V.24 No.20 | 5/14/2015
photo courtesy of The Dolls
Real Beards, Real Ladies
New play about psychedelic drag legends The Cockettes gets a blessing from a living legend shimself
By Blake Driver
The Dolls unleash the crazy tale of San Francisco’s lovable drag disasters The Cockettes and their star-studded New York flop.
V.20 No.20 | 5/19/2011
When the Levee Breaks
Led Zeppelin: Best cover band ever
By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Mon May 16 2011 3:02 PM ]
Over the horn two weeks ago I was chatting with my Mom, who lives in Louisiana near the Mississippi River delta, about impending floods. They are/were predicted to be more massive than the epic 1927 flood, when her grandfather and others living in the delta had to take boats from town to town. This got me thinking about “When the Levee Breaks” as performed by Led Zeppelin—the band must have taken that song from an American blues artist who wrote the song about the flood. Last week—while driving through Mississippi on my way to Natchez, no less—I recalled this thought when Led Zeppelin’s song came on the radio. With a little iPhone research, I discovered that sure enough, the original song, which lies in the public domain, was written by husband and wife Kansas Joe Slim and Memphis Minnie in 1929. Led Zeppelin has a copyright on its version. At right you can play the original song. See if you think Led Zeppelin should take credit for it. Also embedded is a video exhibiting other examples of the band’s covers.
V.20 No.10 | 3/10/2011
By Captain America
If you’re looking for a by-the-numbers revival psych band wearing paisley shirts and Cuban heels, don’t bother with The Shivas. If, however, you prefer a faithful ’60s sound taken to the next level, look no further. The Shivas is what you seek. Like the Hindu deity for which the band is named, this group is the Destroyer. That is, destruction in its highest form: transformation.
V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011
Courtesy of CoFed
Food for Thought
Student collectives breed a healthy kind of codependency
By Ari LeVaux
As we're seeing in the Middle East, it can be easier to point out what's wrong with a picture than to come up with a solution. But that doesn't make a problem any less pressing. An organization called CoFed started, as many organizations do, with a protest—in this case, against the opening of a Panda Express fast-food restaurant in 2009 in the U.C. Berkeley student union.
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