A tale of two burns: Lucidity Festival vs. Disorient Country Club

This August, approximately 60,000 people will descend on the Black Rock Desert north of Reno, Nevada, for Burning Man. Not surprisingly for something now in its 29th year, Burning Man...
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Boy About Town Number 38: Away From The Numbers

Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir, published by Windmill Books/William Heinemann. Most punk rock songs assumed that we had all been hardened by our upbringings, that...
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R.E.M. Unplugged

Got my copy of R.E.M.‘s “new” double CD, Unplugged 1991/2001, this week. It helps confirm why R.E.M. were America’s greatest group, ever. Indeed, one of the big regrets of my...
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Boy About Town Number 39: 1977

Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir, published by Windmill Books/William Heinemann. Every week, another group emerged, singing another message of teenage insurgence. Eddie and the Hot...
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Boy ABout Town Number 40: All Around The World

Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir, published by Windmill Books/William Heinemann. Best of all, ‘All Around the World’ was singing about the new while saying we...
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My Date with Keef

It was early 1989, and Keith Richards was on his final day at home before flying off to the Caribbean to record with the Rolling Stones for the first time...
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Boy About Town Number 41: When I Need You

Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir, published by Windmill Books/William Heinemann. Only then did it properly dawn on me that in my enthusiasm for Cindy, I...
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Book Review: One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson

PREMISE: Populist author takes readers on a journey across the American landscape at the peak of the Roaring Twenties.   PROMISE: “There are two kinds of readers: those who love...
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