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.” 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. 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. READ MORE

some commonly misused terms in record collecting

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THERE IS SOME CONFUSION re­garding the use of cer­tain terms for buying and selling records that is ram­pant on the In­ternet! It is also true at record stores, record col­lec­tors con­ven­tions, and through the mail using self-published sale lists, ads in mag­a­zines such as Goldmine—but not to the de­gree that ones en­coun­ters it on the ‘Net. 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

on paul williams, the father of rock journalism

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I WAS 28-YEARS OLD and living in St. He­lena, the heart and soul of Cal­i­for­nia’s Napa Valley. I had a day job learning the care and main­te­nance of plants at Four Sea­sons Nursery, which I en­joyed, as plant people tend to be friendly people. I was hardly wealthy—hell, I was barely sol­vent most of the times—but I felt blessed: I had a job and I was in love with a beau­tiful woman who was in love with me. 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