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Film, "Beware of Mr. Baker": Give the Drummer Some Slack

"Beware of Mr. Baker": Give the Drummer Some Slack

"Bonham had technique, but he couldn't swing a sack of shit," says great drummer and sack of shit Ginger Baker to interviewer Jay Bulger. This is one of many aperçus in Bulger's documentary Beware of Mr. Baker. Baker, who first…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music

Sizzle • Noise Pop festival announces first part of its 2011 lineup, which — to our delight — includes lo-fi R&B whiz How to Dress Well. • Stevie Wonder, Will.I.am., Joe Montana, and other famous faces show up for Neil…
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News, The Snitch Judd Apatow, Johnny Rotten and Timberlake: It's VVM ChainSmoking

Judd Apatow, Johnny Rotten and Timberlake: It's VVM ChainSmoking

Every day at noon, the SF Weekly.com news blog 'The Snitch' tours its peers in the Village Voice Media chain to find cool stories. This week on ChainSmoking, the celebrity-studded LA Weekly -d2 -- Summer Lovin', Happened So Fast:…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Rage is the bloody hellfire that powers kids up off the couch and into the mosh pit of life with one goal in mind: to fuck shit up. Back in 1976, the Sex Pistols stormed a complacent U.K. music scene…
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Music, The Clean; Slumber Party

The Clean; Slumber Party

In the late '70s, when the alternaworld sprang fully formed and safety-pinned from the head of Zeus (or John Lydon, depending on whom you ask), a quieter rock revolution got under way on the tiny Pacific island of New Zealand.…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

The emperor has no brains Some scribes are suggesting we place quotation marks around "President" Bush's title in order to show how slim his margin of "victory" was. In a recent issue of The New Yorker, cartoonist Art Spiegelman also…
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The House of Tudor

Soon after writing the remarkable autobiography No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, John Lydon began to record Psycho's Path, a deeply personal collection of songs that were perhaps an excrescence brought on by months of introspection. Where No Irish left…
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Suspicious Minds

A small man on a big stage looks and sounds far, far away. It's not just physical distance that separates him from the rest of us. Years and years stand between, blocking his little flailing limbs so that they could…
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Sunday in the Park With the Sex Pistols

It is a Sunday morning in Newport Gwent, and at 9:15 I board that eastbound train and go. An appointment with destiny. Maybe, even, an appointment with disappointment -- "I am the Anticlimax"? Note a few punks on train, almost…
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