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.

Terrence McNally wrote thescreenplay for Frankie and Johnny (1991), drawing it from his 1987 off-Broadwayproduction, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune . With the help of directorGarry Marshall ( Pretty Woman ), McNally transformed a two-.. more

Sep 25, 2017 1:42 PM I Hate Hollywood

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

On their debut album, Loé Loá: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree, Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo brings a big cohort of drums, maybe even hollow tree trunks, to bare on their declamatory songs, and powerfully voiced singer Bets... more

Sep 19, 2017 2:11 PM Album 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

Britain’s long-running folk-rock band, Fairport Convention, released a box-set covering the band’s best years. Come All Ye: The First Ten Years is a well-selected collection of familiar studio tracks, outtakes and illuminating live performa... more

Sep 12, 2017 2:06 PM Album Reviews 1 Comments

Although she earned a solidreputation in theater and worked in 52 films, several hits among them, AnneBancroft stands out in many minds for one role in particular. In The Graduate (1967), she played Mrs. Robinson, the sexy and.. more

Sep 11, 2017 5:00 PM I Hate Hollywood

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

The essays in The Art of HorrorMovies chronicle the genre from its first stirring in the silent shorts ofGeorges Melies through the torture porn of the present day. But while the artof filmmaking and acting is alluded to, th.. more

Aug 30, 2017 3:50 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

The Russian Revolution and its ongoing effects on the world are among the topics of recent books by dissident journalists as well as scholars. more

Dec 8, 2017 9:21 AM Books

The Cameraman and The Disaster Artist are this week's Film Clips. more

Dec 5, 2017 2:52 PM , Film Clips

In the impeccably casted Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances McDormand gives a bravura performance as a mother seeking answers to the unsolved rape and murder of her daughter. more

Dec 5, 2017 2:45 PM Film Reviews

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: CSI: The Complete Series, I’ll Be Seeing You, The Settlers. more

Dec 5, 2017 2:30 PM Home Movies

In David Downie A Taste of Paris, the author waxes eloquently about the bistros, bakeries, boucheries and fish markets that fill the city, and the unpretentiously life-loving culture that has sustained this moveable feast. more

Dec 5, 2017 2:27 PM Books

El Patrón (2423 S. Sixth St.) sits under the shadow of the Basilica of St. Josaphat, and calls out from its corner location with a sign ringed by blinking Las Vegas lights. more

Dec 5, 2017 2:19 PM Short Order

Local historian Thomas H. Fehring, author of The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee and the Engineers Who Created Them, will take part in the “History for the Holidays” author event at the Milwaukee County Historical Society. more

Dec 5, 2017 1:30 PM Books

Mark Evanier’s award-winning Kirby: King of Comics and Reed Tucker’s Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle Between Marvel and DC illuminate reasons why comic books, once marginal, are now one of the strongest currents in the cultural mainstream. more

Dec 5, 2017 1:26 PM Books

On the shelf for music lovers this holiday season are books by African-American essayist Albert Murray, ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel, musicologist David Metzer and a rock photo collection from the Smithsonian Institution. more

Dec 4, 2017 1:40 PM Books

With its 1971 debut album, Montrose took the lead in new directions for heavy metal. The Deluxe Edition of that album includes many bonus tracks from the band's early days more

Dec 4, 2017 9:44 AM Album Reviews

Pixar’s latest animated feature, Coco, is a journey into a colorfully imagined land of the dead as 12-year-old Miguel seeks his long lost great-great grandfather. more

Nov 28, 2017 4:02 PM Film Reviews

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: From the Land of the Moon; Aquarius; The Last Laugh; Kill, Baby, Kill. more

Nov 28, 2017 4:00 PM Home Movies

The latest book by The New York Times bestselling author of The Jesus Cow, Wisconsin’s Michael Perry, is a meditation on humanity, rural life, fair-minded uncertainty and French philosopher-essayist Michel de Montaigne. more

Nov 28, 2017 3:45 PM Books

British historian Dan Jones illuminates his mysterious subject with lively prose in this riveting narrative about the powerful medieval Christian holy warriors, the Templars. more

Nov 28, 2017 3:45 PM Books


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Milwaukee self-help author Neil Panosian defines happiness and maps out how to get there in his new book, A Happy Life for Busy People: Powerful Secrets to Get You There Quickly and Easily. more

Nov 28, 2017 3:45 PM Books 1 Comments

Twentieth century comedians Red Skleton and Bob Hope are beneficiaries of expansive new DVD sets covering their years as television entertainers. more

Nov 24, 2017 8:10 AM I Hate Hollywood

A crack ensemble including his esteemed father, jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, accompany trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis on this live recording. more

Nov 21, 2017 2:33 PM Album Reviews

On this easy-going second album of the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series, Willie and his sons Lukas and Micah favor songs associated with Hank Williams (Sr.). more

Nov 21, 2017 2:29 PM Album Reviews

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Person to Person, The Journey, The Man Who Died Twice, The Honeymooners: Christmas Laughter more

Nov 21, 2017 2:03 PM Home Movies

As Richard L. Pifer reminds us in his examination of Wisconsin’s response to World War I, the Badger State was reviled around the nation as the “traitor state” and yet, “when the United States finally became ..." more

Nov 21, 2017 1:27 PM Books