Author Archive: Eric San Juan

Here’s me being interviewed about GoodFellas and Raging Bull for TRT World’s Showcase

I recently sat down with TRT World, an international news outlet out of Turkey, to talk about two of Martin Scorsese’s landmark works, GoodFellas and Raging Bull as part of their Showcase series. Here is my interview: And here is the full episode, which is worth watching. They do a great job of diving into these topics: My book, The Films of Martin Scorsese: Gangsters, Greed, and Guilt, is due out September 20 of this year via Rowman & Littlefield. It is now available for pre-order. Learn more about it here.

Four Historic Keyboards And Their Mark On Musical History

Image Credit: Pexels, Free to Use Licence Keyboards have been making music since the third century BC when the Ancient Greeks invented the hydraulis, a primitive pipe organ. Since then, keyboard-like instruments have taken many forms, eventually becoming the electronic instruments that we know and love today.  The modern Casio keyboards and their equivalents that we play nowadays are essentially miniature computers and are capable of making a variety of sounds, but this wasn’t always the case. In the sixties, seventies, eighties, and even the early nighties, keyboard manufacturers were known for their signature sounds – here are four historic keyboards and the mark that they made on musical history.  The Mellotron Listen to the opening flute quartet at the start of The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry…
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Could You Start Your Day Better? Let’s Discuss

The way we start our day can have a huge impact on the rest of it. If we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, for example, we can feel grumpy and not ourselves all day. We could feel like nothing is going our way and that we have a string of bad luck. Starting your day positively can be the key to success, and often doing it just means changing your habits, trying new things and making a routine that you can stick to. So what can you consider doing to start your day in the right way? Here are some of the things to think about.    Image source – Pixabay – CCO License  Get a good night’s sleep One of the…
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Miles Davis, music, and toll of institutional racism

Miles Davis has been one of my favorite artists for close to 25 years. If I started going on about how his work has touched me, the scope of his influence, and the importance of his creative legacy, I’d be here all night. The act of expression through creation is sacred to me, and few exemplify this more powerfully than Miles Davis. Yet Youtuber Adam Neely makes an excellent point in the video below: A now infamous police brutality incident in 1959, just after the release of Davis’ masterful Kind of Blue album, almost robbed the world of 30 more years of groundbreaking music. It’s an unfortunate story all on its own, but it’s just one thread in a much larger tapestry. Miles was just…
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Sex, Saws, Stumps & Samara: Revisiting Fangoria 2005

This was originally published all the way back in 2005, at DVD in My Pants. The following version does not include all of the photos taken (by me!) for the piece. The formatting may be wonky, too. I’m posting it mostly to keep it alive online. Two days of axes, gore and bloody stumps might sound terrifying, but for fans of the horror genre, it was just what the (mad) doctor ordered on September 24 and 25 in Secaucus, New Jersey. For two days genre fans gnawed at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, where hundreds horror fans and a full slate of special guests offered up 48 hours of the mysterious, macabre and meaty. Read on as  launches the first in a month-long celebration of all things horror….
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