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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, All Shook Down Chuck Prophet Takes Fans and Famous Guests on a Musical Bus Tour of San Francisco

Chuck Prophet Takes Fans and Famous Guests on a Musical Bus Tour of San Francisco

Chuck Prophet and Guests Feb. 7, 2012 The Catacombs Better than: Going broke at any nearby Mission District restaurant. To commemorate yesterday's release of his new album, Temple Beautiful, S.F. singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet and Yep Roc Records treated about…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stepping on the Past

Stepping on the Past

San Francisco invented denim jeans, Irish coffee, and the modern-day fortune cookie (we think). Awesome, right? There are endless amounts of fun historical facts about this city. Now consider places – namely, the bars and clubs that fueled musical and…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Ridin' the wheels of steel

Last week, my friends and I bought an audio mixer for a pal's birthday, which we presented to him at dinner. We made him open the gift while he was in the restaurant -- remember how much you hated that…
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Riff Raff

The Sultan of Rap Sometimes you're just laying down some soulful grooves at your favorite local club and a prince walks in, or very nearly. Last winter, Manifest Yesterday -- the funky groove collective that last week released a self-titled…
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Riff Raff

Swing Low After years of toil and custom tailoring, the New Morty Show are on the brink of breaking into the big league -- the band's first major-label release, Mortified, is due out on Atlantic in March. (A swingin' version…
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Riff Raff

Welcome to the Majors On Saturday, Dec. 6, Creeper Lagoon drummer Patrick Mangan took a day off from recording songs for a new album at Sony Studios in Santa Monica to headline a show at the Bottom of the Hill…
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News, Letters

Letters

Riff Off Sigh. When, oh when, will Riff Raff can the pompous literary masturbation that is being passed off as journalism? You know exactly the kinds of pieces I refer to: the "This band/concert/event/whatever is just SO unhip/passe/boring/whatever. And if…
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Riff Raff

Critic's Corner: The End of a Long, Long Story The Chronicle promised us a horse race but didn't even provide a winner's circle after the handsome steed, bloodied but unbowed, finally made it across the finish line. When the paper…
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Riff Raff

Things We Did on Grass Now we know why Chet Helms and company waited until October to throw a 30-year anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love: harvest. There was so much weed at the Sunday shindig in Golden Gate…
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Riff Raff

Selvin Watch: By the Numbers In newspaper writing, the saddest mistakes are the ones that are hard to make. That's why watching Joel Selvin's journalism career chokes us up so much. The Chronicle chief pop music critic, who wrote a…
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Riff Raff

Chapter 37 in an Ongoing Saga After the San Francisco Chronicle's two-year search -- two years! -- to add a second pop music critic to the masthead, we're suddenly looking at a horse race between two journalistic stallions. In case…
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riff raff

Take a Really Deep Breath Just as housewives of yore used to "extend" their supply of meat by adding increasing quantities of bread, grain, or sawdust to the ground chuck, it seems that your average daily paper can maintain the…
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Riff Raff

Selvin Watch (The Special Edition) When Riff Raff talked to Chron Entertainment Editor Liz Lufkin recently, we were mostly curious about one thing: What does Joel Selvin do all day? Even in his '80s heyday the pop-music critic didn't produce…
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Samples

Info:Correction Date: August 21, 1996 Samples By Jeff Stark Critical Void Eleven months on, the Chronicle still hasn't filled the position of departed pop music critic Michael Snyder. As a second-string writer Snyder balanced senior critic Joel Selvin's wintry coverage…
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Chatterbox

San Francisco Examiner Executive Editor Phil Bronstein is parlaying the rumors of the paper's demise fanned by the San Jose Mercury News stories about his newspaper into a positive spin, hosting a staff party at Delancey Street. Invitations reading "Yoohoo,…
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Chatterbox

You're all invited to Salon's dress rehearsal this week on the Web. The official launch date for the magaziney Web site (www.salon1999.com) is Nov. 20, but the staff -- mostly former Examiner writers and editors -- wants to sieve all…
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Raspberry Beret Readers of the Chronicle and the Sunday pink pages may have noticed the absence of a certain byline recently, that of pop music critic Michael Snyder, who has been writing there in some capacity since 1980. Rumors were…
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Chatterbox

If the mayoral candidates want voters to pay attention to this year's moribund campaign, they should elevate the level of debate. But given the current crop of lackluster candidates, that might be impossible, so we suggest that a gang of…
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