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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Rolling Stones, Hells Angels and Busted Heads at Altamont

Yesterday's Crimes: Rolling Stones, Hells Angels and Busted Heads at Altamont

A melee broke out on Dec. 6, 1969 in front of the hastily constructed stage at the Altamont Speedway as the Rolling Stones played "Sympathy for the Devil." Several Hells Angels jumped into the crowd. Sawed-off pool cues came down…
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Music, Hear This Cool Ghouls: Show Preview

Cool Ghouls: Show Preview

Did someone say jangly indie-pop was dead in San Francisco? Clearly they aren't hip to Cool Ghouls, an upstart foursome offering scrappy, reverb-saturated guitar glee with a touch of charming juvenilia. Yes, there are like 50 million other bands doing…
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Music, All Shook Down Marty Balin on Jefferson Airplane, Painting, and a Professional Farter

Marty Balin on Jefferson Airplane, Painting, and a Professional Farter

By ALEX HORVATH A musical riddle: What do Johnny Mathis, San Francisco's beatnik jazz scene, eastern religion, a notorious 19th century flatulist and painting have in common? Answer: They are brush strokes in the story that make up local rock…
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Music, Hear This The Love Dimension: Show Preview

The Love Dimension: Show Preview

There's a tradition of performers utilizing male and female voices in a distinctive manner: Johnny Cash and June Carter, Jefferson Airplane, X, and the Mamas and the Papas, among others, are remembered for their surging, arresting vocal blend. Add to…
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Music, All Shook Down Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick Is Selling Art to Help Legalize Pot

Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick Is Selling Art to Help Legalize Pot

And for today's Most Typically San Francisco news item, we bring you this: No, it's not a new ban on kittens. Rather, Grace Slick, singer of the famous '60s S.F. psych-rock band Jefferson Airplane, is selling new artwork tomorrow…
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Music, All Shook Down New Albums: Jefferson Airplane Live in S.F., 1966-1968

New Albums: Jefferson Airplane Live in S.F., 1966-1968

Few of the now-legendary San Francisco bands of the '60s stand out like Jefferson Airplane. There's the Grateful Dead, which got bigger and stayed good a lot longer than the Airplane did. But even in its "Dark Star" days, the…
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Music, All Shook Down SFJFF  Announces "Rockin' Puppet Mayhem"

SFJFF Announces "Rockin' Puppet Mayhem"

Q: when is a puppet show not just a puppet show? A: When the puppets referred to are the Puppet Folk Revival Band. On July 31st, CellSpace hosts the West Coast concert debut of Rockin' Puppet Mayhem: the Puppet…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Rich Unterberger brings rare rock flicks to the Haight

Rich Unterberger brings rare rock flicks to the Haight

On a foggy Wednesday night last month, 60 rock fans crowded onto folding chairs, plastic blocks, and floor mats in the basement of the itty bitty Park Branch Library in the Haight. The audience paid little attention to the long…
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Summer Guide, Summer Sixties Flashback

Sixties Flashback

Forty years ago, throngs of idealistic youth descended upon San Francisco with flowers in their hair for what is still known as the Summer of Love. That singular season spawned a vibrantly creative local culture, and helped launch a psychedelic…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Some of My Best Friends Are Records

Some of My Best Friends Are Records

Hello, My Name Is: Justin F. Farrar A quick scan of my 10 picks reveals that, yes, I did indeed apply affirmative action when determining my all-time fave Frisco jammers. I got the punks, the hippies, the blacks, the gays,…
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Music, Reviewed The Cuts

The Cuts

The Cuts' influences can pretty accurately be listed as the Stooges, Television, the Stones, and even a little Jefferson Airplane, but let me boil all that down for you: The band's new self-titled album (a rerelease of a limited-edition LP…
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Reel World

Cosmic Ray Glenn McKay's trippy light projections, wed to the subversive rants of Jefferson Airplane, create an instant time warp in a gallery high in the upper reaches of SFMOMA. It's a tad disconcerting to stumble onto the counterculture in…
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Various Artists Lyricist Lounge (Rawkus) Hip hop is about battles. MCs slip rhymes around competitors like lyrical choke holds, while turntablists scratch and cut against each other like baggy-panted gladiators. And for what? Competition. Competition hones skills, strips away fat,…
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