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  What separates Pamela Des Barres, in her own words, from any other “rock historian” is the appeal of being "the person who was able to sit between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant while they were doing the set list for Led Zeppelin II.” But she’s more than a simple artifact of music’s golden era, of course. She just happens to be a former member of one of the first (and, to knowledge, only) groupie bands. She's also a rock journalist and author of several successful books,...
A warning: this post contains a photo and descriptions of domestic violence. Disturbing pictures of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being choked in a restaurant by her husband of 10 years Charles Saatchi started circulating over the weekend. The couple was in a British restaurant Scott’s, which is known for being frequented by celebrities, when the incident occurred. A witness said: “I have no doubt she was scared. It was horrific, really. She was very tearful and was constantly dabbing her eyes."   Lawson has apparently since left the...
  David Grubin’s Downtown Express may not open until June 25th, but its musical score is already making waves. The film follows a promising Julliard violin student who falls for a street performer and joins her band. When the musicians happen to be played by Philippe Quint and Nellie McKay, it’s easy to see how critics are falling for this film. If you don’t already know and love Nellie McKay as the magical puff of feminist fairy dust that brought you such gems as “Mother of Pearl...
  I’d like to thank The Entertainment Software Association for what we already know. Women make up close to half of the entire video gaming population—45 percent. And hey, guess what? It’s not really news at all. That’s not to say that all’s well in the console world. After reading up on this new statistic, I scrunched my eyebrows and had to revert back to last week, where I was curiously watching the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)—the biggest video-gaming conference of the year. Basically, if you’re not...
  We may think we know, but we have no idea. She was the most famous woman in the world and yet the world knew so little about her. Marilyn Monroe was so much more than the air-headed characters she portrayed; she was highly intelligent, passionate and driven, as well as an innovative leader for women in Hollywood. She bucked the system and made her career her own. Love Marilyn  takes her recently discovered writings and turns them into poignant glimpses into the complicated life of the...