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CNN writes of how much Hendrix struggled with racial stereotypes

There’s an interesting feature about Hendrix — and my bio “Room Full of Mirrors” — on CNN’s site this week. http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/18/showbiz/jimi-hendrix-invisible-legacy/

Bumbershoot 2014 Highlights: The Replacements, Elvis, and more

So many live concerts are perfectly planned, canned, preprogrammed, or rote these days, complete with costume changes and offstage musicians filling in. This year’s Bumbershoot — one of the best ever — had none of that. Here are ten unique things you missed if you weren’t at Seattle’s annual Bumbershoot Festival, which ran 8/30-through

Thunder, Lightning, and Arctic Monkeys, all in Seattle

As Bob Dylan once said, a change in the weather can be extreme. Last night before the Arctic Monkeys show at the Paramount, it was 97 outside in Seattle. Coming out two hours later, the temp had dropped twenty degrees, there was thunder, lightning, and raindrops, and only the latter is something we see

Pete Carroll, and the Seattle Seahawks, as the Ultimate Rock Band?

I think you can safely say that when you think of individuals who through their professional background, and propensity for wearing “12th man” jerseys and Seahawks swag, are ideally suited to be commentators on professional football, and also qualified to give business advice for that matter, I am not at the top of the

July 2014 Ends with 26 Hours of Music

During the past twenty-six hours of a life in music, I felt nostalgic seeing Lake Street Dive, was charmed by Josh Ritter’s storytelling, got to talk about that bastard Buddy Rich during the twilight moments of the Bob Rivers show, saw Vaudeville Etiquette wow a downtown crowd, heard Gerald Collier return to form at

Mix-A-Lot video goes viral with dancing queen

If you happened to see the viral of Shawn Bounds, who danced with Anthony Ray AKA Sir Mix-A-Lot, and the Seattle Symphony, here’s the backstory from tomorrow’s Seattle Times. It’s great that she tells me her story has made many women (and men) write her to say they now feel empowered about their bodies,

Baby Got Bach: Sir Mix-A-Lot Brings it to Benaroya

Baby Got Bach: In case you happened to miss the Sir Mix-A-Lot show with the Seattle Symphony Friday night, June 6, 2014, it was, well, unlike anything you’ve seen in Benaroya before (and are likely to see again). I can’t help but imagine what the white-haired society page matrons of the Gerard Schwarz-era, or

Gene Simmons is a Jerk. A Big Jerk.

My preview of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame show on HBO is in the Seattle Times today—it airs on HBO on the 31st. But that won’t tell you what a jerk Gene Simmons of Kiss was backstage, and even onstage. He’s on TMZ video today ripping Nirvana. He implies that they don’t

In Seattle, Food is the new Grunge.

Okay, I said it: “Food has become the new rock & roll in Seattle. It’s what people are obsessed with. It’s what we talk about. Our chefs are the current grunge stars of Seattle.” Not that any food has ever taken me to the emotional place that a great song has, mind you, or

Is this really what Kurt Cobain would have looked at 70?

The Seattle Times has a story today (May 9, http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023564592_agingsoftwarexml.html) on a new software program the University of Washington has developed that attempts to show aging from using a photograph. Their example is Kurt Cobain, and here are there results. In my mind it completely fails because they are using a photo from adolescence