duke duke duke duke of earl

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THIS BRIEF PIECE on the Duke of Earl was in­spired by an equally brief ar­ticle on my other site ti­tled “earl earl earl, earl of grey.” That piece is not about a duke duke duke of any­thing, but about my en­joy­ment of Tazo’s Earl Grey tea, a bev­erage I have loathed for decades but—for some in­ex­plic­able change in my aging, testosterone-deprived taste buds—I cur­rently crave the stuff! READ MORE

whose response to whom with the stones-beatles-beach boys connection

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EARLIER THIS YEAR, I posted my first Amazon re­view, this one of the Rolling Stones’ album THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST. It had the over-long and gram­mat­i­cally cum­ber­some title of “Clearly their an­swer to PET SOUNDS—or at least Good Vibrations—SGT. PEPPER is ac­tu­ally as dis­parate an ar­ti­fact as REVOLVER.”

What the title was in­tended to mean is this: SGT. READ MORE

the transmogrification of free will into jukin’ bone

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IN 1970, local rock star and en­tre­pre­neur Joe Nar­done opened a teenage dance hall on the Public Square of down­town Wilkes-Barre, Penn­syl­vania. For­merly the Star­dust Ball­room, it was a second floor af­fair where cou­ples had prac­ticed ball­room dancing. It was just above the old Para­mount The­ater, then a first-run venue for new movies. Its trans­mo­gri­fi­ca­tion from old to new was per­fect for the time. READ MORE

was petula clark the best female pop singer of the ’60s?

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IN THE OPINION of many rock critics, the best all-around album by a white fe­male pop singer recorded and re­leased in the ’60s may be DUSTY IN MEMPHIS. But, for my taste, the lady with the best pipes and the best all-around taste in pop music in that decade was Petula Clark. And “pop” was the music she recorded throughout her ca­reer, which began as a child star in 1949! READ MORE

are we forgetting the pseudo-psychedelic sixties?

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I INITIATED A NEW TOPIC on the Record Col­lec­tors Guild web­site in Sep­tember 2004 ti­tled “The Pseudo Psy­che­delic ’60s.” I had hoped for a lengthy and en­gag­ingly ar­gu­men­ta­tive and in­for­ma­tive thread that went on for­ever. Below is what I got in­stead: it was fun, but I did not re­ally leave it with more knowl­edge that when I launched the con­ver­sa­tion.

The topic was sparked by a ques­tion that I had re­ceived on an ear­lier thread re­garding the use of the term ‘psy­che­delic’ to sell records in ad­ver­tise­ments on the in­ternet. READ MORE

when jackie deshannon walks in the room she’s got zest appeal

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BY 1963, JACKIE De­SHANNON had re­leased fif­teen sin­gles and she had just turned 22 years old! By the end of the decade, she would score a pair of Top 10 hits (What The World Needs Now Is Love and Put A Little Love In Your Heart) but would have prob­lems get­ting any of her other fine sides played on AM radio none ever came close to the Top 10 again. READ MORE

just how many people have died from a marijuana overdose?

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WHAT’S A “MARIJUANA OVERDOSE”? That rhetor­ical ques­tion was in­spired by the head­line “Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Mar­i­juana Over­dose” to an ar­ticle in to­day’s Huff­in­g­ton­Post (Sep­tember 4, 2013). It states that US At­torney Gen­eral Eric Holder wouldn’t in­ter­vene as Col­orado and Wash­ington im­ple­ment plans for a system of le­gal­ized mar­i­juana:

“In a joint letter written to Holder on Friday, law en­force­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions warned that his move would lead to more crime, vi­o­lence, and even death. READ MORE