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Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2015 by segarini

YouthInAsia1 This week marked two important memorial milestones in Rock and Roll History. It was 51 years ago on February 9th that the Beatles walked into the homes of America –and the world – via ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’. The other was the 56th anniversary of the Day the Music Died – with Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper perishing in a plane crash on February 3, 1959 [in a sad coincidence, Holly’s bassist in The Crickets, Joe B. Mauldin passed away on February 7th this year]. I’m of the generation that neither event was contemporaneous to me. I can only measure their importance by the impact crater they left on pop culture…and music specifically.
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Segarini: Rival Sons – Finally leading Rock into the 21st Century Part One

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by segarini

The Bobcast Bob May 6th 2013 CroppedFor the past several months, I have had difficulty finishing anything I start. I don’t know why, exactly, but it has been an ongoing problem that bothers me not because it makes me think that maybe I am running out of steam, but rather because I’m afraid it may mean that I am something I have never been, nor want to be.



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JAIMIE VERNON – The Best 2013 I’ve Ever Had

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by segarini

Vernon_Penny_LaneOur editor-in-chief, Bob Segarini, mandated a year end 2013 ‘Best and Worst’ list from the Don’t Believe A Word I Say scribes for this week. For me lists like this are an eternal yawn. I mean do you really, truly care what someone else thinks about stuff – particularly when we’ve all lived through the same year as everyone else?

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Geoff Pevere: Welcome to Geezerville. Population: Us.

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by segarini

The confirmation provided by this week’s Canadian census data that the country’s gone geezer – more Canadians than ever before are over 65 – provided an opportunity to consider a paradox. If so many of us are old, I was asked to ponder, how come there are so few codgers in pop culture? As a question, it’s more interesting than good, but in that it’s perfectly apt, as most popular culture itself is more interesting than good.

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JAIMIE VERNON: The Further Decline Of Western Civilization

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2012 by segarini

This week I came to the startling revelation (at least for me) that the human race, as a species, has reached evolutionary saturation. We are now at the tipping point of depravity, debauchery, and hedonistic self-pursuit where Rome and Greece collapsed as empires. Aside from the fighting and political upheavals – which are the cornerstone of all megologarchies since we learned to beat each other with clubs – our descent as a species rises and falls on what we spend our time doing between wars.

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