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How the Secret Policeman's Ball Got Rolling...

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.03.2012 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

You've heard of it. You've wondered about it. You've seen films of the classic ones on laserdiscs, VHS tapes and new-fangled DVDs. If you're really lucky there's a reasonable chance you've even attended one of them.

Chimes of Freedom: Artists Talk Amnesty

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 03.25.2012 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

So I walk into the studio, and suddenly I'm in the presence of a rock god. Joe Perry is sitting on a big black leather sofa, casually strumming a sweet Guild for a blazing new cover of "Man of Peace" -- one of Bob Dylan's babies Chimes of Freedom.

The God Gavin and Erica's Who Album

Binky Philips | Posted 03.07.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

To this day, after literally 1000+ listens, the bedlam that breaks out in that original version of the coda of "My Generation" remains breathtaking to me.

'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Revisiting the Monterey International Pop Festival Through A Perfect Haze

Holly Cara Price | Posted 02.19.2012 | Home
Holly Cara Price

The Monterey International Pop Festival took place at such a guileless time that the promoters used the word "pop" in its title. Not long after this would have been unthinkable, after the lines were drawn between "pop" music and rock and roll.

I Have a Chat With Pete Townshend in His Hotel Suite, 1974, Part II: The Night After

Binky Philips | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Hello, Dear Binky-@-Huffington Reader, I have been remiss. It's been almost two months since my last blog. God, I hate that word. Sounds like somethi...

Paul Rudd Being Adorable

Posted 11.27.2011 | Entertainment

Looks like Paul Rudd is not all that different from us when we got our new Macbook--he is amazed by the transformative powers of computers, too! E...

I Have a Chat With Pete Townshend in His Hotel Suite, 1974

Binky Philips | Posted 11.16.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I was on the phone with my hero, Peter Townshend, guitarist of The Who. 
Having no idea what to say, "Hi, Pete, I was wondering if I could drop by before tonight's show... " 


The Who Arrive Late, Beatles News Arrives Early, Central Park, August 1968

Binky Philips | Posted 08.31.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips


The Who performed just once in Central Park on August 7th, 1968, as part of what was called The Schaefer Festival.

I Didn't Go To Woodstock, But I Lived There

Binky Philips | Posted 06.19.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips


When the line-up for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair was announced... I'm guessing in late April/early May of 1969, there they were... my heroes, Th...

I See The Who's First American Gig With Murray The K, 1967

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

We never saw The Who as anything but gods. They were in full flight within 10 seconds of the beginning of their opening song and we hadn't even gotten a glimpse of them.

My Greatest Christmas Present, Manny's Music Store 1935 - 2009

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

So, how/why is this story about a store closing Christmas-y? Well, the greatest Christmas present of my childhood came from Manny's Music Store. Dur...

I Audition for Sparks in London, 1974

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Ron Chaplin Hitler, barely glancing at me, said in a cold, dismissive, and prissy tone, "Well, you're certainly overpowering, aren't you?"

Monday Will Never Be The Same: Conversations With Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik, David Gray and Josiah Leming

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Goo Goo Doll's John Rzeznik's has some advice for up-and-coming acts: "Don't worry about getting famous because that means nothing. There are a lot of really useless people in this world that are famous."

Pete Townshend's Guitar... Part Two

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

After I caught Pete Townshend's guitar -- hurled from the stage -- I turned to see dozens of kids charging down the aisle, absolutely intent on taking the guitar away from me...a true mob!

I Caught Pete Townshend's Guitar

Binky Philips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

It was April 1970 and I had camped out for two nights to get tickets for The Who's Final Performance of "Tommy" at the absurdly ostentatious and downright silly venue, The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.

From Built to Spill to "Bridge Over Troubled Water": A Playlist for BP

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Wild

Seeing that horrifying video of BP's oil spill was a sickening experience. So here's some music for BP to put on their big hit video, or just to choke on as this disaster continues. And if you ever screamed "Drill, Baby, Drill," then this one's for you too.

Pete Townshend Leaving The Who?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Guitarist Pete Townshend may have to leave the Who if a new device doesn't improve his tinnitus, a painful ringing and buzzing caused by years of expo...

Pete Townshend's Sex Offender Past Threatens Super Bowl Gig

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The Who are scheduled to play during the half-time show at the Super Bowl in Miami, but child abuse advocacy groups are urging the NFL to drop the act...

"The World Is Full of Crashing Bores": A Party Playlist for Tareq and Michaele Salahi

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here's a playlist for America's latest fun couple to be used at the very next party they crash together.

Old Musical Dogs Learning New Internet Tricks

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

This is the Age of the Artist. In a world where equipment, distribution, and Paypal are in the hands of everyone, only talent will matter. The days of the middleman are (almost) over. Viva la revolucion de music.

19th Century Musical Geniuses Who Loved Homeopathy

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

Homeopathy gained popularity due to its impressive successes in treating the infectious disease epidemics of the 19th century, not just typhoid, but also cholera, scarlet fever, yellow fever, flu.

Whodunit? Mile High Experience Leaves Roger Daltrey Breathless

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Going above and beyond the call of rock star duty, Roger Daltrey went the extra miles before a not-quite-sellout crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Denver.

An Interview with Author David Comfort on The Rock & Roll Book of the Dead

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There's no simple answer to who John Lennon was. Sure, he was a great leader and a peacenik; on the other hand, he was an incredibly violent, narcissistic guy. That was the other side of him, and people just don't want to hear that."

On the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock

Paul Krassner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Krassner

Four decades ago, along with 499,999 others on a countercultural pilgrimage, I headed to Woodstock. This was not merely a three-day outdoor concert. This was a Martian convention.

Les Paul: The Original Guitar Hero

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Paul dedicated his entire life to the guitar and recording technology. A jazz musician who was unhappy with the guitars available to him, Paul developed his own guitar.