Rant ‘N’ Roll: They Don’t Make Jews Like Kinky Friedman Anymore

We may need Kinky Friedman to run for president. He lost to Rick Perry for Texas Governor but he made it interesting. Politician, mystery novelist, alt-country singer-songwriter, bandleader of Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys, animal rescue hero, good friend to a guy named Willie and author of such great …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Sexy, Jewish, Very New York, Susan Shapiro’s ‘What’s Never Said’ Is A Novel For Our Times

Susan Shapiro comes from a long line of novelists, satirists, essayists and poets who are what they write. Throw Henry Miller in there too (by way of Erica Jong). Hell, why not Isaac Bashevis Singer? (There’s certainly plenty of Yiddish words sprinkled throughout What’s Never Said.) In fact, I’ll …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Musikfest 2015…It’s All A Blur

BETHLEHEM, PA—Where did it all go? Every summer, for 10 days, I put my life on hold to go “festing.” It’s an alternate reality whereas although I sleep in my own bed every night, during the days and evenings, I wander the opposite-of-aimlessly through the streets on the North Side …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Rob Thomas Curses Out His Crowd

BETHLEHEM, PA—The well-heeled Sands crowd, probably impatient to gamble, and forced to endure nine songs in 40 minutes from opening act Plain White T’s, was sitting on their hands for the first 15 minutes of the big Rob Thomas concert. The Matchbox 20 and Santana singer couldn’t have liked that. …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Stranger In A Strange Land

MONTREAL—Hey man, everybody’s speaking French around here. And the money’s funny. At least it’s not raining. My hotel is in walking distance of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Downtown is roped off to vehicular traffic and there’s thousands of folks with smiles on their faces grooving to every possible subgenre …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Ironoclasts On Parade

HOLMDEL, NJ—Elvis Costello and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan are two of pop music’s most severe iconoclasts. They’re right up there with Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. That’s why it was a rare thrill to see them both on the same stage on the same night one after another. Fagen, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Zappa Plays Zappa

STROUDSBURG, PA—The Sherman Theater is right next door to the hippest record shop in the Poconos, Main Street Jukebox, and down the street from the hippest bookstore ever, Carroll & Carroll. Perusing the tomes there, you might have to listen to Mr. Carroll’s unending monologue on obscure literary finds, but …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: It’s That Time Of Year Again

No matter where I go or how far I travel, my favorite time of the year is Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, every summer. This year from August 7 to 16, Alice In Chains, Snoop Dogg, Darius Rucker, 3 Doors Down/Collective Soul, ZZ Top, Reba, Jerry Seinfeld, O.A.R., Culture Club, The …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Dion Dares

“I’ve been sitting here thinkin’ ‘bout when I started in drinking and went on to dope/

I cried a tear in a beer for me I lost everything near and dear to me mainly my children and my wife/

My idea of having a good time was sitting with my …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: In Harmony With David Crosby

BETHLEHEM, PA, July 5, 2015—Upon at first demurring at the inconsequential nature of the question posed to him by this reporter backstage in his dressing room after his one-man show at the Musikfest Café, he answered it. He was holding court, being a good sport despite his ravenous hunger, posing …

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