Monthly Archives: December 2012

Johnny Was a Punk Rocker: Johnny Ramone, R.I.P.

By Steve Beard I found myself shoulder-to-shoulder with a bunch of sweaty rockers at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip while they were complaining about needing a cigarette. We were all crammed in to see Alice Cooper and … Continue reading

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Of Craft and Commission: Heston, Crowe, and Washington

By Steve Beard The recent passing of Charlton Heston sparked a pretty intense childhood flashback from the 1970s, when I was able to stay up past my bedtime to watch The Ten Commandments on television. I was mesmerized with Charlton … Continue reading

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Bono: The enigmatic spiritual provocateur

By Steve Beard His father called him Paul, the White House affectionately calls him The Pest, and the rest of the civilized world simply refers to him as Bono. He is as well known to presidents and prime ministers for … Continue reading

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Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door with Bob Dylan

By Steve Beard Shooting just began in Montreal for I’m Not There, the new biopic of Bob Dylan. In the wake of successful films about musicians, this one promises to definitely be different than Ray or Walk the Line. Six … Continue reading

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Eric Clapton’s prayer for sobriety

By Steve Beard Long considered one of rock ’n’ roll’s iconic guitarists, Eric Clapton had a problem. He was in the middle of a tour in Australia when he realized he couldn’t stop shaking. “For the second time, I’d reached … Continue reading

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Simply Bettie Page

By Steve Beard Ah, those jet-black Bettie Page bangs. Fifty years after they were immortalized on a pin-up icon, you still see them on the pale hipster chicks with the cat-eyed glasses. That is just one of the lasting manifestations … Continue reading

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The winding path to Graceland: Elvis Presley’s spiritual quest

By Steve Beard January 2002 Long live the King! Fully twenty-five years after his tragic death, Elvis Presley still enjoys remarkable world-wide popularity. He has been immortalized to the next generation of kiddies in Disney’s Lilo & Stitch movie, locks … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

You may remember the scene in the movie Crash (2004) where Anthony, a car thief played by rapper Ludacris, discovers a van with the keys dangling in the driver’s door. Since no one is around, he hops in and drives to … Continue reading

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Soul man: The sweet sound of Al Green

By Steve Beard When British musician Elvis Costello was asked if he had ever had a religious experience, he responded, “No, but I have heard Al Green.” Not a bad compliment coming from Costello, a musical legend in his own … Continue reading

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Bamf! The gospel according to Nightcrawler

By Steve Beard When moviegoers were first introduced to Kurt Wagner in the 2003 blockbuster film X2: X-Men United, he was darting through a legion of hapless Secret Service officers at the White House. At first glance, he appeared as … Continue reading

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