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Thirty-nine years ago this week there might have been anarchy in Pittsburgh if the Sex Pistols had opened their first and only U.S. tour at the old Leona Theater in nearby Homestead, as originally planned. Here's the story of their ill-fated two-week invasion of America.
http://tinyurl.com/hsan2j2

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For those who want to do some serious mood-swinging this Christmas, allow me to recommend some lesser known holiday tunes that are guaranteed to keep you under the covers, with a tissue box in one hand and a bottle of bourbon in the other, for days on end. But seriously, I don't mean to be sound insensitive or irreverent about the holidays. This can be a sad time for many. Remember to reach out to those who may be alone or lonely. http://tinyurl.com/kn8lg4o [From my blog archives]

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Bob Dylan was born a Jew, converted to Christianity in his late 30s, and later returned to his Jewish roots. But even though he’s no longer a full-time Christian, he believes that Christmas tunes are an integral part of America’s rich folk song tradition. You can read all about it in this post from the archives of my blog The Hip Quotient.http://tinyurl.com/n6n282k

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Today I extend a lusty black-and-blue birthday greeting – and a bouquet of the finest dead flowers – to The Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards. He embodies the true spirit of rock-n-roll rebellion like no other artist. I love lots of rockers for lots of reasons, but Keith will always be my bad-boy fantasy object. http://tinyurl.com/o6wqpky

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If you’re the type of music lover who’s searching for a playlist of interesting alt-holiday tunes, welcome to The Hip Quotient's "12 Days of Christmas Songs" collection. These aren’t novelty ditties or updated covers of traditional classics. They’re original compositions from artists of all stripes. [From my blog archives.] Thanks for tuning in!
http://tinyurl.com/ospgktn

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Personally, I think that red-nosed wonder should have told those bullies to stick their reindeer games where the arctic sun don't shine.
http://tinyurl.com/jx3rrg9

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For John Lennon on the 36th anniversary of his death. Here's the story of the Lennon Wall in Prague, from the archives of my blog The Hip Quotient. http://tinyurl.com/ogzgtsh

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Forty years ago today the Sex Pistols shot to international notoriety following their raunchy behavior on a popular British talk show. Here’s the dirty little tale -- from the archives of my Hip Quotient blog. http://tinyurl.com/mav9ta5

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I'm sending a babushka full of hugs and kisses to Steven Van Zandt on his 66th birthday. Here's a tribute, from my blog archives. Right from the start – to quote a Bruce Springsteen song – Stevie and I "liked the same music, we liked the same bands, we liked the same clothes." A long lost sibling, perhaps? Hmmm, did my mom ever have a boyfriend in the Garden State? [Peeps, The Hip Quotient has been in re-run mode for the last several months, but don't get your leather/lacy/velvet/burlap/kevlar knickers in a twist. New and more UNUSUAL material is coming soon.] http://tinyurl.com/nud3r9t

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It's Velvet Revolution Day! On this date in 1989, Czechoslovakia embarked on the road to freedom. Here's some background on how rock and roll played a major part in the roots of the movement, and inspired Vaclav Havel's presidency. http://tinyurl.com/pzldob9
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