dead. There's a live version of "Sweet Jane" from 2003 that I can't find online right now but is worth a listen today, in the man's honor. Reed is noodling around with the song, working through that famous riff, more of a shuffle now than the strut you remember from the album. Just as the audience… » 10/27/13 4:09pm 10/27/13 4:09pm

L.C. Greenwood: The Smiling Badass Of The NFL's Baddest Front Four

The Steelers of the 1970s had the scowl of Mean Joe Greene and the gap where Jack Lambert's four front teeth should've been. But there was nothing quite like the menace presented by the smiling L.C. Greenwood, who died Sunday of kidney failure at the age of 67. A smile on that front line was like a fresh rose on a… » 10/01/13 4:26pm 10/01/13 4:26pm

Which Dead TV Person Got The Most (And Least) Applause At The Emmys?

The "In Memoriam" segment is an awards-show staple. Every year, we're provided a montage of those who died in the previous year; last night's Emmy Awards, though, provided a handful of dead luminaries their own, separate mini-eulogies. Of those who weren't given that honor, which one got the most appreciation from the… » 9/23/13 1:20pm 9/23/13 1:20pm

RIP, Tommy Morrison: An All-American Champion Finally Finds Peace

Former heavyweight contender Tommy Morrison finally died last night, bringing to an end his 17 year struggle with HIV and a life equally triumphant and tragic. Morrison's story is a metaphor for his time in the ring; an epic tale of opposing forces in combat: a spirit so boundless that it propelled him to overcome… » 9/02/13 1:11pm 9/02/13 1:11pm

Pat Summerall: The Last Of The Hard Voices

At my gym the other day, half of the television screens were showing an episode of Dr. Phil. You don't need me to tell you that Dr. Phil sucks, so I grabbed a magazine and went about the business of not looking at his big stupid head. But then I saw Pat Summerall in the studio with him and suddenly I couldn't look… » 4/17/13 12:30pm 4/17/13 12:30pm