Let’s Levitate Abbie From the Grave!!

Apr 12, 2016 | 2059 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 | 7471 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 »

Well, Here’s Another Clue for You All: The Walrus was Faul

Apr 1, 2016 | 4735 Views | 2 Comments

"We did it because we loved him." That was the caption under a photo of four smiling Beatles that graced the back cover of a special edition "Paul is Dead" magazine that I bought in 1970. Beatlemania had come and gone, but I wasn't ready to let go - especially of Paul, who was my current favorite. (There's nothing 10-year-old girls love more than doe-eyed creatures, be they boys or horses.) That 50-cent magazine became my trusted guide, leading me to the clues that proved Paul's demise. Yes, Paul was dead. And his bandmates covered up his... Read More »

A Cardboard Hitler on British Soil: His Command Performance for Sgt. Pepper

Mar 30, 2016 | 3302 Views | 3 Comments

Betcha didn't know that Adolf Hitler was almost on the cover of The Beatles' most revered album. That's right. When art director Robert Fraser and designers Jann Haworth and Sir Peter Blake began working with the band to conceptualize the cover art for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" they told each Beatle to compile a list of people they admired. Their idea was to create life size cardboard models of these characters and place them in the background, as an "audience" behind the Pepper band. The affable Ringo forfeited his choices to the others, who came... Read More »

Bloody Sunday: When Johnny O’Lennain and Paul McCartney Got their Irish Up

Mar 16, 2016 | 4836 Views | 5 Comments

In February 1972, Paul McCartney released a single that finally put him in the same league of controversy that his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon had long inhabited. That was the month Paul released his single, "Give Ireland Back to the Irish." It was his response to Bloody Sunday, a horrific event in which British soldiers shot and killed 26 unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders who were taking part in a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march on January 30, 1972. Paul's record company EMI reluctantly agreed to let him and his band Wings record and release... Read More »