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East of Eden

By Steve Beard Every morning I see a poster hanging in my home for a Triple Crown surf contest in Hawaii. During the last 25 years, I have been to several of the islands, but the small town of Haleiwa … Continue reading

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Eternity on the Sidewalk

By Steve Beard When we are born we bear the seeds of blight; Around us life & death are torn apart; Yet a great ring of pure and endless light; Dazzles the darkness in my heart. Sometimes poets drive me … Continue reading

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Fatherly advice

My son John Paul just turned 18 years old. I fired off my first letter to him when he was four days old. “All of this is to simply say that you were wanted and we are so glad that … Continue reading

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Setzer Gretsch in Smithsonian

Brian Setzer’s gorgeous Gretsch guitar has now been inducted into the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Setzer’s guitar – which is actually a replica of his 1959 Gretsch – will be part of the stunning collection of musical instruments at … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Wanda Jackson!

By Steve Beard At the age of 77, the righteous Queen of Rockabilly is still tearing it up with 60 to 80 concerts per year. Considered to be one of the first women to record rock and roll, Jackson is … Continue reading

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Lecrae, Imelda May, Southern Food Museum, Tiki Bars, and Sunday Mornings

• Lecrae: ‘Christians Have Prostituted Art to Give Answers.’ Thoughts on rap and God from the 34-year-old musician, who was the first to ever simultaneously land an album at the top of the gospel music charts and the Billboard 200 (The Atlantic) • … Continue reading

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Tommy Ramone dies at 65; last original member of namesake punk band

If ever an opening song on a debut album could set the tone for the entirety of a band’s career, it was “Blitzkrieg Bop,” off the 1976 self-titled album by the Ramones. Lean, fast and propelled forward by a low-to-the-ground-beat and no-fuss … Continue reading

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X Revisit Pair of Punk Touchstones at Explosive L.A. Shows

Rightly, the PA at the Roxy on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip blasted nothing but Ramones records in the hour before showtime. But on a day, July 12th, charged with the news of the passing of that band’s last, surviving original member, drummer Tommy Ramone, … Continue reading

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World Cup, Hobby Lobby, Nick Cave, and Louis Zamperini

• DUP-Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer by P.J. O’Rourke (The Daily Beast) • Hobby Lobby: A Company liberals could love by Ross Douthat (NY Times) • I am the real Nick Cave (NY Times) • Remembering the “Unbroken” spirit of Louis … Continue reading

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Brian Setzer’s rockabilly riot, God and Mammon, Ann Coulter LOVES soccer, and Creative Habits

• Q & A: Brian Setzer Out to Spark Another Rockabilly Riot: Melissa Locker chats with the guitar legend about his new album (Time) • God and Mammon: Jesus drove money changers out of the Temple, calling them “a den of thieves.” … Continue reading

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