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The Grateful Dead Will Always Be This Colorful

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts

Watch Grateful Dead's lead singer Jerry Garcia give a special peak into the band's humble beginnings in this 1988 interview with Joe Smith. Seeing...

Staying on the Bus

David Blistein | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

One unsettling thing about aging is the subtle fear that the bus has left you behind. Or that you're lugging around so much baggage you won't be able to get back on at the next stop. That instead of heading towards the light -- transcendent or otherwise -- your so-called "golden years" are in the rear-view mirror.

Before There Was Jon Stewart There Was Paul Krassner

Forward.com | Posted 04.03.2012 | Comedy

Decades before Jon Stewart brought his popular admixture of satire and journalism to the mass media on Comedy Central, the unique hybrid of the two ge...

A Feast of Frozen Penguins

Janice Harper | Posted 04.26.2012 | Fifty
Janice Harper

Back in the 70s when people ate nonsensical foods, I worked in a health food store in Eugene, Oregon. It was a dream job for a hippie, but the most entertaining of all was the scraggly old man behind the cash register, Don Russell.

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

Holly Cara Price | Posted 02.19.2012 | Books
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.

What Occupy Wall Street Can Learn From an Original Merry Prankster

Don McNay | Posted 12.22.2011 | Books
Don McNay

It seems preordained that the great Merry Prankster, Ed McClanahan, just released his new book, I Just Hitched In From The Coast, at the same time the Occupy Wall Street movement arose.

HuffPost Review: Magic Trip

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You don't have to be a Deadhead or a Ken Kesey-phile to find the fun and the wistfulness in Magic Trip, Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood's reconstruction of the famous cross-country bus trip by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.

Chatting and Chuckling With Wavy Gravy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Wavy Gravy, bowed but unbroken, walks into a deli-café in New York's SoHo, holding a fish on a leash. He's making the rounds in Manhattan, doing interviews to publicize a documentary -- about his life.

HuffPost Review: Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As characters go, it's hard to find anyone who has had both the Zelig-like ubiquity and, at the same time, the high profile of Hugh Romney, aka Wavy G...

Son of a Gambler's Guide to Holiday Books

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

It's a lesson to me, the ablers and the beggars and the thieves -The Grateful Dead If you read my book, Son of a Son of a Gambler, you'll know that...