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The Absences of “Yesterday” (a world without Beatles)

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The Beatles’ Grand Symphony: The White Album

What should have been cut? What should have remained? What would have made this the perfect one-disc Beatles release? Those questions have long accompanied evaluations of The Beatles a.k.a. The White Album, originally issued as a numbered, two-disc 12-inch vinyl … Continue reading

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Remembering Dinner with Dick Gregory

“Excuse me while I have my dinner.” As I remember, with that observation Dick Gregory (on stage) reached for a glass of what we’d now call a smoothie and demonstrated how his form of solid food fasting was anything but … Continue reading

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Adam West: The Batman Who Mattered

Adam West saved Batman. At least, for me. As a young viewer and comic book fan, I saw the Adam West Batman series from episode one and was thrilled as one of my favorite heroes made the leap from the … Continue reading

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Micky Dolenz solo concert: Victory Lap and Bucket List

Micky Dolenz knows what makes a performance tick. For his Chicago show at City Winery (June 13) Dolenz reached way back to his Monkees audition number (“Johnny B. Goode”) and carried on through to his latest tunes (“You Bring The … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism: Five by Five

The more you know going into The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism the more you’ll take out of it. It’s at Chicago’s Navy Pier, with tickets on sale through July. Here are a handful of items to spark your navigation, including a … Continue reading

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Embracing The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

“When did The Beatles break up? That question was whispered to me as the Rooftop Concert sequence from Ron Howard’s Eight Days A Week wrapped up. The query came from a long time baby boomer college friend sitting next to … Continue reading

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