Ahmet vs. Dweezil Zappa


It’s sad to see the two sons of Frank Zappa engaging in a bitter public battle over money and birthright. The New York Times detailed the feud in April, sparking an open letter from Ahmet to his older brother, and an angry response [both links fixed; the brothers deleted their posts] from Dweezil.

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David Bowie: The Brixton Years


David Bowie Brixton

David Bowie fell to Earth 69 years ago today, January 8, in this home at 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton. He lived here until he was about six, often dreaming of an exotic life filled with laughing gnomes, tin machines, and a beautiful Somali wife.

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Eddie Cochran’s last ride


A little over a year after “the day the music died”—when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash—Eddie Cochran met a similarly violent fate on April 17, 1960, dealing another critical blow to the fledgling rock ‘n’ roll genre.

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Edith Cavell – English nurse martyred 100 years ago


This is a scheduled break from my rock ‘n’ roll reporting to mark the centenary of the execution of English nurse Edith Cavell during World War I.

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Los Lobos at MacArthur Park, Los Angeles


Free is one of my favorite words, and Los Lobos are one of my favorite bands. Combine these two elements, and I made sure I was in the front row for the quasi-homecoming show by East L.A.’s

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Celebrity graves in England

 

I’m a terrible person . . . to take on vacation.

You might want to lounge on the beach, or go shopping or eating. I just want to visit celebrity graves and miscellaneous death sites.

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George Harrison’s houses


It all started for George Harrison at No. 12 Arnold Grove in Liverpool, in 1943. He lived here until the age of 5 with his parents and three older siblings.

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The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” turns 50

(Click hereSatisfaction turns 50 to buy the “Satisfaction” 12-inch vinyl reissue.)


Back in 1985 when I was in my last year at boarding school and filled with the usual teen anxieties, one of my greatest fears was that the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” would pass without appropriate recognition.

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