Category Archives: Music

Madonna v. Jennifer Lopez

Eager to impress fair Kayla, I jack up big green on the secondary market to acquire two VIP seats for Madonna’s concert at Madison Square Garden. I wear my best and only suit, and Kayla styles herself in a long sleek dress sophisticated New York fans will admire. “Look,” she whispers, slightly moving her head […]

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Her Kind of Man

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Immigration, Romance, Sex

Marvin Gaye to his Father

Dear Father, Why do you beat me so? I’m your son and love listening to your inspired sermons and beautiful singing and know someday you’ll be more than a lay preacher. Most of all I enjoy being with you and hoping someday you’ll be proud of me. I know you will. You’ll hug me, and […]

Also posted in Berry Gordy, Cocaine, Detroit, Divorce, Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye, Mental Health, Motown, Murder

Merle Haggard’s Boxcar

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Dinosaurs, Kern County, Kern River, Merle Haggard, Redding

Young Cowboy Sings Country

Merle Haggard may have passed but he hasn’t departed. He’s enjoying this tribute to his life and work. On stage at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, a sleek new place highlighted by polished wood floors, cushioned seats, and sharp acoustics, popular country singers from Haggard’s hometown and the Central Valley are delivering four hours […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Horses, Kadin Hernandez, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Merle Haggard, The Doors, The Rolling Stones

Bogie in Brief

Dad’s a great guy and doctor until investments plunge and morphine soars. Mother paints pretty children far from her nerves. One sister dies young the other’s not right. I escape to Broadway where some call me next Valentino. After plays I caress ladies smoking and drinking till dawn. First time in Hollywood executives ignore me […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Cancer, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Movies, Smoking, Tobacco

Mental Steroids

A physician of renown I certainly am, though for a generation I have focused most of my intellect on the rather irrelevant albeit stimulating task of helping athletes run faster, jump higher, hit more home runs, and register more knockouts with shoulder pads and fists. Only in recent years have activists tried to persuade me […]

Also posted in Albert Einstein, Art, Jonas Salk, Louis Pasteur, Mick Jagger, Painters, Robert Plant, Steroids

Careful, Justin Bieber

I’m surrounded by lots of nasty newspaper and magazine articles and insulting letters and want you to understand this deluge on my doorstep is the same or worse than cyber bullying. Not many understand. I’m nineteen and make fifty million a year and fans love me and I’m doing things most my age would do. […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Calabasas, Cars & Driving, Drugs, Housing, Justin Bieber, Miami, Neighborhoods

Upstaging Maestro

sinuous hair strikes bernstein seizing baton

Also posted in Leonard Bernstein, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mental Health, PBS, Short Pieces - GTC

Brahms Meets Tchaikovsky

Brahms and Tchaikovsky once met. Don’t like your work, said former. Don’t like yours either, he replied.

Also posted in Johannes Brahms, Mental Health, Peter Tchaikovsky, Poetry - GTC, Short Pieces - GTC

Berlin Jewish Cultural League

What wonderful idea is Berlin Jewish Cultural League that comfortably immerses in arts we hundred seventy-five thousand Jewish Berliners who shall relax until Nazism disappears which will surely be soon. In meantime we have music and other outlets here and around Germany. It’s unfortunate but tolerable only Jews perform in orchestra and only Jews attend […]

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Syrian Composer Speaks

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Computers, Hafez al-Assad, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Malek Jandali, Middle East, Mona Simpson, Steve Jobs, Syria, Writers

Photos in Box

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Black”

Also posted in Adolf Hitler, Albert Einstein, Berlin, Berlin Wall, Bruce Lee, Charlie Chaplin, Che Guevara, Elvis Presley, Fidel Castro, Germany, Google, John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, McDonald's, Osama bin Laden, Photography, Physics, Politics, Saddam Hussein, Short Pieces - GTC, Terrorism, The Beatles, Titanic

Bobby Brown – The Whole Truth

Before presenting what Bobby Brown allegedly said and did, I must explain this book was originally conceived as an autobiography and author Derrick Handspike, according to his account, hung out with and interviewed the singer for a year, diligently wrote the book, and later squirmed as Brown and his advisers delayed final preparations for publication. […]

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Reviving Whitney Houston

Only in quite rare cases am I permitted to intervene retroactively and attempt to salvage lives of those recently deceased. Heretofore my efforts, results of which cannot be discussed, focused on people unknown to the public but intimate with some of your neighbors. In this instance, I was summoned not merely to recall the decedent […]

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Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

remember one beautiful as whitney houston who made star spangled banner soar and moved heaven singing i’ll always love you may harbor soul broken as man in gutter and seek relief same way To watch Whitney Houston sing the National Anthem before the 1991 Super Bowl, please click here

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Madonna Teases Super Bowl Audience

hey some guy flipped off america during super bowl halftime show few noticed nonevent but bible busters protested when should’ve imagined madonna fifties fit in parked or moving cars on sofas in reading chairs on or under dining room tables planning to disappear in smoke revealing message world peace

Also posted in Conservatives, Dance, Football, Madonna, Poetry - GTC, Religion

Amiri Baraka Clears Mind

decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s surname jones rebuked for obscenity by langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi” boy now almost eighty on stage with fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and can’t remember abstract impressionist painter who dripped jackson pollock she said and the mexican muralist my man diego rivera she said baraka generally […]

Also posted in Amiri Baraka, Art, Charles White, Diego Rivera, Duke Ellington, Economics, Hammer Museum, Jackson Pollock, Painters, Poetry, Poetry - GTC, Poverty

Madonna Interlude

aficionado excited madonna appeared unintroduced lassoed neck with skinny muscular arm unzipped pants pulled off slid out dress hopped on surprising but not disappointing when realized was another blonde

Also posted in Dreams, Madonna, Poetry - GTC, Sex

Decorated Child

beefy tattooed mom chewed cigarette and clinched beer before concert guiding six-year old daughter to flowery arm

Also posted in Children, Poetry - GTC

Hank Williams, Please

hank williams please goose step to a mirror before belching hitler

Also posted in Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Hank Williams, Poetry - GTC, Politics, Republicans

Twilight Next Door

Soon after moving into current home Joe walked out front to trim bushes and met next door neighbors, lady and gentleman both about eighty. She introduced herself and said, “This is George.” Joe said hello and enjoyed lady’s vivacity and charm but thought what rude bastard husband was, bearing silly semi-smile and not looking at […]

Also posted in Alzheimer's, Basketball, Glen Campbell, Health, Pat Summitt, Ronald Reagan, Short Pieces - GTC

Rescued by George Gershwin

In a Bakersfield month I lose twenty pounds eliminating milk and cottage cheese and meat and an avalanche of pies, cakes, cookies and other heart-clogging, prostate-bashing carcinogens, and switching to soy milk and fresh vegetables and fruits, and marvel that I don’t feel starved but worry I still haven’t abandoned the comfort and control of […]

Also posted in Al Jolson, Diet, Food, George Gershwin, Hershey Felder, Ira Gershwin, Kay Swift, New York City, Pasadena

CEOs Jailed, The Rolling Stones Take Over

Until recently I would’ve simply fired all criminal CEOs and unholy underlings who preside over multi-billion-dollar annual losses yet reward themselves millions in bonuses, which, in a sane world, would be extra money paid for jobs especially well done. These brigands have so severely damaged us that a fortnight ago more than ninety percent of […]

Also posted in Anaheim, Charlie Watts, Corporations, Economics, Executives, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones

Skipping Toll on the Golden Gate Bridge

Oh, what a foolish risk it was. It really should be illegal. I don’t know why it isn’t. All rational people understand it’s dangerous to drive while listening to Jim Morrison sing “Light My Fire.” Actually, I had been thoroughly reasonable all day, easing out of my motel in San Francisco and carefully driving through […]

Also posted in Art, Bay Area, Cars & Driving, George Thomas Clark, Golden Gate Bridge, Jim Morrison, Marin County, Painters, San Francisco, The Doors

Subject of A Clockwork Orange Refutes Stanley Kubrick

Don’t call me Alex DeLarge. I long ago changed my notorious name, and for that I cannot blame Stanley Kubrick since I would’ve hidden my identity even if he hadn’t directed A Clockwork Orange, the film purportedly about my life. What I do forever excoriate Kubrick for is misrepresenting and exaggerating my deeds, which had […]

Also posted in Crime, England, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mental Health, Movies, Murder, Prisons, Stanley Kubrick

Time to Pay College Athletes

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Football, Golf, Heisman Trophy, Lebron James, Media, Michael Jackson, Movies, NCAA, Newspapers, Racism, Radio, Reggie Bush, Shirley Temple, Stevie Wonder, Tiger Woods, USC

Ray Manzarek Opens The Doors

Surveying the ballroom I’m pleased it’s similar to intimate clubs where The Doors generally played best. About five hundred people are filling the room and sipping drinks if they drink at all. For years, before my reformation, I would’ve viewed such mature restraint as an affront and camped at the two rear-corner bars. Ray Manzarek […]

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Mary Travers Sings

A few days ago I wandered into the Internet searching for something I can’t remember and is anyway irrelevant since nameless subjects flowed into each other forming a serendipitous road that led to a 1963 photo of Mary Travers singing beside a video link to “If I Had a Hammer.”  I’d heard the studio version […]

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The Story of Anvil

I hate this fucking drill so much I want to start smashing windows with it.  I should be on stage, hammering drums and exciting fans and musicians who think I, Robb Reiner, was about the best heavy metal drummer on the planet.  In 1984 Steve “Lips” Kudlow, our lead singer and my lifelong friend, and […]

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Michael Jackson This Is It

A movie of rehearsals in a big empty room can’t excite like concerts alive with screaming fans, but I still hope you enjoy This Is It because that’s what it is.  My dancers show why when we first gather in March.  Hundreds have come from all over the world to compete in rigorous auditions from […]

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Basketball and More in Las Vegas

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Art Galleries, Basketball, Blake Griffin, Brock Lesnar, Eric Gordon, Fedor Emilianenko, Gambling, George Thomas Clark, Las Vegas, Liberace, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Mixed Martial Arts, Nevada, Russell Westbrook, Sacramento Kings, Travel, Tyreke Evans, Wayne Newton

Michael Jackson: 1958-2009

In the beginning the boy was wholesome and cute and sang like an angel and dazzled as a dancer.  His early musical success transcended that of most adult stars, and as a young man he generated the light of a supernova.  None of that, we must periodically remind ourselves, is helpful in shaping a tranquil […]

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Billie Holiday Visits Young Obama

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Alcohol, Barack Obama, Billie Holiday, Drugs

Fabulous Recovery of Jim Morrison – Part 7

Three days after telling me to get my ass out of his hospital room, Jim Morrison died in a Paris apartment.  Don’t cry for the Jim who departed.  Yearn for a less-tortured man who would’ve wanted to live and become a pensioner last year at age sixty-five.  I’m a decade older still, and we’re both […]

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Saving Jim Morrison – Part 6

In early July 1971, I was vacationing in Paris.  Ordinarily, by inclination I would’ve been attracted solely by traditional destinations such as the Eiffel Tower and Louvre but, having recently been deserted by my wife, was amenable when friends suggested I visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus, a nightclub where top bands jammed, the chic […]

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Pamela Courson Loves Jim Morrison – Part 5

We live on Love Street in a house with garden, maybe not yet but someday.  Jim’s going to buy a church in the south of France and we’ll turn it into a wonderful home.  He owes me for so often loving me the wrong way I ache and have to grab thorazine and other things […]

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Springtime in Paris – Jim Morrison – Part 4

I try not care simpletons think I’m wild sometimes I’m a considerate friend and listener who responds with wit and insight during interviews I spontaneously polish remarks about rock writing and death I don’t want to miss in a plane crash or overdose but savor the only time it ever comes.  Before then I can’t […]

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Jim Morrison Interprets Miami – Part 3

I don’t need a psychiatrist though I guzzle whiskey wine and beer and hang outside windows several stories up and drop every pill in hand and yank Janis Joplin’s hair and dash onto Jimi Hendrix’s stage grabbing his legs to shout I want to suck his cock and often screw haunted masochistic women and carouse […]

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Jim Morrison After College – Part 2

I love movies and just graduated from UCLA film school in spring 1965 and am ready to create.  I don’t think I’ll do films right now though.  I’m not lazy but have ten fingers on each hand then fifteen or twenty back to ten I’m not really counting I’m looking at the moon melt into […]

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The Admiral Speaks to Jim Morrison – Part 1

I wish you had appreciated I’m not only your father but a graduate of the Naval Academy and was at Pearl Harbor and didn’t panic when the Japanese sneak-attacked our big warships across the harbor.  From the little minelayer Pruitt we fired antiaircraft guns at the bastards and I later volunteered to be a pilot […]

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The Toby Keith Nation

Do you like tattoos?  You’ll see plenty before a Toby Keith concert, especially if it’s outdoors in August in the Inland Empire, an exploding conglomeration of hot and sandy city-towns inhabited by those who can’t afford or don’t want to live near Los Angeles an hour to the west.  Out east in the desert, this […]

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Elvis is 70

I can’t imagine I would’ve been seventy today. And it’s hard to believe I’ve been gone more than twenty-seven years. Of course, I’m not really gone. Through my music and photos – but not my movies – I’m still here in ways almost no other person has ever been. I know my fans all over […]

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