Leslie Gore on Owning Yourself

May 2, 2016 | 6762 Views | 4 Comments

Ladies, the next time you want to change your hairstyle or splurge on those Miu Miu pumps and your man gets bossy and tries to dissuade you, just say "you don't own me." Guys, the next time your lady tells you to turn down the car stereo or toss out those LPs that are hogging up space in the kettle cabinet, just say "you don't own me." People, the next time anyone tries to make you abandon your personal style or code of ethics to suit someone else, just heed some wise advice delivered in song... Read More »

A Man Walks Into a Bar: The Story of Klaus Voormann and The Beatles

Apr 29, 2016 | 7540 Views | 1 Comment

One night in 1960, German art student Klaus Voormann went out slumming and came home a changed man. He'd just had an argument with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr, and set off to walk the Reeperbahn, a boulevard in the St. Pauli red-light district of Hamburg, Germany. He heard some raucous music pouring from the seedy Kaiserkeller Club, walked inside, and discovered a band of five amphetamine-charged, leather-clad English boys shakin’ down the house. This was his first exposure to a rock-n-roll circus, and he was left – in his words – “speechless.” You could reckon that... Read More »

Come Together, Beatles: Here’s a Check for Three Grand

Apr 24, 2016 | 7445 Views | 4 Comments

April 24, 1976, marked the last night that Paul McCartney would spend with John Lennon. Paul and his wife Linda just happened to drop in on John and Yoko, unannounced, and the two former Beatles spent a few hours together in the Lennons' apartment in the monolithic Dakota Building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Don't you just wonder what the Fab Two engaged in on that Saturday evening? Did they take turns bouncing 6-month-old Baby Sean on their knees? Nosh on a jar of Yoko's expensive caviar? Play "Bohemian Rhapsody" on John's turntable, hoping Ms. Ono... Read More »

Let’s Levitate Abbie From the Grave!!

Apr 12, 2016 | 1948 Views | 0 Comments

Wanted: Charismatic crusader. Someone who can combine smarts, satire, moxie, and adrenaline to combat all that plagues modern society, from gas drilling to corporate pillaging.  Well, we have just the man for the job. Too bad he's dead. Attention: this is an important history lesson for all you sweet young things born after the baby boom!  The subject is Abbie Hoffman, who died 25 years ago today. He was one of the most colorful pranksters and political activists of the 1960s, and a hero to many.  He was a founder of the Youth International Party (Yippies) and... Read More »

They Had Mohair Rings, But I Had Jo Jo Gunne

Apr 2, 2016 | 7340 Views | 5 Comments

"No, Spiardi. I bought myself a ring that's too big." This is how Miss S.T. sarcastically answered when I asked if her boyfriend bought her the yarn-wrapped ring she was sporting on her finger. It had never occurred to me that the fuzzy bands worn by the A-list girls began their lives as one-size-fits-all pieces of cheap metal, purchased by hormone-raging boys to give to their pubescent paramours. The crafty lasses wrapped their tokens of love with angora yarn to obtain the proper fit, thus creating one of the most sought after status symbols of junior... Read More »