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Celebrity news & gossip from the world’s showbiz and glamour magazines (OK!, Hello, National Enquirer and more). We read them so you don’t have to, picking the best bits from the showbiz world’s maw and spitting it back at them. Expect lots of sarcasm.

George Harrison: why everyone should play a ukelele

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“You can pick up a ukulele and anybody can learn to play a couple of tunes in a day or even a few hours.,” said Joe Brown,  mainstay of the UK’s skiffle sound in 1962 the man NME readers thought the ‘Top UK Vocal Personality’. “And if you want to get good at it, there’s no end to what you can do.” George Harrison, famously of the Beatles loved the instrument. “[George] He loved music, not just rock and roll…. He’d go crackers, he’d phone me up and say ‘I’ve got this great record!’ and it would be Hoagy Charmichael and all this Hawaiian stuff he used to like. George was not a musical snob.”

In 1999, Harrison wrote a small tribute to the ukelele. “Everyone I know who is into the ukulele is ‘crackers,’” said George, “you can’t play it and not laugh!”

Joe Brown closed the Harrison tribute concert at Royal Albert Hall with a uke version of “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” and Paul McCartney remembered his friend in 2009 by playing Something on a ukulele at New York’s Citi Field. He told the audience: “Whenever you went round George’s house, after dinner the ukuleles would come out and you’d inevitably find yourself singing all these old numbers.”

 

 

 

Spotter: Open Culture

Posted: 17th, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Drummer Needed’ flyer is very specific

This flyer for a drummer is very specific:

 

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Posted: 11th, July 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United sign Stormzy and Lukaku plays Dublin’s Longitude festival

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Manchester United didn’t sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton. As Ireland’s Evening Herald newspaper reports, those fools at Old Trafford signed Stormzy in error.

Says the paper’s editor Herald Alan Steenson of its scoop:

Hands up, we got it badly wrong. Earlier, we made an error with a picture of Romelu Lukaku that wasn’t him. It was Stormzy.To be honest, we are totally embarrassed and want to say sorry to all involved and our readers for the error. We will keep our eye on the ball in future.

Lukaku is playing the Longitude festival in Dublin on Friday.

Posted: 10th, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arnold Schwarzenegger being played by dummies in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies

Duncan Skiles has made this neat video of dummies and other actors pretending to be Arnold Schwarzenegger in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.

 

Posted: 10th, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sesame Street do the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage

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The Sesame Street puppets do the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage. It’s stupid-fun.

 

 

Spotter: Adam Schleichkorn on Facebook and Twitter.  Nerdcore

Posted: 6th, July 2017 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


RIP Grotbags

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Grotbags, alter ego of Carol Lee Scott, has died at the age of 74. She first caught the eyes with an appearance on Rod Hull’s Emu’s World.

Her character Grotbags was a dastardly pantomime witch, with a bright green wig and face to match. She famously hated “brats” and did her best to spoil the fun of children, using her “Bazazzer” – a pointy stick with a gold hand on the end of it.

Fans of the show flooded Twitter with comments, with Gary Dewar writing: “Daleks. Zelda. Skeletor. Nothing – NOTHING – terrified me quite like Grotbags. Bravo!”

Noob added: “Rest in peace Grotbags. You made my early years awesome. I was so scared of you!” … The show, set in the Gloomy Fortress, also starred puppeteer Richard Coombs.

If you never saw her, this is what you missed:

 

Posted: 6th, July 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barry Norman’s letter to two drunks who asked him to be their ‘honorary uncle’

“Drunk one Saturday night my friend I wrote to WONDERFUL Barry Norman asking him to become our honorary uncle,” tweets . “I treasure his letter.”

 

 

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Barry Norman: Barry Norman (21 August 1933 – 30 June 2017)

Posted: 3rd, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hunter S. Thompson’s Top 10 albums of the 1960s

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Hunter S. Thompson was into music. “I resent your assumption that Music is Not My Bag,” he told Rolling Stone editor John Lombardo in 1970, “because I’ve been arguing for the past few years that music is the New Literature, that Dylan is the 1960s’ answer to Hemingway, and that the main voice of the ’70s will be on records & videotape instead of books.”

Bob Dylan is every inch Hemingway’s equal, at least in the eyes of the Nobel Prize winning committee he is. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954); Dylan took the same prize in 2016. Dylan never considered his songs literature.

You kind of wonder why the Nobel panel did? Is there a dearth of candidates? Was it a sop of populism? Is Paul Anker next in line? Carly Simon? Dr Dre? Was it just a chance for the Nobel doyens to meet their hero in a private show? If it was the latter, hard cheese: Dylan delivered his Nobel lecture via videotape.

But, yeah, Thompson was prescient.

And these are his Top 10 albums of the 1960s (according to Raoul Duke,” the hard-living alter-ego witnessed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

 

  • Herbie Mann’s 1969 Memphis Underground (“which may be the best album ever cut by anybody”)
  • Bob Dylan’s 1965 Bringing It All Back Home
  • Dylan’s 1965 Highway 61 Revisited
  • The Grateful Dead’s 1970 Workingman’s Dead (“the heaviest thing since Highway 61 and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man'”)
  • The Rolling Stones’ 1969 Let it Bleed
  • Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 Buffalo Springfield
  • Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 Surrealistic Pillow
  • Roland Kirk’s “various albums”
  • Miles Davis’s 1959 Sketches of Spain
  • Sandy Bull’s 1965 Inventions
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    Spotter: Open Culture

    Posted: 1st, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Dog steals the show at outdoor orchestra performance in Turkey

    To Ephesus, Turkey, where the orchestra is playing among the ancient Greek ruins when a dog gatecrashes the show. And steals it:

    Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Glastonbury: Liam Gallagher ad libs about the smoke machine mid-song

    You know how it is. The artist comes on stage. He wants to sing his new stuff but the crowd are there to hear the old faves. But at Glastonbury 2017, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher combined the two to leave everyone happy.

    Having introduced his new song Wall Of Glass, Gallagher then moved into Oasis territory with Rock N Roll Star, Don’t Look Back In Anger and What’s The Story?, in which he ad-libbed a new line about a fog machine. “Turn that fucking shit fog machine off,” sings Liam in a departure from the normal lyrics.

    The crowd loved it.

     

    Posted: 27th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    ‘Mark Zuckerberg meeting truckers in Iowa looks like a movie about an alien who slowly learns to feel’

    Mark Zuckerberg meeting truckers in Iowa looks like a movie about an alien who slowly learns to feel

     

    Spotter: zzzzaaaacccchhh

    Posted: 26th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    This No Face Money box from Spirited Away is a must have

    This money box based on the character No Face on the 20-01 movie Spirited Away is great.

     

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    Spotter: Kadry

    Posted: 24th, June 2017 | In: Film, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    ‘Huge fan of Brooklyn Beckham’s terrible photographs and even worse captions’

    Brooklyn’s Beckham’s new book is out. The SADOS (sons and Daughters of Stars) are always wonderfully talented. Brooklyn’s talent seems to be in parody and satire. Brooklyn Beckham has a genius for parody. His photographer’s crap photos skewer vapid celebrity culture. Bravo, lad. Bravo.

    Two photos catch the eye – the captions are golden balls:

    “elephants in kenya. – so hard to photograph but incredible to see.”

    “dinner. i like this picture – it’s out of focus but you can tell there’s a lot going on.”

    Parody needs a soft touch. Brooklyn’s is softer than a baby cashemere goat’s bottom:

    Spotter: Alice Jones

    Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Anthony Gormley should get over himself: Crosby beach statues are there to be enjoyed

    Britain is replete of big ornaments, keepsakes and statues. Anthony Gormley made a few more and stuck his life-sized iron men statues into the sand at Crosby beach on Merseyside. Now someone’s gone and decorated them in bright bikinis and shirts with slogans like ‘This is Art’.

    Gormley wants the paint removed. He says the painting is vandalism.

    I’d argue that his statues modelled on Gormleys own body are worse. Who asked for them to be there? But since they are why not embellish them? And they look good, don’t they. The sinister grey lunks now carry a spot of seaside fun. It can’t be long before someone goes full gadabout Stag and Hen do and augments them with knobs and knockers. Ah, they have. The art world is nothing if not fast moving.

     

     

     

    I understand Gormley’s cheesed off that his work has been subverted. But what his public work means is not set in stone, whatever he initially intended. Is it really art now it’s been updated? Dunno. What does it matter to you if it is or isn’t? Maybe better next time to make it very big or stick the statues on plinths, thereby reminding the great unwashed to look up at art and see it as something better than you. Of course, if the officials do remove the paint the statues become memorials to crowd control and conformity, which would be very fitting for our age.

    Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    An insightful and knowing review of the Transformers movie

     

    Bilge Ebiri tells The Village Voice readers about the new Transformers movie:

    “No matter, because this after all is a Transformers movie, so soon we’re faced with fiiigjhkwetwnwwwjsahafajhwfohofoehaoowofoeoicioeciaqidjFaerlaeaffjgjlje XGRSXSsfdsmfjjjsomuchrandomstuffsomuchegjwogpjwd bldklhjitslikeyouthoughttheearliermovieswereeconfusinghahahah mfjff7ga98fhfhfplwxczchowarekidssupposedtounderstandanyofthisVSSH gmnskglactuallyhowareadultssupposedtounderstandanyofthisjskjjlvr lmnkrjsljrjsaywhatyouwillbutonceuponatimejsogrjdvpvarivpaeimp grfggjsfsfpoemichaelbayc”

    Spoter: Kottke

    Posted: 22nd, June 2017 | In: Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Neil Young discusses his Pagan church in this animated lost interview from 2006

     

    In 2006, Neil Young spoke with Cal Fussman about spirituality and his paganism.

    “I think I found peace in paganism. Jesus didn’t go to church, okay, so I’m way back there. I go to the forest, I go to the wheat fields, I go in the river, I go where the wind is. That’s my church.”

    Spotter: Quoted Studios, Laughing Squid

    Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Kelly LeBrock’s Weird Science jacket is on sale

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    Here’s your chance to own the jacket Kelly LeBrock wore as Lisa in Weird Science (1985). You’ll need at least $30,000.

    Profiles in History trails the item:

    Original black leather bolero-style women’s bomber jacket with short shawl lapel and hook and eye front closure. The entire jacket has been expertly studded with steel points, round stars and spikes with stud-formed symbols including spades with the number 13, crosses and diamond panels. Created by costume designer Marilyn Vance and hundreds of hours of single-studding to realize the designs’ special symbols representing luck and superstition.

    With draped link chains on the back of the jacket. Interior lined with black satin. Highly visible in the beloved coming of age, Sci-Fi comedy when dream girl brought to life., “Lisa” (LeBrock) teaches the boys, “Gary” and “Wyatt” (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) how to be “party animals”. The only one of these jackets produced due to limited time and extreme expense. In production used fine condition. Comes with an LOA from designer Marilyn Vance.

     

    Spotter: BoingBoing

     

    Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Film, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    North Korea wakes its citizens with this eerie alarm call

    Cock your ear towards Pyongyang, and in the morning you can hear the city’s PA systems waking citizens up to another rosy-fingered dawn. The North Korean regime’s choice of alarm is, well, alarming:

     

     

    Spotter: Richard Littler

    Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Brian Cant explains whatever happened to Brian Cant

     

    Brian Cant has died. The face and voice of children’s TV in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s was from an era when men on pre-school telly looked like your dad. An actor by trade, Cant was working on programmes for schools when he got wind of Play School, a BBC show for toddlers. He became the show”s lynchpin, first appearing in May 1964 and staying at ‘School’ until March 1988.

    His voice gave life to characters on the brilliant Camberwick Green (1966), Trumpton (1967) and Chigley (1969). That was Cant doing the roll call: Pugh, Pugh, Barney, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.

     

     

    Brian Cant (12 July 1933 – 19 June 2017).

    Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Man sues date for texting during Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

    Brandon Vezmar is suing his date for $17.31, the price of the movie ticket he bought her. Vezmar claims the woman’s behaviour on their night out “is a threat to civilized society”.

    Vezmar, 37, of Austin, Texas, is unhappy that whilst on a date at Barton Creek Square cinema, the woman, 35, became disinterested in the 3D showing of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and began texting.

    He talks to the American-Statesman. “It was kind of a first date from hell,” he says. About 15 minutes into the movie she took out her phone and texted. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves,” he adds. In his small claim’s law suit Vezmar claims the woman “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages”. This, he states, was a “direct violation” of the cinema’s policy on mobile phone use.

    He says he asked her to stop. She refused. He invited her to text outside, which she did. She left and never returned. She took off in the car she and Vezmar had shared to reach the cinema, leaving him to make his own way home.

    “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody,” she says. “It wasn’t like constant texting. I’m not a bad woman. I just went out on a date.”

    This being America, the woman says “she planned to file a protective order against Vezmar for contacting her little sister to get the money for the movie ticket”.

    This one will run and run.

    Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Film, Money, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Gender roles: Anything becomes all about the boy

    Acting. Isn’t that about pretending to be someone you are not? One writer takes issue with indie movie Anything, staring Matt Bomer:

    However, it is not Bomer’s incontestable conventional attractiveness that is setting off alarm bells. It is his off-screen gender and the consistent issue of cis performers playing people of trans experience in film.

    Recent years have seen both Jared Leto and Eddie Redmanye win Oscars for their respective trans-woman roles in “The Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Danish Girl”. Chloë Sevigny, Felicity Huffman, Elle Fanning and other notable cis-gender actors have taken on parts that show trans people either during or mid transition. Almost all of these actors have collected praise from the mainstream press for doing so.

    Lauding cis actors for delving into trans experiences has long been a Hollywood tradition. The frequency of those plaudits has only more regular more and more films take up the trans narrative at different angles.

    Can’t we recruit actors on merit? Non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon tells the Sunday Times:

    “I feel like one thing I encounter is that, particularly with cis men, when they find out I’m non-binary, they don’t know how to be in relation to someone that isn’t something that they understand,”

    The paper adds:

    And yet, even as more trans stories surface across all media, actual trans actors are often shut out of telling stories that are — in many senses — theirs to tell. It’s a trend that’s been a regular source of criticism and genuine concern.

    When Miley Cyrus talked about being gender fluid in 2015, some dismissed it as yet another Hollywood wild-child phase. But Cyrus is hardly alone in identifying this way, joining the likes of teen activist Amandla Stenberg, the Transparent director Jill Soloway, and the model/actor Ruby Rose, who also stars in Orange Is the New Black. The number of gender nonconforming people in the UK is growing and almost half (44%) of a poll by the Fawcett Society last year said they regard gender as more fluid than simply man or woman. Taking their cues from the real-world social discourse, Facebook and Tinder now offer dozens of gender identities.

    For those still confused, this is how Dillon put it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March: “Sex is between our legs, gender identity is between our ears.”

    So what are you? And what are you dating?

    Posted: 15th, June 2017 | In: Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    ‘I like being ugly’: Anita Pallenberg was rock’s greatest muse

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    Anita Pallenberg (6 April 1942 – 13 June 2017) – was rock music’s greatest muse, writes Rob Baker:

    Pallenberg first entered the Rolling Stones’ universe in the mid-Sixties when she sneaked into a concert in Munich and began a relationship with then-guitarist Brian Jones, but eventually left a devastated Jones for Richards.

    Marianne Faithfull wrote about Anita in her 1994 autobiography, Faithfull:

    How Anita came to be with Brian is really the story of how the Stones became the Stones. She almost single-handedly engineered a cultural revolution in London by bringing together the Stones and the jeunesse dorée…The Stones came away with a patina of aristocratic decadence that served as a perfect counterfoil to the raw roots blues of their music. This…transformed the Stones from pop stars into cultural icons.

     

     

    Anita again:

    Me and Marianne Faithfull were always left alone, as Keith and Mick were recording and we were friends. We hung out together, taking drugs together, and we went to John Paul Getty’s house, the Rossetti House, because he was the last resort and he always had some drugs.

    I always lived in Chelsea since we had a house, before that we were living in hotels. I was shocked in Chelsea by hippy girls who were walking barefoot in the Kings Road. I am Italian and in Italy shoes are a sign of wealth. Only very poor people walk without shoes.

    Keith Richards wrote in Life, his 2010 autobiography:

    I like a high-spirited woman. And with Anita, you knew you were taking on a Valkyrie—she who decides who dies in battle.

     

     

    Even after their relationship ended, Pallenberg and Richards remained close. In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Richards recalled,

    It was tough. At the same time, there is an underlying love that goes beyond all of that other stuff. I can say, ‘I love you, I just won’t live with you.’ And we’re now proud grandparents, which we never thought we’d ever see.

    Pallenberg got herself of drugs and drink and while sober during the mid-Nineties she earned a degree in fashion design from Central Saint Martins in London. During the late 2000s she returned to acting as well, appearing in films like Mister Lonely and Cheri, while in interviews she described a happy relaxed life of gardening and art and even taking up botanical drawing.

    Courtney Love once asked her whether she would consider getting plastic surgery, Anita reportedly answered, “Darling, I was the most beautiful woman in seventeen countries. I like being ugly!”

    Spotter: Flashbak, which has more.

    Posted: 14th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Will Katy Perry apologise for having culturally appropriated ‘gay hair’ and robot music?

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    Katy Perry has issued a public apology for having “culturally appropriated” a black hairstyle.

    Whites are not allowed to use black hair styles and blacks should not use white hair styles, reasons Katy. Back in your boxes, people. Your bouffant, suedehead, skinhead, mop-top, shaggy perm, bowel cut and mohican is now limited by genes.

    To avoid causing offence, and to further individuality, self-expression and freedom, all musicians should cover their heads with wimples, shrouds and Brian Eno wigs (the former Roxy Music band member recognised the link between identity and hair, choosing to cover his luxurious chestnut curls beneath a ‘balding’ helmet, thus securing his ‘brand’ and enduring ‘iconic’ status).

    People should not wear metal helmets because the robot community is offended. “The likes of Gary Newman, Kraftwerk, and Daft Punk all pretend to be robots,” says Mr Autotune, partner at Messers Speak ‘n’ Spell PR and a spokesmachine for the robot community. “Their behaviour suppresses robot-kind and perpetuates arcane media narratives of robots as lacking in emotion and incapable of playing anything other than synthesizers.”

    Meanwhile, Perry has yet to explain why she’s adopted the hairstyles of a gay man.

     

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    Posted: 13th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Richard Hammond is not dead (he’s on Amazon Prime)

    “I thought Richard Hammond had died.” says Jeremy Clarkson on the Daily Star’s cover. No, Clarkson, he’s just not on the telly as much, having moved from the BBC to Amazon Prime.

     

    Richard Hammond car crash

     

    For those of you not in the know. Hammond was in a car crash. No, it wasn’t the car crash that put him in a coma a few years ago. And it wasn’t the Top Gear car crash – that was Chris Evans. This car crash was when Hammond destroyed a “£2million electric car” while filming The Grand Tour show.

    He’s alive.

    But how much was that car worth? The Sun, Mail and Mirror all agree that the car was worth £2m. But was it? The Times says it was worth $1m, which a lot of money for a customised milk float, but a lot less than £2m.

     

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    The car was a Rimac Concept One, an electric car. You can buy one for $980,000. You can buy the one Hammond was riding in for less.

     

    Posted: 13th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Why Hunter S. Thompson typed out The Great Gatsby & A Farewell to Arms word for word

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    Learning to write is hard. Leaning to write well is a grind. Hunter S. Thompson put in the hard yards, typing out whole pages of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. He did this “just to get the feeling,” writes Louis Menand at The New Yorker, “of what it was like to write that way.”

    Johnny Depp told The Guardian:

    “He’d look at each page Fitzgerald wrote, and he copied it. The entire book. And more than once. Because he wanted to know what it felt like to write a masterpiece.”

    Josh Jones adds:

    In a 1958 letter to his hometown girlfriend Ann Frick, Thompson named the Fitzgerald and Hemingway novels as two especially influential books, along with Brave New World, William Whyte’s The Organization Man, and Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything (or “Girls before Girls”), a novel that “hardly belongs in the abovementioned company,” he wrote, and which he did not, presumably, copy out on his typewriter at work. Surely, however, many a Thompson close reader has discerned the traces of Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Hemingway in his work, particularly the latter, whose macho escapades and epic drinking bouts surely inspired more than just Thompson’s writing.

    Spotter: Open Culture

     

    Posted: 11th, June 2017 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0