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  • Movie: Inside Out

    Anyone seen the new Pixar movie Inside Out? What did you think? Something for 12yr olds? Would older adults like it?
  • New Steve Jobs biopic is shaping up to be Apple’s worst nightmare

    07/02/2015 10:25:07 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Venture Beats ^ | July 2, 2015 | by Chris O'Brien
    Above: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. Image Credit: Universal After mounting a campaign earlier this year to burnish the legend of Steve Jobs, Apple insiders will likely be tearing out what’s left of their hair when a new biopic is released in October.The first official trailer released yesterday for Steve Jobs depicts the legend in full jerk mode. Humiliating employees, alienating cofounder Steve Wozniak, and denying paternity of his daughter, Lisa.Starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Wozniak, every frame of the two-minute trailer shows us an arrogant, smug Jobs.The portrayal shouldn’t be surprising given that the script was written by Aaron Sorkin and...
  • Donald Trump's Miss USA Saved by Reelz After Getting Dropped by Univision and NBC

    07/02/2015 8:38:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Ace Showbiz ^ | 07/02/2015
    Miss USA pageant is rescued by Reelz. The annual beauty competition which is held by Miss Universe organization partly owned by Donald Trump was previously dropped by Univision and then NBC after the real estate tycoon made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants. "The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the Miss USA pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition," says Reelz's CEO Stan E. Hubbard in a statement. "As one of only a few independent networks, we decided...
  • This day in history - Recording of Mozart's Symphony No. 39 from 1944

    07/02/2015 8:19:03 AM PDT · by nwrep · 10 replies
    Berlin Philharmonic ^ | July 2, 1944 | nwrep
    Legendary German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler directs the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in this great interpretation of Mozart's wonderful Symphony No. 39. Recorded in Berlin, July 2, 1944.
  • ‘Terminator Genisys’ Review: Nonsense and Insensibility

    07/02/2015 4:31:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Terminator Genisys” tries to squeeze blood from a corpse, and the ghastliness isn’t confined to its star. At least Arnold Schwarzenegger has clearly been assigned the task of comic relief as the guardian robot who is now called Pops by the heroine he was sent from the future to guard. The whole thing is moribund, notwithstanding vast spasms of action gibberish, and despite the intricacies of good and bad outcomes that have been plotted on alternate timelines. On an alternate line with a better outcome, this movie, which was directed by Alan Taylor, would never have been produced. Yet here...
  • iOS 8.4 to be released 8 AM PT on Tuesday, iTunes Match song limit will increase to 100,000 in iOS 9

    06/29/2015 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 28, 2015 | by Benjamin Mayo
    Apple directors have been somewhat talkative over the weekend about the imminent release of Apple Music. Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, who now works as a Senior Director of Apple Music, blogged about the product’s launch. He reminisces on the history of digital music and radio saying that seeing Apple Music on stage at WWDC ‘it was hard not to feel like the last 20+ years was leading to this day’.Interestingly, Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8 AM on June 30th which includes the newly revamped Music app to support Apple Music. This is slightly earlier than the usual 10...
  • "Welcome to The Crazy Years" - a conservative hard-rock protest song, by Yours Truly [vanity]

    06/29/2015 10:58:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 66 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 6/29/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    I wrote this song about the events of the past few days. I could have been less polite. (With greatest respect, Robert A. Heinlein didn't know the half of it.) I write and record my music under the stage name "Hopalong Ginsberg." I considered using "Caitlynn Jenner," but I got a cease-and-desist letter from some geriatric tranny. For a free MP3 download of "Welcome to The Crazy Years," click here or click here.
  • Has anyone seen the "Max the Dog" movie yet and if so what did you think?

    06/29/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    29 June 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Just wondering if it worth my time/money to go see it?
  • Yacht Rock

    06/28/2015 4:44:04 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 67 replies
    The term "Yacht Rock" did not exist during the time when Yacht Rock was at its peak (roughly 1976-1984). I believe the term came into common usage when, in the late 2000s, an obscure TV show of that same name celebrated that era in "mockumentary" fashion. Yet Yacht Rock is a perfect description of the smooth, polished pop songs that came out of recording studios during that era by artists like Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Little River Band, and Boz Scaggs, just to name a few. When listening to this music, one can almost picture oneself plying the...
  • Yes Bassist Chris Squire Has Died - Following his battle with leukemia

    06/28/2015 11:22:49 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 68 replies
    Pitchfork ^ | June 28, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. EDT | Evan Minsker
    Chris Squire—the bassist, vocalist, and founding member of Yes—died last night following his battle with leukemia, according to a statement from the band. Since he started the group with Jon Anderson in 1968 until he was diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia in 2015, Squire was the only constant member of the group. He was 67. Squire grew up in central London, where, in 1964, he was suspended from school for having long hair. He played in a few bands in the 1960s, including the Selfs, the Syn, and Mabel Greer's Toyshop. It was through that last band that he met...
  • James Gang

    06/28/2015 8:39:09 AM PDT · by fella · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | early 70's | Vanity
    The James Gang of the 70's had some very presaging songs about what the socio-politics of their day would progress into in our time. Thanks Madness Kick Back Man And The Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero
  • Grateful Dead goodbye starts with parking lot busts, serious stage jams

    06/28/2015 8:02:31 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28 at 6:32 AM | Geoff Edgers
    The undercover cops didn’t help the vibe, most of all for Moondog. They wore jeans and t-shirts and carried backpacks that made them look almost like everybody else, except not really. They wouldn’t talk to me as they scooped up the spoils of the copyright shakedown – pins and t-shirts – and Moondog, growing uglier by the second as he stood helplessly next to his camper, cursed out the Dead, mocked Bobby and Phil Lesh, then pledged to return next time with bags of heroin decorated with Jerry’s face. Ouch... Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart won’t...
  • CNN Films presents: Glen Campbell - I'll Be Me documentary [tonight 9PM)

    06/28/2015 5:43:55 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 15 replies
    cnn ^ | 6-28-15 | cnn
    A beautiful, funny, inspiring film about music superstar Glen Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's disease before and throughout his sold-out "Goodbye Tour."
  • Smells like middle-aged spirit - boom in big outdoor music festivals may not be sustainable

    06/27/2015 10:12:20 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 38 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jun 27th 2015 | no byline - The live music industry
    TO JUDGE by the crowds making their way to Glastonbury Festival on June 24th, it is a good time to be in the music industry. This week nearly 200,000 revellers set up camp across several fields in Somerset, where the festival has been held nearly every year since it first started as a small, hippyish event in 1970. Now hundreds of live bands and DJs will perform on 90 stages over five days. Each punter pays Ł225 ($353) for the experience, which, thanks to the damp British weather, tends to be a muddy one. Glastonbury is perhaps the most striking...
  • The FRiday Night Movie (double feature) - Session Man (1991)

    06/26/2015 8:17:13 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    A double feature tonight. McQueen (James Remar) is a gifted guitarist who never quite got the big break, and works gig-to-gig as a session man. All that might change, though, when he gets a last minute call to work with a hot band with some major internal problems... 1991 Oscar winner for Best Short Film.
  • [Chicago] 1 Million Expected For This Weekend’s Pride Parade

    06/26/2015 5:22:55 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 56 replies
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 26 JUNE 2015 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    (CBS) – About 1 million people are estimated to line the four-mile Pride Parade route through Lake View and Uptown this weekend. Organizer Richard Pfeiffer in part responsible for keeping the parade safe. To help accomplish that, there will be “several hundred” police officers along the route, not to mention 90 off-duty officers, Pfeifer says.
  • Michael Jackson sighted moonwalking in the clouds over Goochland County, Va.

    06/26/2015 11:41:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-26-2015 | Kevin Ambrose
    The likeness of Michael Jackson was spotted in the clouds over central Virginia earlier this week, moon-walking through a thunderstorm. The photo went viral in the local news circuit and on social media — or at least as viral as a cloud story can go. You can see him in the top center of the photo above, taken in Goochland County, Va., on Tuesday by John Plashal. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I suppose it’s feasible that the King of Pop, with his quintessential black pants + white shirt combo is visible without much of a head or left...
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)

    06/26/2015 6:21:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    The Band, Youtube ^ | Robertson, Robbie. Virgil Caine is my name and I drove on the Danville train 'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again. In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive. By May the 10th, Richmond had fell. It's a time I remember, oh so well. The night they drove old Dixie down And all the bells were ringing, The night they drove old Dixie down And all the people were singing They went, "Na,na,, Na na na na na na na na na.'' Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me,...
  • These 5 Trans Models Are Changing the Face of Fashion

    06/25/2015 10:38:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | Timothy Mitchell
    Caitlyn Jenner may have snagged that Vanity Fair cover, but she’s not the only photogenic trans woman making moves and shaking up the game. Despite the ever-present specter of tokenism, openly transgender models have in the past few years forged an important presence in fashion — on top runways, in glossy editorials and even in high-profile campaigns. There’s still a long way to go, but as a toast to progress and Pride month (celebrated internationally in June), here are five barrier-smashing stunners who represent a good start.
  • Michael Jackson's estate 'has made $2 BILLION since his death'

    06/25/2015 5:34:25 PM PDT · by dennisw · 30 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 25 June 2015 | Heidi Parker
    Michael Jackson's estate 'has made $2 BILLION since his death' it was revealed on the six year anniversary of his passing at age 50 The King Of Pop was 50-years-old when he died June 2009 His estate was bankrupt at the time but has since made $2 billion The money comes from his movie This Is It, the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR by Cirque du Soleil and album sales When Michael Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50, his estate was bankrupt. But in the six years since his passing, a fortune has been made under...
  • Air - Johann Sebastian Bach (vanity)

    06/25/2015 12:12:09 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    The "Air" by Johann Sebastian Bach from the 3rd Suite for Orchestra (D major; BWV 1068)
  • Apple Music Signs Beggars Group, Merlin: Sources

    06/24/2015 7:48:11 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    Billboard ^ | June 23, 2015 11:27 PM EDT | By Shirley Halperin and Lars Brandle
    Beggars comprises the labels 4AD, XL, Matador and Rough Trade and has had a hand in the careers of Adele, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, among others; Merlin represents 20,000 labels and distributors worldwide. Apple Music, the hardware giant's soon-to-launch streaming service, has landed an eleventh-hour coup, striking deals with the independents’ digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, sources tell Billboard. Label group PIAS has also announced it has signed on. In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to...
  • Nina Simone Documentarian Reveals Singer's Shockingly Violent Temper

    06/24/2015 2:18:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 6/24/2015 | Chris Gardner
    Netflix's first commissioned doc paints a complex portrait of the legendary singer and her daughter. Filmmaker Liz Garbus: "I don't know how many of us could reveal [abuse] and not ask for editorial control."A version of this story first appeared in the July 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Director Liz Garbus paints a balanced portrait of the legendary Nina Simone in Netflix's first commissioned documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, including the emotional account from the singer's only daughter, Lisa, detailing the intense physical abuse she suffered at the hands of...
  • "Family Business" - a VERY demented, somewhat NSFW country song, by Yours Truly [vanity]

    06/24/2015 11:23:25 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 6/24/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    This song is not suitable for younger or more sensitive listeners. Or anyone else, really. To clear up any confusion, I write and record my music under the pen name "Hopalong Ginsberg." To create more confusion, 1-2-3 GoAt MiLk @#$%^!&#$%^ (((:{>-<--< spoOoOoOOOOooooon!For a free MP3 download of "Family Business," click here or here.
  • Tidal CEO Bails on Fledgling Streaming Service

    06/23/2015 10:23:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tue, Jun 23, 2015 | Matt Saincom
    Peter Tonstad, Tidal's interim CEO, who replaced Andy Chen in April, has resigned from his position at the streaming music service, according to Bloomberg Business. Tidal, owned by Jay Z and a bunch of his mega-rich musician friends, promises high-fidelity streaming, exclusives, and higher royalties for artists (combating a common complaint lodged against other streaming services). But those marketing points haven't been enough to help the struggling company acquire nearly as many users as cheaper streaming services like Spotify. Tidal released a brief statement to Bloomberg saying, “Current executives in New York and Oslo will continue to lead our rapidly...
  • Louis Armstrong plays Dixie

    06/23/2015 7:21:32 PM PDT · by cmj328 · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 20th Century America | Louis Armstrong
    Youtube video - click to listen
  • Dick Van Patten 'Eight Is Enough' Star Dies at 86

    06/23/2015 3:23:41 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 13 replies
    TMZ ^ | 23 June 2015 | TMZ Staff
    Dick Van Patten, best known for playing the dad on the classic TV show "Eight Is Enough," died Tuesday morning in Santa Monica. Van Patten's rep released a statement Tuesday, saying, "I am sorry to report this sad news. His family will not be doing any press at this time." He reportedly died of complications from diabetes. Read more:
  • A Lil Wayne Show Was Canceled When His Entourage Refused To Be Searched

    06/23/2015 10:50:11 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies ^ | 6/23/15 | Ryan O'Connell &bullet
    At a recent stop in Minneapolis, Lil Wayne had no problems getting through club security, but his entourage was another story… specifically, a story about a group of dudes who flat-out refused to be searched. The show ended up being cancelled, with the venue simply saying that “members of his (Lil Wayne) entourage refused to take part in the Venue’s standard safety procedures” in a Facebook post.
  • Helping tinnitus sufferers is just the start for Neuromod Devices

    06/23/2015 9:22:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies ^ | Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 01:25 | Olive Keogh
    An Irish start-up has created a completely new approach to the treatment of tinnitus, which uses technology Ross O’Neill of Neuromod Devices with a Mutebutton For some it’s a high-pitched drone, for others a whooshing, hissing or buzzing. The layman’s name for it is “ringing in your ears”. The medical term is tinnitus and it can completely disrupt people’s lives making it impossible for them to work, sleep, socialise or concentrate on simple tasks. There is no known cure. However, a new product from Irish technology start-up, Neuromod Devices, looks set to revolutionise its treatment. The product is called Mutebutton...
  • James Horner, Film Composer for 'Titanic' and 'Braveheart,' Dies in Plane Crash

    06/23/2015 6:01:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 22, 2015 | Mike Barnes
    The two-time Oscar winner, 61, worked on three James Cameron films, two 'Star Trek' movies and classics like 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Field of Dreams' and 'Apollo 13.' James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61. His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant.
  • "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel passes away at age 53 (professional wrestler)

    06/22/2015 8:48:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Wrestling Observer / Figure Four ^ | June 22, 2015 | Dave Meltzer
    William Ansor, who was once on the verge of becoming one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling in the mid-80s as "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel, passed away Monday at the age of 53.
  • Fallout from Taylor Swift's Letter: Apple's Eddy Cue Answers 9 Burning Questions

    06/22/2015 7:54:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    Billboard ^ | June 22, 2015 | By Shirley Halperin
    There's no more bad blood between Apple and Taylor Swift. After the singer took the hardware giant to task in an open letter, for deal terms specifying that no labels would be paid during a user's free 90-day-trial of Apple Music, the company backed down and changed course, telling Billboard Swift's words hit home.How long had they been contemplating the concession and will Apple, a company currently valued at $700 billion, eat the cost at its own expense? Those were just a couple of the questions we had for Apple senior vice president of internet services and software Eddy Cue.Apple...
  • Gunther Schuller Dies at 89; Composer Synthesized Classical and Jazz

    06/22/2015 8:33:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Allan Kozinn
    Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.
  • Ultimate Classic Rock Got It All Wrong: Here’s a True Ranking of the Beatles’ Albums

    06/22/2015 7:15:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/22/2015 | Chris Queen
    The folks over at Ultimate Classic Rock published their ranking of the Beatles’ albums a couple of weeks ago. God bless them, they tried, but they got it all wrong. So I’m here to set them straight with my ranking. Enjoy!13. Yellow Submarine (1969) #13 on UCR‘s listYellow Submarine is really only half a Beatles album — the other side is George Martin’s score for the lackluster animated film. Even the half that belongs to the Fab Four contains only four original songs joined by two tunes that appeared earlier. The Yellow Submarine soundtrack really only has value to hardcore...
  • Apple Reverses Royalties Policy After Taylor Swift Criticism (Cupoertino hot shots cave)

    06/22/2015 6:02:55 AM PDT · by dennisw · 28 replies ^ | 6 22 15
    Well, that was a “Swift” response. Less than 24 hours after chart-topping singer Taylor Swift criticized Apple for not paying royalties to artists during the three-month free-trial period for its new Apple Music service, the company’s chief content czar signaled the policy has been reversed via Twitter. “Apple will always make sure that artist are paid,” tweeted Apple’s Eddy Cue on Sunday night in a series of three tweets that called out Swift. Cue’s response may have headed off what could have been a bruising battle for Apple during a crucial period in which Apple Music is attempting to compete...
  • Star Wars sucks. There, we said it.

    06/21/2015 1:57:43 PM PDT · by OddLane · 30 replies
    Macleans ^ | June 2015 | Jaime Weinman
    One day in the 1970s, George Lucas screened a rough cut of his new movie, Star Wars, for his influential Hollywood friends. And almost none of them liked it. The plot seemed incomprehensible, the made-up fantasy names absurd. Director Brian De Palma, who had just had a big hit with Carrie, made fun of everything about the film, including Princess Leia’s hairstyle: “Hey, George, what were those Danish rolls doing in the princess’s ears?” Almost 40 years later, De Palma is mostly making low-budget movies, and the most-anticipated film of the year is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first...
  • Fathers Day Favorite Songs

    06/21/2015 1:26:51 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    How about posting some of your favorite songs about Fathers.
  • Taylor Swift boycotts Apple over tech giant's new streaming service decision not to pay artists

    06/21/2015 11:11:24 AM PDT · by dennisw · 102 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 21 June 2015 | By Afp
    The superstar said Sunday that she will not allow her album '1989' on Apple's new streaming service She explained on Tumblr that this was because the tech giant will not pay for songs streamed during free trial period These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much.' Swift's '1989' was by far the top-selling US album last year and remains high on charts - insisted that she was speaking for all artists and not just herself. Swift found the...
  • Many Indie Labels May Refuse to Sign Apple Music Contract

    06/20/2015 10:34:32 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | June 16, 2015 | By Steve Knopper
    "There definitely seems to be a coalescing of opinions to opt out," one indie label executive tells Rolling Stone Days after Apple executives announced their splashy new music-streaming service last week before a roaring crowd of developers in San Francisco, they presented 250-page licensing contracts to skeptical independent record labels. Indie sources say the tech giant does not intend to pay them royalties for Apple Music's free, heavily marketed, three-month trial period — and many are refusing to sign. "I hesitate to say 'everyone,' but a lot of independent labels are of the same mind — that it's kind of...
  • The big payback: why are rappers suddenly OK with shilling for big brands?

    06/20/2015 10:06:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 17 June 2015 09.02 EDT | Ben Westhoff
    As we learned from Mad Men, the advertising industry is ever intent on harnessing trends that are bubbling up organically. Countercultural ideals (say, hippie-era peace and love) are wedded to a mainstream product (say, Coke) and blasted to the mainstream before anyone knows what’s hit them. Which is why hip-hop and advertising go together so well. Firmly rooted in youth culture, hip-hop is edgy but accessible, a combination that companies adore. It can be exciting to see your favorite rapper validated in big-name plugs, whether it’s Jay Z for Hewlett Packard or Eminem for Chrysler. But for every carefully considered,...
  • Silent Discos Let You Dance to Your Own Beat

    06/20/2015 9:23:17 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 17, 2015 | COURTNEY RUBIN
    Just after sunset on a recent Friday night, what looked like a silent flash mob or a mass game of charades was taking place in a cordoned-off cobblestone square in the South Street Seaport: some 300 people dancing wildly, sans music. Or so it seemed. There were actually three D.J.s dueling for the crowd’s attention, but their tunes could be heard only through wireless headphones, which glowed red, blue or green depending on which channel the reveler chose... ...“I used to go to clubs, but the music is too loud,” said Andre Coppedge, 38... “Here you party the whole time,...
  • Cyndi Lauper and Van Morrison added to Songwriters Hall of Fame

    06/20/2015 9:07:33 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 June 2015 | No byline
    Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison and Lady Gaga have all been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The stars received their honours at a three-hour ceremony in New York, and many expressed surprise in their acceptance speeches... ...The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, was also inducted posthumously alongside the band's lyricist Robert Hunter. Country artists Toby Keith, who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and Bobby Braddock, who wrote Tammy Wynette's DIVORCE, were also honoured. And "poet laureate of the blues" Willie Dixon, who died in 1992, was cited for songs including Hoochie Coochie Man, I Just Want to...
  • The clot scare that led Samuel L Jackson to go 'hardcore vegan'

    06/20/2015 8:04:23 PM PDT · by dennisw · 46 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 20 June 2015
    Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson became an unlikely poster boy for veganism after losing 3st on a diet – and now he has revealed his motivation: he recently survived a life-threatening blood clot near his heart. The 66-year-old Pulp Fiction actor, who is fronting men’s cancer charity One For The Boys, claims adopting a no-meat, no-dairy lifestyle has transformed his health. ‘Because I was losing weight, people thought I was dying. They feared I had cancer, but I was just on a hardcore vegan regime,’ says the star. ‘My doctor said it was my greatest chance of staying alive –...
  • Jaws: The 40th Anniversary of the Movie That Changed Hollywood

    06/20/2015 7:31:28 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 94 replies
    Time ^ | June 20, 2015 | Daniel D’Addario
    Steven Spielberg's breakout film brought on an era of big spectacle Forty years ago Saturday saw the release of Jaws, an adaptation of a beach-read made by a promising but relatively untested young director, Steven Spielberg. Forty years later, Jaws‘ impact can be felt across moviegoing. The shark tale is perhaps most notable for its box-office success; Jaws became the top-grossing film of all time after its release (and did so more quickly than had its predecessors, with a marketing plan based on blanket advertising rather than a slow rollout). Jaws, with its technical mastery and ability to manipulate the...
  • The Air Waves

    06/20/2015 2:03:19 PM PDT · by mylife · 37 replies
    RNI ^ | 7/11/2003 | Allan H Wiener
    In this day and age of communication we have lost free speech and are losing our airwaves to the big corporate and government interests.
  • The Man with the Olden Gun

    06/20/2015 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    The Man with the Olden Gun: Sir Roger Moore reveals bid to bring back all the ex-James Bonds to star in a blockbuster together - but Sean Connery isn't keen. Seven time James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has revealed movie bosses are trying to shake-up the franchise by uniting all the men to have played 007 in one blockbuster film - but admitted Sir Sean Connery just can't be stirred. The screen icon has claimed producers are hoping to feature Sir Roger, Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan together on screen in a Bond equivalent of The...
  • 'Surf City' singer Dean Torrence, minus Jan, still rides the wave in his adopted hometown

    06/20/2015 9:46:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 20, 2015 | David Ferrell
    Surf City was a mythical place, a paradise for the era’s restless teens in the summer of 1963, when the song became the first surfing tune to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Fame came quickly for the Los Angeles-born duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who became stars in their early 20s. They would build on their success with hits such as “Dead Man’s Curve,” “Ride the Wild Surf” and “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” joining with their younger friends, the Beach Boys, in writing the anthems of the California coastal lifestyle. Skip forward more than...

    06/19/2015 11:44:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | 6/19 | Jaron Ikner
    High-profile murderers often attract a fringe element that is, in the face of all evidence, convinced of the accused's innocence. Jodi Arias is no exception. Except, one of her fans is a rapper. Thirty-four-year-old Kareem Williams, a.k.a. Lefty, is a fanatical supporter of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison earlier this year. Williams has recorded a song expressing sympathy for the woman, who a jury found to have slit the throat of victim Travis Alexander and stabbed almost 30 times. Like many other supporters, he...
  • Favorite Female vocalists ?

    06/19/2015 5:55:09 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 433 replies
    today | Me
    While I have a handful or more favorites, I am curious who my fellow freepers elevate to the top of their list? My list starts with; Annie Lennox Kate Bush Tracey Thorn (Everything but the Girl) And oddly enough Cindi Lauper There's soo many more. Dolly Parton is right up there.
  • Iron Maiden Announce New Album ‘The Book of Souls’

    06/18/2015 4:45:36 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 27 replies ^ | 6/18/2015 | Chad Childers
    It’s on! Iron Maiden revealed earlier this year that they were holding off on releasing a new album while Bruce Dickinson dealt with a cancerous tumor. But Dickinson has received treatment and got the “all clear” from doctors, and now fans can get ready for Maiden’s new album, The Book of Souls, coming on Sept. 4.