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In Response to: ‘Phil Collins Is One of the Most Important Musicians Alive’

September 18, 2015


Thanks to the miracles of Facebook and the Interwebs, I came across this article on a site called ‘Shortlist’ the other day: It’s a short piece. Read it if you’re so inclined. The gist? This Shortlist writer considers Phil Collins to be ‘one of the most important musicians alive.’ We all have our differences […]

American Masters on PBS: Nutty About the Nuge

August 16, 2015


The American Masters series and the Jane Goodall Foundation for Excellence in Simian Endeavors join forces for the first time to explore the life and work of musician, pundit, dried animal jerky entrepreneur and unincarcerated pedophile Ted Nugent, a human/orangutan halfbreed, who has had an extraordinary career in the musical arts. Filmmakers Derek Ben-Duron and […]

New Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist ‘Enjoying the Ride’

May 9, 2013


Jacksonville, FL Three months ago, Jimmy Lynn Montgomery was just happy to be scratching out a living on the southern club circuit. After two decades lost to alcohol and substance abuse problems, he knew he was lucky to be alive and making music at all, even at backwoods roadhouses for $50 a night. Today, as […]

Keef Chronicles: The Keith Richards Reader

August 2, 2012


Last June, a funny thing happened: two people got together for dinner. One was a former U.S. President, state governor, law school graduate and general all-around “doer of good deeds” who has dedicated his life, with a few notable transgressions, to public service. The other was a former junkie of spectacular notoriety, founding member of […]

Whitney Houston and the Star-Making Machine

February 13, 2012


It doesn’t quite rate “where were you when you heard?” status- she’d become too much of a tired punchline over the last few years- but it was still a shock to see Whitney Houston’s name go up on the Rock and Roll “they went before their time” masthead Saturday night. Obviously, I use the term […]

The Road to New Orleans

November 8, 2011


If you haven’t seen Tremé, the HBO series from Wire-creator David Simon, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Set in New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, it’s an Altman-esque patchwork of overlapping characters and story lines that creates a compelling narrative around the city’s struggle to rebuild. As someone who […]

Keef Chronicles: Flashback French Fries

August 21, 2011


Rome, 1972 Crashing for a few weeks at a friend’s villa between legs of the Stones’ world tour, Keith wakes up one afternoon with a craving for french fries. Finding that he’s alone in the house, he wanders out to the kitchen and starts rummaging through the freezer, grunting triumphantly as he pulls out an […]

Keef Chronicles: Rock and Roll Handyman

August 19, 2011


London 1987 Upset that Mick Jagger has blown off the Stones to tour the States as a solo act, Keith announces to friends that he’s giving up rock and roll and going straight. Two days later he shows up at the door of his local pub and offers his services as a handyman, brandishing his […]

Keef Chronicles: Amish Interlude

August 18, 2011


March, 1966 KO’d by 3 hits of mescaline during a tour stop in Hershey, PA, Keith goes AWOL and turns up a week later at the farm of Abram & Ruth Swartzendruber on the outskirts of rural Lancaster. Skeptical at first, the family slowly warms to him as he proves himself to be strong on […]

Keef Chronicles: Exercising Options

August 17, 2011


April, 2005 Unexpectedly pinched at the San Diego airport for a 1/2 ounce of cocaine he’d forgotten was in his sock, Keith pleads down to misdemeanor possession by agreeing to shoot his own exercise video at a local shopping mall and donate the proceeds to charity. Skeptics express their doubts as the date draws closer, […]

Keef Chronicles: Tofu Loco

August 16, 2011


Winter 2001 Out on the road for a grueling 10 city/20 show stretch, Keith hits a rough patch when his nutritionist puts him on an all-tofu diet and tells him to lay off the sauce. The resulting deficiency in his Vitamin C levels creates an extended period of obsessive/compulsive behavior that threatens to derail the […]

Keef Chronicles: Zonked Out in the Conch Republic

August 15, 2011


Key West 2004 Vacationing with friends on the 50 foot schooner Natural Tendencies, an inebriated Keith becomes separated from his entourage and accidentally stumbles into the World Sailfish Championship awards banquet on Key West’s Mallory Pier. After making small talk and posing for pictures, Richards abruptly lurches to the podium and yanks the microphone out […]

Keef Chronicles: Burbank Séance

August 14, 2011


November, 1993 Fox Television executives, desperate to hold on to advertising revenue earmarked for the just-cancelled Chevy Chase Show, try tricking Keith into hosting a replacement talk show as a stop gap measure. Network suits hire a psychic who, using a complicated system of wires and pulleys, enacts a fake séance in which the ghost […]

Keef Chronicles: The Dartford Latino

August 13, 2011


February, 1993 Keef gets bitten by the acting bug and has his people set up a meeting with director Brian DePalma, still casting for the lead in Carlito’s Way. Desperate to impress DePalma with how “method” he is, Richards undergoes melanin treatments to darken his skin, grows a pencil mustache, and eats plantain chips for […]

Keef Chronicles: The Kool Aid Incident

August 12, 2011


June 17th, 1997 In a protest over unpaid wages, Keith’s guitar tech soaks the master’s telecaster strings in Kool Aid before a show at RFK Stadium on the “Bridges to Babylon” tour. Keith, busy kibitzing backstage with magician Doug Henning and the young actor who played “Eddie” in “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” doesn’t notice […]

Reader Mailbag: The ‘Journey’ Dilemma, Strange BBQ, and My Brief Prison Stint

August 4, 2011


It’s been about a month since I started this goofy screed and in that time, like lonely iron filings to a rusted old magnet, I’ve managed to attract a few dribs and drabs of correspondence. Most have been encouraging, some have been confusing and still others have looked like drunk dials intended for whereabouts unknown. […]

Amy Winehouse Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

July 26, 2011


Amy Winehouse passed away Saturday. The cause of death is still undetermined but the coroner’s report is likely to contain words like “toxicity,” “intoxicant,” and “narcotic.”  It may contain all three. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with a television or an internet connection — with more methods for delivering salacious details to […]

Blogger Sets Record Straight: Journey Not Being Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

July 18, 2011


WordPress blogger Furious Machine, blithely unaware that his snarky post about the apocalyptic unlikelihood of the band Journey ever being elected to the Rock Hall of Fame was in danger of being misinterpreted by 2 0r 3 unsuspecting Googlists, set the record straight in a new post shortly before bursting into flames as the elliptical […]

Secret Service Agent Gives Account of Clinton, Richards Summit in Lower East Side Eatery

July 13, 2011


On June 8th, former President Bill Clinton and Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards were spotted exiting the NYC eatery Craft after an informal night of dinner and cocktails. While a quick picture snapped outside the restaurant has been, up to now, the only evidence of the meeting (read related musings by one of our staff […]

Keef and Bill Re-Enact ‘My Dinner With Andre’

July 8, 2011


First saw this picture in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Great caption, too: “Spying police outside, Richards talked Clinton into carrying his doggy bag.” And that got my mind to thinking… It’s difficult trying to imagine these two debating the Iranian nuclear dilemma over snackies and drinks at some chi chi New York supper […]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Induct David Hasselhoff, Journey

July 7, 2011


Representatives of the multinational entertainment conglomerate Dante Seven Unlimited announced today that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has added the band Journey and solo artist David Hasselhoff to its roster of 2011 inductees. Rufus Van Horn, media representative for public relations firm Seven Layer Fire, LLC, made the announcement from atop a shiny red […]