John, Yoko and Jerry Lewis play reggae on the MDA Telethon


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This was once the time of year Harry Shearer called Telethon Season. Back-to-school sales coincided with the annual broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Telethon, whose host would come totally unglued over the show’s 21-plus…
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Baby Grande: Superb ‘70s glam/punk band with future members of the Church—a DM premiere

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The Australian band Baby Grande surely would’ve been lost to history if not for the work of HoZac Records. The label has unearthed the Baby Grande tapes, which date from…
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Sound and vision: Scriabin’s Theosophical score for orchestra and ‘color organ’


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I’m no synesthete, so I’m still not sure what Eddie Van Halen meant by “the brown sound.” Sorry, Eddie: I’m the kind of literal-minded philistine who sees with his eyes and hears with his ears. Regular slobs like me have to make…
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First look at Waxwork’s expanded soundtracks for three Dario Argento classics

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Why are Dario Argento’s films so compelling? It’s largely due to his knack for matching fantastic, terrifying imagery with amazing music that fully enhances the mood. The Italian writer/director works closely with composers, which has resulted in a number of highly effective horror movie scores. He�…
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Public Enemy, Iggy Pop, PJ Harvey, The Pixies & Prince: NME’s playing card set from 1991


A photo of a young Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul on the queen of hearts card from a playing card set released by the NME in 1991.
 
I’m going to break the bad news to you quickly when it comes to obtaining your own set of NME’s l playing card…
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Polaroids from ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’

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Star Wars or Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, to give the film its proper title, is the single most influential, and thus arguably, the most important movie of the past fifty years. Nothing comes close to the cultural, social, and technical impact George Lucas’s sci-fi soap opera has…
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A beam in the shade from a silvery blade: Own Ronnie James Dio’s sword collection


 
Over the course of his decades-long career as a singer, Ronnie James Dio (RIP 2010) became as well known for wizards-and-demons-and-swords-and-sorcery lyrical themes as for his astoundingly powerful voice. But, to our amazement, we were able to locate the actual word “sword” in only one…
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Fictional View-Master reels for ‘The Shining,’ ‘The Warriors,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ & more!


A sadly fictional View-Master package and reels for the 1980 film ‘The Shining.’
 
I came across a pretty sweet mock-up of a View-Master cover and reel for the 1982 film Fast Times At Ridgemont High posted on the Australian pop culture blog Go to Source

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Undead, Undead: John Coulthart’s beautiful illustrations for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’

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We all know what Dracula looks like. Bela Lugosi and innumerable Hammer horror movies starring Christopher Lee have fixed the Count in our imagination. He’s tall, gaunt, interestingly pale, with slicked back hair, and a set of unfeasibly large canine teeth. He sports a cloak, and what appears to be…
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The night in 1976 when a pre-fame Eddie Van Halen OD’d and nearly died

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Regardless of how you feel about their music, it’s undeniable that the first six albums by Van Halen had a massive impact on hard rock and heavy metal. Though they had catchy songs that rocked, and frontman David Lee Roth had much to do…
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