What Makes a Woman G.I.B.? Author: Wendy Leigh Date: 1977 Publisher: Signet Discovered at: The Second Best Thrift Shop, Astoria, Queens The Cover Promises: That being "good in bed" is such a naughty new idea that it demands a cute acronym. Also: That there's apparently no reason to aim for being ... More >>
Legendary L.A. groovy punks Redd Kross are back for reals with a new album, Researching the Blues (Merge), and soldiering on with their insistence that punk is indeed groovy. They were never strictly "punk" according to the norms of the early-'80s California scene they grew up in; nor did they alway ... More >>
Every year, a boat full of gussied-up drag queens cruises from Fire Island's Cherry Grove into the harbor of the Pines as an annual protest of the time Grove drag queens were denied drinks at the Pines' Blue Whale because they weren't "real women." This is sort of like Stonewall in reverse--we're c ... More >>
Who's that girl?
Back in October, we reported that Russian law enforcement agents had raided a Church of Scientology in Moscow, breaking down doors to get into store rooms (see the photo at right). A court there had found L. Ron Hubbard's literature to be "extremist," and called for a ban on his books in Russia. Y ... More >>
Today is Groundhog Day, and while rodents on the East Coast are split on whether or not 2012 will actually see something resembling winter around these parts, one thing's for sure: People will probably watch the 1993 Harold Ramis-directed Bill Murray vehicle Groundhog Day, in which the comedian play ... More >>
The cookbook displayed in the window of MXYPLYZYK, against a backdrop of hamburger greeting cards and Ritz boxes. Help the Goth, Vamp, or just plain cynic on your list have a very morbid Christmas by picking up a copy of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook by radio personality and raconteur Frank ... More >>
"It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang. So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is. (13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000 This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>
You've watched us reveal all but the top five entries in our big countdown, The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology -- now it's your turn to vote for your own list! Here's the link you've been waiting for -- now go and tell us who you think is doing the most to contribute to the Church of Sc ... More >>
The year was 1973. TV's Midnight Special aired David Bowie's 1980 Floor Show, a mind altering revue of rock, frocks, and genderplay. In one highlight, Bowie, dressed like a glammed-up street hooker from Mars, and Marianne Faithfull, dolled up like a glitzy nun from the French highway, duetted o ... More >>
On the 10th anniversary weekend of the September 11 attacks, every single living American blogger wrote a 9/11 memorial post. (Those who did not have been drummed out of the union.) Rightbloggers' 9/11 posts are always interesting, so we figured they'd be extra-good for 9/11 X. We were not disappo ... More >>
In Chaz Bono's new book, Transition: The Story Of How I Became A Man, Chaz talks about the different approaches taken by dad Sonny Bono and mama Cher. Writes Chaz: "With my dad, I was comfortable and happy. "He treated me like the boy I felt myself to be." But Cher would say insensitive ... More >>
Interviewing vocal powerhouse Martha Wash at Barracuda last night, I asked her how it feels to sing "It's Raining Men" as just one Weather Girl. (The other one, Izora Armstead, sadly died in 2004.) Wash said it was a little odd at first, but she eventually got used to it. And why not, I sa ... More >>
by Andrew Hamlin Alan HamlinAfter singing lead on so many Phil Spector -produced standards--"He's A Rebel," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),""He's Sure The Boy I Love"--Darlene Love was recognized for her stellar pipes last month, when she was granted a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of ... More >>
While we impatiently await the November 24 opening of Burlesque, in which Cher stars as Tess, an LA nightclub's bitchy mother hen, we've taken a stroll down celluloid lane with the Half-Breed herself. Burlesque is Cher's her first starring role since 1999's Tea With Mussolini (unless you coun ... More >>
Cher once had problems coming to terms with her daughter Chastity's lesbianism, and now she admits she still wrestles with being totally comfortable regarding Chastity's transitioning to Chaz Bono. The Oscar-winning singer/actress still gets the pronouns wrong and sometimes forgets to say ... More >>
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara are the comic legends who in the 1960s defined sardonically hilarious husband-and-wife comedy banter, like a more realistic Sonny and Cher. And they're better at it than ever!
Enjoying American top-10 lists with the hit Brits
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 2, 1967, Vol. XIII, No. 3 John Brown's Roll to Rap Brown's Rock by Stephanie Harrington Rap Brown talked to the honkies last Friday night. The occasion was the National Guardian's 19th anniversary (and fundraising) meeting. An ... More >>
Now that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is out of the picture, some people are pushing for John Mellencamp, aka John Cougar, aka John Camp Cougarmellen, to run on the Democratic line for his seat. Mellencamp is from Indiana, where he was born in a small town, and lives in Bloomington, which he a ... More >>
Photo of Chaz Bono by Jason Bell, via PopnographyOut magazine's site provides a current photo of Chaz Bono in a sneak glimpse at the mag's Out 100 issue, which will name Chaz as a reinventing icon.
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Reagan leaves the building. He put a smiley face on cruelty, but at least he chose mammon over god.
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