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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: Kanye's Mouth, Björk's Exhibition, and Mariah Makes an Unexpected Friend

This Week: Kanye's Mouth, Björk's Exhibition, and Mariah Makes an Unexpected Friend

"When people think celebrity, which is the highest form of communication -- we're like walking networks or TV shows or brands in ourselves -- you don't think good taste. And I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It's like cursing.…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Quotes of the Week: MIA Needs Cash, GZA Needs Science, and Bieber Needs a Slap

Music Quotes of the Week: MIA Needs Cash, GZA Needs Science, and Bieber Needs a Slap

"ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million ?"M.I.A.'s message to Madonna, after the NFL demanded an additional $15.1 million in restitution from her over the 2012 Super Bowl middle finger incident (Twitter)."There was a lot of whining in rock at…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Prince played a stunning two-hour show at the Fox Theater on Saturday. It was announced only days before, at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, but the show still sold out in minutes. Those who snagged tickets got treated to a…
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Music, All Shook Down Diamond Dog: Five of David Bowie's Most Surprising Lovers

Diamond Dog: Five of David Bowie's Most Surprising Lovers

David Bowie is a maverick, a creative genius and, most importantly, he's still making great music. But, now that he's an elder statesman, it's easy to forget what a long and storied past this unconventional weirdo has had. Forget the…
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News, Your Humble Narrator On a Pedestal: Muni's Obsession with Dodgy, Expensive Hybrid Technology Ignores San Francisco's Deepest Transit Need: Transit

On a Pedestal: Muni's Obsession with Dodgy, Expensive Hybrid Technology Ignores San Francisco's Deepest Transit Need: Transit

When your humble narrator was small, Byron, the adult child of the woman next door, drove the most beautiful car in the world: An ivy green, mid-1960s Ford Mustang, with metal flake paint glittering in the sunlight like a T-shirt…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Musicians' Kids Who Have Better Jobs Than You

Five Musicians' Kids Who Have Better Jobs Than You

Guess what, everybody? Despite the invention of child labor laws, there are whole gangs of marauding teens with careers more dazzling and exciting than any of ours. How does this depressing turn of events transpire? Well, usually it happens because…
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Music, All Shook Down 6 Best Moments From the 12.12.12 Concert: Sir Paul and Nirvana, Bruce's Bulge, and More

6 Best Moments From the 12.12.12 Concert: Sir Paul and Nirvana, Bruce's Bulge, and More

Last night a gigantic fundraiser took place in New York's Madison Square Garden to raise money for Hurricane Sandy cleanup and relief efforts. This thing was almost six hours long. Six! We could've flown there in that time! In case…
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News, The Snitch New Study Reveals Just How Slutty You Are

New Study Reveals Just How Slutty You Are

Ribald researchers last year determined that San Francisco's liberal values include endless lechery and unbridled promiscuity. But that study stopped short, giving us no indication of how many lovers is too many lovers. Luckily for all you sex fiends out…
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Music, All Shook Down The 50 Best <i>Rolling Stone</i> Special Issues Ever

The 50 Best Rolling Stone Special Issues Ever

A magazine that you sometimes see in the waiting rooms of tire stores, Rolling Stone remains tirelessly dedicated to reporting on its own place in the history of the teensy sliver of music that its publisher enjoys. To that end,…
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Culture, Books "Season of the Witch": The Turbulent Growth of S.F. Values

"Season of the Witch": The Turbulent Growth of S.F. Values

"I blame Mick Jagger for fucking with black magic," Peter Coyote says a good chunk of the way into Season of the Witch, Salon founder David Talbot's sprawling, lurid, dishy, and electric history of how the San Francisco of good…
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Music, All Shook Down Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Since Monday, media everywhere has been agog at the news that Kim Kardashian and her husband of just 72 days are getting divorced. If you ask us, that union was doomed from the get-go. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With…
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Music, All Shook Down Mick Jagger Forms Supergroup "Super Heavy," We're Super Embarrassed

Mick Jagger Forms Supergroup "Super Heavy," We're Super Embarrassed

Mick Jagger threw his name into the running for what may become the biggest supergroup of 2011, joining Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Damien Marley, Joss Stone, and A.R. Rahman, composer of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, for what promises to…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Purple Haze Deconstructed

Purple Haze Deconstructed

Rock stars ooze confidence on stage. They have to. That’s part of what makes them rock stars. Think about Mick Jagger – even in his 60s the man looks like was born to strut. Jimi Hendrix also exuded his own…
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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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Film, Some Country for Old Men

Some Country for Old Men

Mick Jagger's most essential physical feature, according to Martin Scorsese, is his bellystache. On the poster for Shine a Light, the big-shot director's Rolling Stones concert film, Sir Mick is frozen in midsong aerobics, his back arched, his half-shirt raised,…
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News, The Snitch

Inadvertent Paris Hilton Sighting...

...Leads to Paris Hilton Citing (AKA Who Breaks a Butterfly Upon a Wheel, or Vice Rewarded?) I can count on the fingers of one hand the times I’ve intentionally watched Larry King conduct an interview. Only the one with Marlon…
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Culture, Books

Party Like a Rock Star Even When You're Poor as Dirt

By Camper English Alyson (2005), $12.95 Laid off and forced to work in the wobbly world of freelance writing, where little to no cash flow is the norm, author Camper English culled enough know-how as a nightlife correspondent to pen…
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