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Erik Himmelsbach

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Raspberry Preserves

The Raspberries rotted for our musical sins. They weren’t heavy or hairy and didn’t perform 10-minute songs with flute solos, so, in the ’70s, FM rock radio was out. And they were too offbeat to be puppeteered onto the AM Top 40 with any regularity. Instead, the Cleveland-based power-poppers suffered......
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Give the Anarchist a Cigarette

Photo by Anne Fishbein About a year ago, publishing mogul Felix Dennis was staring at the Caribbean Sea, sucking down cocktails with fellow gazillionaires at Basil’s Bar on the beach in Mustique. He mentioned his old friend Mick Farren, and a voice among them perked up. “That mad old cunt?”......
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Bright Lights

Amy Correia’s trying her hand at mythologizing, only she’s not faring so well. Her tale is the one about the alienated, small-town girl: Life is suffocating and gray until she finds Technicolor happiness in the bosom of the Big Bad City. Problem is, Correia’s not quite sure she wants to......
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Boys Are for Noise

Photo by Michael Lavine Like many of us, comedian Jay Mohr has a Hanson fixation. “That’s the hottest kid I’ve seen in my life,” he said, referring to vocalist Taylor, the, um, prettiest of the singing siblings. “My friends say, ‘He’s a boy,’ and I go, ‘I don’t care, he’s......
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Strange Cargo

David Brown’s 2002 dance card is already filled up. The Brazzaville leader and Beck sax man will be busy doing what he‘s done for several years -- touring the world. But he won’t be “on the road,” per se, because there‘ll be no rubber to burn. What Brown’s planning is......
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Under Desert Skies

Country rock found its refuge and mythology on the rickety back porches of L.A.‘s rolling Topanga and Laurel canyons, whose rustic good vibes provided a suitably mellow backdrop for the laid-back sounds that emanated from ’60s bands that specialized in sturm und twang, such as the Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds,......
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Dreams So Real

Haden, Jesse Frohman; Michael, Andrew MacPherson; Hucknall, Lorenzo Agius; Gartside, Eddie Monsoon Petra Haden wasn’t like the other girls. While her peers in mid-‘80s L.A. worshipped at the altar of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, Haden’s idolatry was channeled in a slightly more off-kilter direction. ”I‘ve always wanted to be the......

Waxing Nostalgic

The Camaro sat in our back yard for a month before I was old enough to drive it, parked right next to the functioning septic tank (one of the last in Granada Hills!), surrounded by a garden of weeds turned golden from neglect. The car, a white ‘68, was my......
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Lunatik Derelikts

Sometimes it’s hard to be a hip-hop boy in the city. When Vlad Radovanov (nom de rap: V) left Chicago for L.A. in 1995, he had a very specific to-do list -- find fame and fortune as an MC, and find the porn stars, not necessarily in that order. At......
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Dark Stars

Judging by the clutter of Jim Putnam’s Atwater home, you‘d think he’d be fixin‘ to blow the proceeds from his first platinum album on a little Cessna: A half-completed model airplane sits at a workstation behind the living room, and his tubular-shaped backyard studio has been christened Skylab. Tacked onto......