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Russian Rock Stars Run Afoul of Kremlin Over Ukraine – After Playing for Ukrainian Refugees

Russian Rock Stars Run Afoul of Kremlin Over Ukraine – After Playing for Ukrainian Refugees

Russian Rock Stars Run Afoul of Kremlin Over Ukraine – After Playing for Ukrainian Refugees, Andrei Makarevich Denounced as ‘Traitor’ as reported in the WS Journal. MOSCOW—Russian rock icon Andrei Makarevich was working the crowd between songs at the House of Music one evening last month when five rough-looking men hurled fruit at him, sprayed […]

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10 things Broadway won’t tell you – Don’t believe everything you see before the curtain goes up

10 things Broadway won’t tell you – Don’t believe everything you see before the curtain goes up

10 things Broadway won’t tell you – Don’t believe everything you see before the curtain goes up, as reported in the news of the WS Journal. 1. “Our rave reviews deserve a Tony.” As any New Yorker can attest, when the holidays arrive, so do the crowds. And the theater district in particular can start […]

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The 10 best movies of 2013: Films you’ll talk about

The 10 best movies of 2013: Films you’ll talk about

The 10 best movies of 2013: Films you’ll talk about, as reported in the news of the OC Register. 1. “Stories We Tell” – The best documentary of the year is also the best picture of the year. Sarah Polley, an astounding performer in pictures like Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Weight of Water,” fulfills her directorial […]

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Keith Richards: ‘I Had a Sound in My Head That Was Bugging Me’ – Turning 70, talks about ‘Street Fighting Man’

Keith Richards: ‘I Had a Sound in My Head That Was Bugging Me’ – Turning 70, talks about ‘Street Fighting Man’

Keith Richards: ‘I Had a Sound in My Head That Was Bugging Me’ – Turning 70 next week, he talks about ‘Street Fighting Man’ as reported in the WS Journal. Keith Richards Mark Seliger In late 1966, Keith Richards was hearing things. The Rolling Stones guitarist and songwriter had in mind a series of strong, […]

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Dylan’s Famed ‘Electric’ on the Block Fender Stratocaster, Lyrics Are Up for Auction at Christie’s

Dylan’s Famed ‘Electric’ on the Block Fender Stratocaster, Lyrics Are Up for Auction at Christie’s

Dylan’s Famed ‘Electric’ on the Block – Fender Stratocaster, Lyrics Are Up for Auction at Christie’s, as reported in the WS Journal. When Bob Dylan performed with an electric guitar for the first time at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, folk purists booed him, rock fans cheered him and the music world took note. The […]

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Prop house in tune with string of nostalgic music-related films

Prop house in tune with string of nostalgic music-related films

As reported in the news in the LA Times, Prop house History for Hire has been tapped to provide period musical instruments and equipment for Hollywood films. Inside the North Hollywood prop house History for Hire, a technician clamps down a sheet of pearl finish plastic and cuts a strip to fasten around the wooden […]

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How YouTube and music companies reach Generation C

How YouTube and music companies reach Generation C

As reported in the LA Times, How YouTube and music companies reach Generation C, Warner Music collaborates with the site and some of its tastemakers to promote big-name artists’ new song. To promote its new song from platinum-selling country music artist Hunter Hayes and Grammy winner Jason Mraz on Tuesday, Warner Music Group didn’t book […]

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Five free music apps to help you find the songs you like

Five free music apps to help you find the songs you like

As reported in the LA Times, Five free music apps to help you find the songs you like, for the times they are a-changin, . . . Once upon a time, I listened to the radio. I even bought LPs, cassette tapes and CDs. But gone are those days. Now, I listen to streaming music, […]

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Gibson Guitar Corp. Agrees to Resolve Investigation into Lacey Act Violations

Gibson Guitar Corp. Agrees to Resolve Investigation into Lacey Act Violations

Editor’s Note:  we previously blogged that Gibson was under investigation for using what the Government alleged were illegally imported exotic woods — rosewood from India in the latest case and ebony from Madagascar in the earlier raid.  Gibson has said that it didn’t violate U.S. or foreign laws in importing the wood and mounted an […]

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Crocker Motorcycle roars out of the past with custom replicas

Crocker Motorcycle roars out of the past with custom replicas

Editor’s Note:  in the news, this article caught my eye and reminded me of the “old” TV show, “Then Came Bronson,” starring Michael Parks (born Harry Samuel Parks; April 24, 1940). He sang the theme song for the show, “Long Lonesome Highway,” which became a #20 Billboard Hot 100 and #41 Hot Country Songs hit. […]

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Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dead at 74 & Kitty Wells, Pioneering Country Singer, Dead at 92 – Very Sad News

Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dead at 74 & Kitty Wells, Pioneering Country Singer, Dead at 92 – Very Sad News

As reported in several news agencies, including Rolling Stone, two great musical artists died within one day of each other.  Bob Babbitt, the Motown studio bassist and one of the Funk Brothers, who played on hits including Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “Tears of a Clown” and the Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion,” died July 15, […]

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Beach Boys invoke a better (and simpler) time in California

Beach Boys invoke a better (and simpler) time in California

As reported by George Will, OC Register in the article entitled “Beach Boys invoke a better time in California,” memories of the Beach Boys bring back memories of a simpler time, not only here in California, but across the nation.  I recently went to the Beach Boys concert and found myself drifting back to the […]

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Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, buys ebony mill, pitches sustainable wood for acoustic guitars

Bob Taylor, of Taylor Guitars, buys ebony mill, pitches sustainable wood for acoustic guitars

Editor’s Note: In an article in the L.A. Times, I was impressed by the efforts of Bob Taylor, of Taylor guitars, to change the way guitar players see their instruments and at the same time, try to preserve endangered wood.  I’m familiar with Taylor guitars, since I play acoustic guitar, although my preference has been […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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