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Soul Syndicate rhythm section: dem, dem are all icons

The Soul Syndicate members dem, dem are all icons” On February 26, before coronavirus disrupted normal rhythms of life all over the world, I spoke for twenty minutes with my friend, legendary guitarist Tony Chin, at the Dub Club in Los […]

Soul Syndicate rhythm section: dem, dem are all icons

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The Soul Syndicate members dem, dem are all icons” On February 26, before coronavirus disrupted normal rhythms of life all over the world, I spoke for twenty minutes with my friend, legendary guitarist Tony Chin, at the Dub Club in Los […]

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Legendary members of Soul Syndicate still burning the fire: New albums released

With February’s confluence of earthstrong celebrations for reggae’s king, Bob Marley — this year, his 75th—and its crown prince, Dennis Brown (not far behind at 63), and also, ever

“Just Mercy” and justice? Not in Alabama

The chance of there being “just mercy” for Nathaniel Woods—facing lethal injection on March 5 for the killing of three Birmingham police officers—is as good as the chance Alabama

Julian Marley spreads righteousness around the world

High up in the Hollywood hills overlooking Babylon, on the cusp of Bob Marley’s 75th earthstrong, I interviewed his son, Julian Marley, the day before the Grammy Awards ceremony,

Legendary drummer Santa Davis in a historic conversation (Part 1)

A Historic Conversation with Legendary Drummer Santa Davis (The Interview—Part 1) On December 1, 2019, I interviewed drummer Carlton “Santa” Davis—at his house in Los Angeles—for over three hours about

Hey Los Angeles: More public restrooms, please!

I have to pee. But I can hold it; thank you, God! I can hold it until I get there, and everything will be fine. It's not like I urgently need

Death penalty horror: Stark disparities in media and activist attention

On November 12, intrepid abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean tweeted to her legions of followers: “What do Sen. Ted Cruz, Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and me all

Alabama’s contract to gas humans to death is shrouded in sick secrecy

For $25,000, Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall has contracted with Tennessee company “FDR Safety,” to assist Alabama in developing a barbaric new protocol – to execute its death row prisoners, whom

Scientist vs. Cooper, Part 3

Rarely has a music fan like myself been blessed with the genuine friendship and kindness – and unparalleled access – to an artist of the stature of legendary sound

Tony Chin’s historic, unstoppable career in music (part 2)

 Unstoppable, Historic Career in Music (The Interview: Part 2)  At the end of Part 1 of my interview of legendary guitar player Tony Chin, Tony recounted several never before published stories about

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