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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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Dining, SFoodie Bobby Lozoff: Local Liquor Legend and Inventor of the Tequila Sunrise

Bobby Lozoff: Local Liquor Legend and Inventor of the Tequila Sunrise

To earn the title of legend in the booze business, you need carry some serious credentials to the table. Enter Sausalito native, Bobby Lozoff. A Bay Area bartender with some 50 years of experience behind the stick, the man…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Gaga's Hoo-Ha, Britney's Toe, and Billy Joel's New Dancers

This Week: Gaga's Hoo-Ha, Britney's Toe, and Billy Joel's New Dancers

It's mostly about the ladies this week. There's Britney Spears who wants men to suck an unexpected body part of hers, and Jackie Fuchs who leapt to the defense of rape survivors everywhere after Chrissie Hynde said a bunch of…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Elton John Was the Perfect Person to Call Out Dolce & Gabbana

Why Elton John Was the Perfect Person to Call Out Dolce & Gabbana

If we've learned anything about Elton John in the last 40 years — you know, aside from his ability to nail timeless balladry and flamboyant clothing — it's that he's basically the master of shade throwing. This guy's armed…
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Music, All Shook Down The 5 Worst Appearances by Musicians in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

The 5 Worst Appearances by Musicians in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

Apparently, someone behind the scenes at Game of Thrones has really bland taste in music. Now, in addition to Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody making a cameo in Season 2, Coldplay drummer Will Champion is going to be joining the HBO…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Waits Solves His Riddles: A Music Video For "Hell Broke Luce"

Tom Waits Solves His Riddles: A Music Video For "Hell Broke Luce"

Nope, it was not a tour that Tom Waits mysteriously teased in a series of cryptic emails to every music journalist in America over the last week. Nor was it a cruise, a new album, or an Internet webcast, as…
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Music, Hear This Gram Parsons Tribute Concert: Show Preview

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert: Show Preview

Coincidentally, the late Gram Parsons is of the Order of 27, the age at which he, Amy Winehouse, and Kurt Cobain departed this mortal coil. He didn't quite invent country-rock, but he was among the first to combine the two,…
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Music, All Shook Down Groupies, Piss, and Penises: Five Shocking Music Memoirs

Groupies, Piss, and Penises: Five Shocking Music Memoirs

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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Switching Off Reason at Olive's Happy Hour

Bouncer: Switching Off Reason at Olive's Happy Hour

The best bars in S.F. don't have to try too hard. Olive is small and artfully arrayed, like a hipster Munchkin. Bright, abstract paintings line the walls. The proprietor has put a lot of DIY love into the place, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Scientists: Why Are Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards Still Alive?

Scientists: Why Are Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards Still Alive?

Neil Young's fictional Northern California town, "Greendale," depicted in new graphic novel.…
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Music, All Shook Down Aerosmith Announces Bay Area Date

Aerosmith Announces Bay Area Date

Though "Boston's Bad Boys"--technically they're Grandpas by now--jumped the shark several years ago, probably around the time "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" was featured in the God-awful movie "Armageddon," they're no denying Aerosmith have more stamina and staying…
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Music, All Shook Down RU Sirius Releases New Book on Drugs and Music

RU Sirius Releases New Book on Drugs and Music

  Rudy Rucker Yes, He Is: RU SiriusEccentric oddball and author RU Sirius --best known as onetime Editor of cyberpunk bible Mondo 2000-- has just released a new book, "Everybody Must Get Stoned: Rock Stars on Drugs." Sirius calls…
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He's Your Best Budd

If Slavoj Zizek is the Elvis Presley of cultural theory, then Robert Thurman is the Keith Richards of Buddhist theology. Seriously: The guy rocks incredibly hard, has serious staying power, and glamour just sticks to him. At Buddhist Daily Practice…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Fallen Angel Gram Parsons gains flight in new documentary

Fallen Angel Gram Parsons gains flight in new documentary

"We're talking about a very classic Tennessee Williams play here — Southern money and alcoholism. Just a tragedy." So begins director Gandulf Hennig's newly released documentary, Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel, with Chris Hillman of the Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers summarizing the…
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Music, Lizard Kings

Lizard Kings

With a couple of tours with the Killers under their hot little belts and the release of their new album, The Best Little Secrets Are Kept, the four guys who make up Louis XIV -- singer/guitarists Jason Hill and Brian…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

There's something about Louis XIV that sends the hot-chick quotient skyrocketing whenever the band plays live. Maybe it's the shaggy haircuts and cocksure swagger. Maybe it's the tight, Stones-y garage rock. Or maybe it's the lyrics, which go a little…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Imagine this: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Kiss' Gene Simmons are wrapped in white towels, sitting in the boys' locker room of Old Rocker High School, Rocktown, USA. They're minding their own business when who comes along? None other than the…
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Music,

The House of Tudor

He may look like a hippie, but Baby Gramps is actually a well-intentioned mountain man who's come down to the city to offer the friendly folk an earful of rudimentary aural record-keeping -- while relieving them of some monetary pocket…
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Slap Shots

Limo Ride to Babylon "Is this the person who writes the column about photography?" inquired the stuffy British voice one weekend morning. I replied that this was indeed the author of the column Slap Shots, and no, it was not…
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Through the Past (Lightly)

Rolling Stones Soldier Field, Chicago Tuesday, Sept. 23 When Keith Richards gets aroused, he gets a wild, distant look in his eye, his voice cracks, and his left leg rises slightly, the way a cat's hindquarters do when you stroke…
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