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Why Reggae?

What's your favorite type of music? Chances are it's from the time you were young, probably even a teenager. This is likely due not just to the memories songs can…

Sierra Fest, Version 22/10

The 22nd annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival returns to the Boonville Fairgrounds this month for the 10th time. Or, as the old cliche goes, time does fly when you're…

Doctor Sapatoo Diagnoses His Reggae Addiction

Doctor Sapatoo Diagnoses His Reggae Addiction

Michael Turner, aka "Dr. Sapatoo," is a renowned reggae music journalist and mobile disc jockey, as well as a practicing physician. He has lived in Mendocino County for 15 years,…

Graham Nash’s Sound & Vision

Graham Nash’s Sound & Vision

For a few years in the 1970s, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were America's Beatles — the most popular rock “supergroup” of them all, known widely as “CSNY.” And Graham…

The First Hippie

The First Hippie

When the rain let up and the sun went down, it started to get cold out. The soggy skies had kept it somewhat milder and sleeping out in the park…

The ‘Stain’ of Torture

The ‘Stain’ of Torture

The “Torture Report” is finally public, at least much of it, and it's been front-page news, and it is horrible, disgusting, shameful and embarrassing. Other nations not known for their…

Bob Marley Spins In His Grave

Bob Marley Spins In His Grave

The Marley estate plans to use Bob Marley's name or image on a vast array of products, from Marley coffee (the slogan: 'Stir it Up') to soccer balls, bedsheets, and…

Fukushima & Your Fish

It’s now over three and a half years since the earthquake-triggered nuclear disaster in Japan, and concerns regarding the impacts continue. In Japan itself, the impacts have been huge and…

American Music’s Long Strange Trip

For almost a quarter century, Dennis McNally held a job that could be considered an ultimate dream or nightmare, depending on one’s perspective — he was the official publicist for…

Albion Sunlight

Albion Sunlight

The Albion was on 16th Street in the Mission district, on the corner of an alley called, yes, Albion Street. This was when the Mission was a largely Latino, relatively…

Reunited & Feeling Good

Recently, there was a reunion of my high school class, a recurrent traditional all-American event I'd always ignored, but for whatever reasons the peer pressure to attend this time came…

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