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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.
Non-fiction edition of the Warren ReportMy first sense of the reach of conspiracy culture occurred while … Read on.

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

New PopeIt’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 … Read on.

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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 … Read on.

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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 … Read on.

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Beatles: When the Rain Comes

All aboard!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 … Read on.