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Dick Valentine: Rock Star

Dick Valentine: Rock Star

Looking a bit like a beleaguered bathroom fixture salesman after his latest fall off the wagon at a roadside tavern somewhere in Iowa, Dick Valentine took the stage at the Valley Bar in Phoenix Tuesday evening. A devoted audience of 200 or so cheered their rumpled...
My Lemmy Memory

My Lemmy Memory

My Lemmy Memory: Lemmy Kilmister died yesterday. You might not be familiar, but trust me: he lives on in all of us. Lemmy accessed a deep reserve of antisocial anger and rebellion somewhere beneath the sheen of good times and prepackaged adolescence most know as Rock...
In Defense of Phil Collins

In Defense of Phil Collins

It’s easy to feel too-cool-for-school about Phil Collins. This was the guy who was in “Oliver!” as a child. He transformed Genesis from Peter Gabriel’s weird-ass prog rock wet dream into the world’s top purveyor of music-on-hold in the...
Taking a Sponge-Bath with B.B. King’s Band

Taking a Sponge-Bath with B.B. King’s Band

RIP to B.B. King. Eighty-nine years is still a long time for anyone, but especially a touring musician. But then many bluesmen have reached their professional peaks long after any “normal” retirement age. Maybe there’s something to be said for music...