David Luhrssen


David Luhrssen lectured at UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is author of Secret Societies and Clubs in American History, Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen, Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism, and coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Classic Rock, Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, War on the Silver Screen, Elvis Presley: Reluctant Rebel, A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890, and Searching for Rock and Roll. He has contributed to the American National Biography Online, the Grove Dictionary of American Music and 100 People Who Changed 20th-Century America and has been published in Historically Speaking, History Today, the Journal of American History, and other journals. Luhrssen co-founded the Milwaukee International Film Festival, is a regular contributor to WUWM’s “Lake Effect” program and Arts & Entertainment Editor of Milwaukee’s weekly newspaper, the Shepherd Express.

The Singles collects each of The Doors’ 45s, A and B sides both, on two CDs. more

Sep 20, 2017 9:52 AM Album Reviews

While some of the imagery in mother! is compelling, director Darren Aronofsky falls into the trap of contemporary horror directors for whom enough is never enough and subtlety is sacrificed for visual overkill. more

Sep 19, 2017 2:59 PM Film Reviews

Despite a long running time and a profusion of baroque horror visuals, It is an effective adaptation of Stephen King focused on a band of outsider kids forced to confront their fears. more

Sep 12, 2017 2:48 PM Film Reviews

Menashe is a moving and astutely observed film set amidst Brooklyn’s Hasidic community. more

Sep 6, 2017 9:29 AM Film Reviews

Frank Sinatra was still in his peakyears, a couple decades before time began to collect its inevitable chargesagainst his voice, at his 1962 concert in the Royal Festival Hall. Royalty waspresent, but all eyes were on the perf.. more

Sep 5, 2017 3:19 PM I Hate Hollywood

On Flying Carpet, the German world music ensemble Quadro Nuevo collaborate with Cairo Steps, a German jazz band, on an album that explores the music of the Middle East. more

Sep 5, 2017 2:50 PM Album Reviews

Milwaukee’s Mark Borchardt stars as a possible serial killer in Melonie Gartner’s new film, Where the Great Spirits Live. more

Sep 5, 2017 1:39 PM Film Reviews

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival, located this year at the Fox Bay Cinema Grill, offers two days of films 15 minutes or less in length. The selections are from all over the world but include many minority and women directors from Milwaukee... more

Sep 5, 2017 1:32 PM Film Reviews

The first American death in the conflict that grew into the Vietnam War was, in the words of Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, “the result of a tragic misunderstanding." Lieut. Col. A PeterDewey was in Saigon in 1945 trying t.. more

Sep 1, 2017 2:53 PM I Hate Hollywood

Colin O’Brien and Travis Burch release a new album, Avalanche, which includes a haunting rendition of the spookily enigmatic “Peggy-O." more

Aug 29, 2017 3:14 PM Album Reviews

In Slight Exaggeration, poet Adam Zagajewski argues eloquently against the flat irony of postmodernism and for admiration and enthusiasm in the humanities. more

Aug 29, 2017 2:20 PM Books

Whale Rider Film takes us to places we could never see and into lives we would never encounter. Niki Caro’s wondrous 2002 film Whale Rider does all that and more. Set in New Zealand amid the na,Home Movies / Out On Digital more

Aug 22, 2017 2:39 PM Home Movies

New biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, Gorbachev: His Life and Times, credits the Soviet leader as a visionary itching to transform the U.S.S.R. into a more democratic nation. more

Aug 22, 2017 2:27 PM Books

The sequel to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, shows the growing danger of climate change. It also spends too much time on Gore. more

Aug 15, 2017 3:00 PM Film Reviews 1 Comments

Recent Blu-ray and DVD releases include the Italian sex comedy-drama La Seduzione, a Hannah Arendt documentary, the lost German classic Variete and Emmy-winning performances by Harvey Korman on “The Carol Burnett Show." more

Aug 15, 2017 2:42 PM Home Movies

Recent Blu-ray releases include director John Hughes’ Prizzi’s Honor, the documentary Obit., the Estonian war movie 1944 and the Eagles of Death Metal concert documentary I Love You All the Time: Live at the Olympia in Paris more

Aug 8, 2017 2:14 PM Home Movies

Several documentaries have just been released on DVD or Blu-ray, including Kansas vs. Darwin, Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary, I Am the Blues and Alive and Kicking. more

Aug 1, 2017 1:15 PM Home Movies

The documentary Behind the Mask, the mockumentary Psychoanalysis and the Cold War espionage thriller Night People have been released on DVD or Blu-ray. more

Jul 25, 2017 1:57 PM Home Movies

Financial analyst P.M. White assesses his experience as a Chicago Uber driver in Buzz Ride: Driven to Disruption—Memoirs of an Uber Driver. more

Jul 25, 2017 1:21 PM Books

European group Talinka releases an album of undefinable yet jazz-influenced music. more

Jul 18, 2017 2:06 PM Album Reviews

The Spanglemakers regrouped last year to record a CD that features variety within an identifiable sound framed by Terrence Sippel’s earnest vocals and the band’s songwriting sensibility. more

Feb 20, 2018 4:17 PM Album Reviews

In Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession, Ken Albala travels far into the culinary unknown with handmade noodles in scratch-made soup. more

Feb 20, 2018 2:30 PM Eat/Drink

More than 50 years after he arrived in the pages of a Marvel comic book, Black Panther is the star of his own movie. more

Feb 20, 2018 2:20 PM Film Reviews

Aside from a clever step-through between past and present that is the movie’s recurring visual signature, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is flat and a little dull—aside from Annette Bening’s performance. more

Feb 20, 2018 2:15 PM Film Clips

Recently released on DVD: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters: Live at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, Crossing the Bridge/Indian Summer, The Guardian: The Complete Series, #artoffline. more

Feb 20, 2018 2:10 PM Home Movies

The inconspicuous new occupant on the block across from Bradley Tech, the Dream Lab, is a hybrid coffee shop/craft beer bar/gallery space. more

Feb 20, 2018 1:58 PM Short Order

If comedian Jim Florentine had a band, he might call it Rage Against Stupid. In Everybody is Awful (Except You!), he directs much of that outrage against the stupidity that festers online. more

Feb 20, 2018 12:17 PM Books

A magical realist before the term gained currency, Cuban author Alejo Carpentier brought surrealism to the telling of Haiti’s terrible history in his 1949 novella. more

Feb 20, 2018 12:12 PM Books


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As the Shepherd Express went to press this week, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele emailed and posted a statement entitled “You Spoke, I Listened.” more

Feb 13, 2018 5:19 PM News Features 1 Comments

André Aciman will discuss his novel, Call Me by Your Name, and its screen production (nominated for four Oscars) at Boswell Book Company on Feb. 19. more

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Photograph by Kwaku Alston

Black Panther, Early Man and the Milwaukee Creative Media Professionals' Virtual Reality Production are this week's Film Clips. more

Feb 13, 2018 4:00 PM , Film Clips

With a reconstituted lineup and the release of Fleetwood Mac in 1975, the band became hugely successful. The newly issued Deluxe Edition slipcase package contains the album on remastered vinyl as well as CD. more

Feb 13, 2018 3:10 PM Album Reviews

Two fine new jazz releases by piano-based trios—one is straight-ahead circa now while the other swings in a more traditional vein. more

Feb 13, 2018 3:10 PM Album Reviews

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: The Tiger Hunter, Conduct! Every Move Counts, Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, The Way West. more

Feb 13, 2018 2:10 PM Home Movies

The 21st Festival of Films in French runs Feb. 16-25 at the UW-Milwaukee Union Cinema and features the award-winning film by Tunisian writer-director Leyla Bouzid, As I Open My Eyes. more

Feb 13, 2018 2:00 PM Film Reviews

Queens College history professor Joshua B. Freeman sets out the role factories played in the construction of modernity in Behemoth. more

Feb 13, 2018 1:26 PM Books

Best of Enemies is an eye-opening graphic history trilogy on the long, often contentious relations between the U.S. and the Middle East. more

Feb 13, 2018 1:20 PM Books

The Shepherd Express Spring Arts Guide 2018 features interviews with six arts professionals who received training in Milwaukee. more

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In business since 1934, Mazos Hamburgers beats any trendy newcomer for flavor and variety. more

Feb 6, 2018 4:13 PM Short Order

Helen Mirren gives a fine performance in a chilling haunted house story, Winchester. more

Feb 6, 2018 3:30 PM Film Reviews