Rant ‘N’ Roll: Baseball

I don’t know how I convinced the publisher of this paper to let me cover the Yankees and Mets in 1980 but I did. The Phillies won the World Series that year for the first time since their 1883 inception and when they came to Shea Stadium, I was right …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Close Encounters (Natalie Cole)

By the dawn of the 1980s, the Aquarian Weekly was affording me the opportunity to meet my heroes, and I was loving every minute of it. Kris Kristofferson talked for hours. Wilson Pickett told me he meant to murder one of The Isley Brothers when he shot at them with …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: A New Jersey Rock ‘N’ Roll Mystery

So the question remains after all these years: Did Bruce Springsteen really kidnap an Aquarian photographer in 1978 to teach him a lesson in privacy? Did he really have him driven to a desolate spot on the highway, take the film from his camera, and leave him stunned and speechless …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Who Was That Masked Man?

The crowd at the 1972 Newport In New York Jazz Festival had never seen anything like it. One minute we were all grooooving to some bebop and swing and the next minute some madman wearing a mask and a cape casually strolled down the aisle from the back and got …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Bar Band Horror Stories

So after almost three years of reviewing all kinds of music, the publisher of this newspaper made me Music Editor in 1977. I had never taken one journalism course in college and I didn’t know how to edit. I was very good, though, at getting high and going to see …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: From The Ridiculous To The Sublime

Bats dance with voodoo chieftains as Alice Cooper brandishes a sword and hundreds of balloons are released inside Madison Square Garden. It’s the first week of May 1975. Spring is bringing new possibilities into my life and when Alice gets into bed with a female dummy to slap her and …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Sweet Soul Man Turns Sour

As I was too stoned to take notes reviewing Yes at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City the summer of ’75, I split The Aquarian byline with a friend. Shortly after that, Al Green appeared to be even more stoned than I was as he fumbled through two songs at The …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Slugged By Janis

Back when the New Jersey drinking age was 18, clubs around The Garden State were exploding with music, and The Aquarian Weekly was right there to document the simultaneous scenes breaking out in North Jersey, down the shore and points central. There was a disco in West Orange that became …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: In The Beginning…

The Aquarian Weekly started in 1969. I walked through its doors in 1974 with a beautiful Asian girl named Luna to ask its owner if I could write about rock ‘n’ roll. Never having taken any journalism courses, and with but one published feature (a Cranford Chronicle piece about a …

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