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New Orleans’ Oldest Jazz Musician Dies At 103

New Orleans’ Oldest Jazz Musician Dies At 103

A long-lived New Orleans musician whose career spanned a remarkable nine — yes, nine — decades, as old as jazz itself, has passed away: Trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans’ oldest jazz musician, died on Saturday days after his 103rd birthday, local media reported. Ferbos stayed active long after reaching his century and last performed in public [...]

Blues Legend Johnny Winter Dies At 70

There is no word yet on the cause of death. Winter was a leading light among the white blues guitar players, including Eric Clapton and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, who followed in the footsteps of the earlier Chicago blues masters. Winter idolized Waters — and got a chance to produce some of the blues [...]

Rapper Andre Johnson Explains Why He Cut Off His Penis: ‘I Came Here To Be A God’

The rapper who mutilated himself and then jumped from a Los Angeles building has broken his silence about what happened. He can totally explain that whole “cutting off my man parts” thing. There are so many good reasons to hack one’s Johnson off that we’re glad he clarified as to why he would do so.. Also, [...]

A friend of mine asked me to help him with a video project. He was looking for a viral video that could be used to help increase Democratic voter turn out for the up coming mid-term elections. The idea was to make a few of those song parodies that sometimes go viral because they are [...]

Ramones Drummer Tommy Ramone Dead At 62

Tommy Ramone, aka born Thomas Erdelyi, died of bile duct cancer at his home in New York City. He was the last surviving member of the Ramones. It had originally been intended that Erdelyi would be the manager of The Ramones when the band formed in 1974, but then he was drafted as a drummer [...]

Grover Norquist Endorses Murdering Women And/Or Viciously Mocks Conservatives

Anti-taxtivist Grover Norquist is backpedaling like a Lance Armstrong sponsor over his apparent Twitter endorsement of murdering women for the crime of infidelity, insisting that his praise for Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” as “pro-family, pro-2nd amendment” was actually “mockery” of some sort. It all started with this tweet: @Bro_Pair Hendrix: “Hey joe..where you going with that [...]

Gerry Goffin, Music Legend, Carole King’s Ex-Husband Dies At 75

Gerry Goffin and then-wife Carole King wrote many of the hits of the 1960′s. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the Monkees, “Crying in the Rain” by the Everly Brothers, “Some Kind of Wonderful” for the Drifters [...]

Frankie Valli On His Rise From Newark Maintenance Man To Music Legend

Frankie Valli, whose “Jersey Boys” movie opens this week, talked to me about his July 4 PBS special and his rise to fame from the streets of Newark, New Jersey. Even as his songs hit the charts, he kept his job with the city of Newark, and when he bought a house it was a [...]

Led Zeppelin Sued Over ‘Stairway To Heaven’

The ’60′s group Spirit is suing Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin over the opening chord progression in “Stairway To Heaven.” The estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California alleges the famous fingerpicked intro is actionably similar to that of Spirit tune “Taurus” — a similarity Spirit fans, however many of them, have noted for decades. [...]

As if there’s not already enough wrong with the world, Americans were treated, this week, to the news that the Ice Cream Truck Song is racist, and not just a little, but like, 11 on the RAF™ Scale racist. Before aggrieved white people completely lose their shit over black people ruining yet another thing, though, [...]

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