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Culture, The Exhibitionist Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Bill Graham (1931-1991) was an impresario like no other.  Graham was the genius behind the legendary Fillmore, the venue that still operates at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. Graham's work as a concert promoter at The Fillmore was pivotal in…
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Music, Small Talk: How to Read the Latest Batch of Rock Tell-Alls

Small Talk: How to Read the Latest Batch of Rock Tell-Alls

Read enough rock memoirs and, after a while, their salacious revelations of sex, drugs, and regret begin to sound like small talk. "Nice weather we're having, huh?" you ask. "Yes, yes," Rod Stewart says. "Reminds me of the time me…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Things Pete Townshend Got Wrong About iTunes and the Online Music Industry

Five Things Pete Townshend Got Wrong About iTunes and the Online Music Industry

Last night, Who guitarist Pete Townshend made a rousing speech at a British radio festival, blasting Apple's iTunes store for its treatment of musicians "whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire." His speech even included a list of things…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Christian Documentary from the 1980s Says Rock Is Satan's Music: <i>Hell's Bells, Part 1</i>

Christian Documentary from the 1980s Says Rock Is Satan's Music: Hell's Bells, Part 1

In high school in the late 1980s, I wrote a book report on Tipper Gore's Raising PG Kids in a X-Rated Society. My report was primarily a list of the book's inaccuracies. I was incensed that Gore deliberately misquoted…
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Music, Brightblack Morning Light's slow-rock movement

Brightblack Morning Light's slow-rock movement

As the financial apocalypse looms and pundits panic about abstracted value, it makes sense to step back and think about our inner selves and how we tread in the real world. Ultramellow rockers Brightblack Morning Light's new album, Motion to…
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News, The Snitch Former Catholic Priest, SF Radio Host Popped For Kiddy Porn

Former Catholic Priest, SF Radio Host Popped For Kiddy Porn

Wow, I know I should be shocked, but somehow I'm just not. San Francisco radio personality and former Catholic priest Bernie Ward has been indicted on federal child porn charges. The KGO 810 AM News Talk Radio and GodTalk…
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Feed Your Hed

The recipe for happiness, as narrated by John Cameron Mitchell: "I put on some makeup/ Turn on the eight-track/ I'm taking the wig down from the shelf." With the film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, writer/director/star Mitchell took…
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Music, Reviewed Guided by Voices

Guided by Voices

What if we crapped immediately after we ate? An English muffin and a glass of orange juice. Crap. A bowl of pudding. Crap. An almond. Crap. Fortunately, we save up our digested food and then lay down a giant log…
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Music, Pop Philosophy Shop Till You Drop

Shop Till You Drop

Dear Diary: Today I bought a shotgun The holidays are upon us with a vengeance, like an off-duty S.F. cop after your doggie bag. Many people start to panic about gifts at this late date, rushing down to the local…
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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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