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Hurricane Katrina and the Real Life Partridge Family

Teen idol stories never end well, do they? Don’t get me wrong.  Watching Justin Beiber flame out has been entertaining.  But really, he’s just another schadenfreude-inspiring example of the dark path down which tween popstersim generally leads.  In fact, this

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Chevy Chase on Drugs…Probably

You know Chevy Chase as the sketch comedy and film star whose act largely involved falling or having things fall on him. Whatever the permutation, the results were Nielsen and Box Office gold. And if you’re old enough to remember

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Who Is The Spoonman?

There’s only one answer to the question ‘who is the world’s foremost grunge spoon player?’ If you guessed Neil Crombie or Deb “Spoons” Perry, then you are weirdly knowledgeable about flatware percussion. But, you’d still be wrong. The correct answer is Seattle’s

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A Creed That Doesn’t Suck

If you’re anything like me, just the name Creed makes your ass pucker.  The word conjures thoughts of history’s worst band complete with the sound of Scott Stapp gargling his own balls through a microphone.  Just in case you want

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Screamin’ Jay and His 57 Children

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought it would be nice to honor Rock ‘N Roll’s most fertile procreator. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was famous for performing with the assistance of props. However, contraceptives were apparently not among them.

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Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue

If you lived in Manhattan during the beat era, chances are you saw this guy hanging around the intersection of 53rd Street and 6th Ave. Naturally, he seems like the kind of character New Yorkers would cross the street to

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James Brown: I’ll Go Crazy

James Brown was known for a lot of things, but sanity wasn’t one of them. He wasn’t just the Godfather of Soul, a Founding Funkster and the Preeminent Progenitor of Hip-Hop.  He was also batshit crazy. It was his shaky grasp on

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Hippies In the Army

We tend to think of war and rock music as having been two diametrically opposed forces in the 1960s. And they were. The Vietnam Era was the height of protest music, both at its most visceral and its most naïve.

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Hasil Adkins: The Rockabilly Decapitator (Probably)

Sometimes it’s an absolute mystery why an artist doesn’t become famous.  Maybe the guy was cheated out of success by record company shenanigans. Maybe he was derailed by military service or the call of God or a career in automotive

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Whose Mother is Glenn Danzig Yelling At?

Is there a more appropriate Mother’s Day subject than Glenn Danzig? The former Misfit catapulted to mainstream visibility in the ‘90s on the strength of his biggest hit single, “Mother.” Actually, the version you remember from MTV (and from Beavis and

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I’m Neil Young, Bitch!: The Unlikely Story of The Mynah Birds

Neil Young has played with a lot of people over the years. CSN. Buffalo Springfield. Pearl Jam. But who was one of his all-time favorite bandmates? I’m sure you were all thinking it was Rick James. Rick James and Neil

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The Horrifying and Completely True Story of Mayhem

I’m all at once excited and nervous to tell you the story of Mayhem. But a few notes of caution right up front. First, I’m not necessarily recommending that you listen to this band. If you’re dying to hear it,

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