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Conspiracy Theories: Stephen King, Billy Joel, Stanley Kubrick and John Lennon

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. It also marks the beginning of a Golden Age of conspiracy theories that continues to thrive to this day. My first sense of the reach of conspiracy culture occurred while listening to a Woody Allen standup album back in the 80s. He quipped that he […]

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Bigger Than Jesus: Pope Benedict vs. Rock-n-Roll

It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but he didn’t like it. According to an Associated Press story published at the time of Pope Benedict’s papal reign, in 1986 the then-Cardinal Ratzinger denounced rock music as a “vehicle of anti-religion.” This is why Bono probably didn’t give him any shades (recall John “The Funky Pontiff” Paul II). […]

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5 Beatles Movies That Should Never Be Made

In the two years since Disney pulled the plug on director Robert Zemeckis’ long-gestating, 3-D, CGI redux of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, the filmmaker has finally grown philosophical about the project. “That would have been a great one to bring the Beatles back to life,” the director told Total Film Magazine. “But it’s probably better […]

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An Animated John Lennon Interview with a 14 Year-Old

In my early teens, I received John Lennon’s Skywriting By Word of Mouth, a posthumously published anthology of poems, stories, riffs and drawings that continued the ear- and eye-candy Dada established in Spaniard in the Works and tunes like I Am The Walrus. The book had all of the anarchy, but none of the angst, […]

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Beatles: When the Rain Comes

My parents, like those of a lot of kids in my generation, thought the Beatles’ music was a suitable alternative to the “baby Muzak” of traditional lullabies, which once comprised the soundtracks of pre-K lives. The Beatles’ blue, yellow and white periods (so-called for the dominant colors of their album covers, respectively “Sgt. Pepper,” “Magical […]