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Monday, June 27, 2016

There’s no one to dress for, now that Bill Cunningham is gone. Embed from Getty Images The legendary New York Times style photographer died on Saturday, at age 87, after being hospitalized for a stroke. Though the Times sounded optimistic about a quick recovery on Thursday, when the New York Post broke the news of […]

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s interfaith funeral was held today, and it was an event worthy of the boxer known as The Greatest.  Highlights included comedian Billy Crystal’s funny and touching remembrance … … Rabbi Michael Lerner’s impassioned call for social change … … and the first eulogy, given by Ali’s wife, Lonnie Ali. If you missed the […]

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Devastating! Another icon gone too soon. Prince June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016 Embed from Getty Images Just yesterday, I’d been reassured about Prince’s health after reading that he’d appeared before fans on Saturday to show them that he was okay after being hospitalized for the flu. I was checking up on him because […]

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

George Martin, the music producer who most famously worked with the Beatles, died at age 90 yesterday. Embed from Getty Images Ringo Starr first announced the news on Twitter. Paul McCartney made his statement here. To learn more about George’s interactions with the Beatles, you can read his memoir, All You Need Is Ears. But […]

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When I write an obituary for this blog, it’s often for someone with a household name, such as David Bowie. This time, it’s more personal. If you’re not in the fine-jewelry community, you may not have heard of Cindy Edelstein, but I encourage you to read about her anyway, because she is a role model […]

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I’m quite proud of my habit of keeping pop-culture ephemera, such as this program from Madonna’s 1987 AIDS benefit concert and a Duran Duran ticket stub from the same year. However, my high-school friend Jim Begala wins the prize for keeping everything. Jim previously confirmed the exact date of a 1984 INXS concert for me, […]

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

While searching for interesting David Bowie links, I realized I had to share the outrageous mid-1970s interviews from his Thin White Duke phase. Bowie had a horrendous cocaine addiction at the time. He was paranoid and obsessed with the occult, Charles Manson and Nazis. “I was hallucinating 24 hours a day,” he later said, noting […]

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Monday, January 11, 2016

I can still barely believe it, but we all know it’s true. David Bowie died of cancer yesterday, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar. His producer called Blackstar a “parting gift” for Bowie’s fans. Embed from Getty Images I haven’t been able to think of anything […]

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Monday, January 11, 2016

No words. I’m shocked.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

While sitting in a waiting room early this month, I dug through the pile of old magazines until I found an October Rolling Stone with Keith Richards on the cover. Later that night, at a holiday party, I bumped into a friend of mine who is a longtime music journalist. We chatted about various musicians, […]

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