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John Scott G

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John Scott G, an admitted word nerd, writes books, plays, screenplays, and political commentary. Author of "Area Code 666," "Secret Sex," and "Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka," Mr. G also writes under the pseudonym Gerald Laurence. Every day he happily rubs a few phrases up against each other to create sparks in your brain. You're welcome. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

A Guy Called Joe (That’s Mr. Satriani to You)

ADSP Chapter 21: Some guitarists play at lightning speed but it's the tone, the style, and the aura of magic that define the true heroes of the electric guitar. Joe Satriani. You've heard his work or you've heard his name, and he's either the greatest thing since sex or he's simply a technical master who goes through his shtick very well but has no true worth. (I look forward to your letters.)

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Book Review: ‘Thank You, Anarchy’ by Nathan Schneider

BOOK REVIEW: Anarchy gets a new and more positive definition in Nathan Schneider's book about the Occupy movement, "Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse." Part history, part on-the-scene reporting, and part hope for a better future, the work is valuable and delightfully controversial.

Upper Class and Low Class: Book review of ‘The Patriarch’ by David Nasaw

BOOK REVIEW: Joseph P. Kennedy was a curious mixture of good and bad: sometimes a hero but oft-times a scoundrel. His incredible life gets a close examination from writer-teacher-historian David Nasaw in "The Patriarch" (ISBN: 978-1-59420-376-3). The dichotomies pile atop one another in a fascinating portrait.

Oh Buddy: This Guy is Great – Blues guitar virtuoso Buddy Guy succeeds on every level

ADSP Chapter 22: Blues guitar virtuoso Buddy Guy succeeds on every level from soul to sizzle to showmanship. Sitting in his trailer before taking the stage for a festival performance, Buddy Guy is philosophical about his place in the pantheon of blues guitarists.

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OMG: Book review of ‘Zealot’ by Reza Aslan

BOOK REVIEW: How often is there a media brouhaha over a book about fairy tales? RWNJs are offended by Reza Aslan's 'Zealot' but they should be pleased that it will be one of the least-read bestsellers ever.

God of Guitar: A Visceral Reaction to Jeff Beck

ADSP Chapter 2 -- God of Guitar: A Visceral Reaction to Jeff Beck -- There are 6,189 seats in the Gibson Amphitheater and guitar players are in 5,133 of them. Girlfriends of guitar players are in the rest. The occasion is a rare appearance by Jeff Beck, a somewhat reclusive Englishman whose stunning fret-board work has influenced pop, rock, heavy metal, blues, R&B, and jazz-rock fusion.

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Dead Uncertain: Book Review of ‘Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife’ by Mary Roach

BOOK REVIEW: When you die, what happens? Lots of folks are attempting to make money by demonstrating they have the answer, but there's this teeny-tiny thing called facts getting in their way. Mary Roach finds humor in every bone-chilling moment of her investigation.

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Awesome Artistry Flies Under the Fame Radar

ADSP Chapter 20: Life can be a bit of a crapshoot. For example, one never knows when a night on the town will bring you face-to-face with magnificent music. SONIA DADA -- They played for 115 minutes and the crowd was panting for more. That just goes to show you what can happen when a great group sings terrific tunes. This delightful situation went beyond mere sonic pleasure and became almost cosmic because Sonia Dada has tapped into the primal force of life.

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Night on the Town, or: Untouchable Sex Chain in Tupelo

ARTICLE: There I was, working at an ad agency whose main office was located not too far from Amoeba Records and the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, not to mention a whole bunch of clubs, bars, nightspots, and everything else in that gaudy cesspool known as Tinsel Town. The ad shop was a medium-sized place with only a couple dozen employees but they had some very busy retail accounts like car dealerships and a national chain of pizza restaurants.

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Singers and their Songs – they need tunes and lyrics before they step into the spotlight

ARTICLE: "That's a hit song!" The speaker was Wendie Colter, complimenting fellow artist Fran Lucci on one of her warm numbers. This was just before Colter delivered one of several potential hit songs of her own. And it was near the middle of a set featuring nicely textured work by Denise (lead singer from the indie band Jacar), as well as several crowd-rousing numbers from the supremely strong-voiced Mara.

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Musicians Who Go Above and Beyond

ARTICLE: Musicians of every type, from the deplorable to the divine, hit the stage every night of the week. Amongst the many who are mundane you can sometimes find a superstar that just hasen't yet been thrust into the limelight.

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Clubbing: Rakit, Soul Friction, Organik, EYE

ARTICLE: Okay, who's making this incredible racket? Oh wait, it's Rakit, a three-piece group that never saw a volume-boosting device it didn't like. The music they create is dark, mysterious, pounding, tortuous, arduous, twisted, hazardous, risky, treacherous, freaky, and full of danger. In other words, it's great fun.

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Clubbing: Larisa Stow, Chris Pierce, Jillian Speer, Dakota Moon, Shannon Moore

ARTICLE: Taking a ride on a cosmic wave of positive energy is a joy that special performers offer. Here are some notable examples of artists who provide transcendence within the forms of popular music. Some musicians seem to provide their own light. Larisa Stow is someone whose on-stage persona contains a million watt beacon. While her vocals are quite lovely, the force of her talent can make you think hers is the prettiest voice in the world.

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