Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Pictures, Images and Photos

Wishing all my readers & fans of Mystic Rock Boutique a Rockin' New Year's eve and a happy, fun, healthy & prosperous New Year!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ringo Starr Birthplace Not Worthy Of Preserving

Ringo Starr Birthplace Not Worthy Of Preserving
By VVN Music

English Heritage, the organization in charge of naming places in England that should be preserved, has ruled that the birthplace of Ringo Starr in Liverpool is not worth adding to their list.

The home at 9 Madryn Street was scheduled for demolition before a committee was formed and petitioned the British government to make the house a historical site. The local council wants to knock down the home and surrounding streets to make way for new housing.

This past August, Philip Coppell, a Beatles tour guide for the past twenty years and Chairman of the Save Madryn Street Society, told the Britain's Telegraph "What the council is proposing to do is nothing short of criminal and they will be convicted in the court of international public opinion if they go ahead with it. If the council in Stratford wanted to knock down Shakespeare's birthplace and move it to the NEC there would be outrage. The only difference between the two is that Shakespeare has a four hundred year head-start on the Beatles.

"If they move it to the museum it will lose the sense of the area where it stands. Seeing it in a museum is just not going to have the same impact as visiting the street where Ringo was born. Ringo Starr lived in other houses, but he was only born in one. If it's knocked-down, even if it is moved, fans all over the world are going to be up in arms. They will just not understand how Liverpool can carry-out this kind of cultural vandalism."

Making the recent decision even more controversial is the fact that English Heritage recently ruled that the street crossing in London where the cover of Abbey Road was shot should be preserved. A spokesperson for Save Britain's Heritage, which opposes the demolition, told the website BDOnline "How is it possible to argue that (the) birthplace of Ringo Starr is less important than the Abbey Road crossing? Madryn Street, which Ringo frequently refers to in his own writings and lyrics, draws in thousands of visitors from across the globe.

"It is in an area desperately trying to cling on to its historic identity in the face enforced blight and threatened destruction. The house and neighbourhood embody the romance of the Beatles story."


(I hope they get a lot of pressure put on them so they do the right thing by letting Ringo's birthplace stand. Is it just because Ringo doesn't get respect, because they always portray him as the goofy one...Ringo deserves credit and respect! I LoVE Ringo :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Deborah Harry Will See In New Year With A Gig

BLONDIE frontwoman DEBORAH HARRY won't be joining revellers for the traditional drunken countdown on New Year's Eve - she always plays a show on December 31 to give her good luck for the next 12 months.

The singer refuses to make plans with friends and family to ring in the New Year, insisting it's important for her to play a gig instead.

She tells Britain's Live magazine, "I have a rule - I always work on New Year's Eve. I don't care where I do it, whether it's a club or a bar or a big stage, it doesn't matter. I just have to work because I always feel it's symbolic for me for the next year."

It's always nice to do something you love whether on new year's eve or any other holiday you like that becomes a tradition with gives greater meaning to the holiday.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

All Roses All the Time

All Roses All the Time
Curated by LustrousLamps

A beautiful collection of rose theme creations - curated by LustrousLamps. I'd like to thank her for including my Verdigris Rose dangle earrings by Vamp in her collection. Check out all the beautiful creations featured here on ArtFire Studios

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ozzy Crashes New Ferrari

Ozzy Osbourne Gets License Then Crashes His New Ferrari
By VVN Music

It almost sounds like a script for their old series The Osbournes. 

Ozzy Osbourne just got his drivers license after years of not getting behind the wheel. To celebrate, he went out and bought himself a brand new Ferrari.

Unfortunately, with just twenty miles on the odometer, he managed to run into the back of another car, one driven by a lawyer.

Sharon Osbourne explained on her CBS show The Talk:

"Ozzy just recently passed his driving test and you know, every guy's dream from being a kid to 62, they've wanted to have a Ferrari.

"So he goes and gets himself one. It had 20 miles on the clock, he goes, 'I'm going driving.' He goes out, gets lost, doesn't know where he is and he hits another car. But the guy he hits is a lawyer.

"So then Ozzy has a wicked panic on, he says sorry, he gets out the car and the guy goes, 'I'm calling the police.' Ozzy goes, 'You don't have to, it's only a minor thing.' The guy goes, 'I'm a lawyer.' And Ozzy says, 'Jeez, it's just my luck, I hit Perry Mason.' It's like, of all the people in the world! This guy was being really lawyer-like, asking questions, being really strict. He was like, 'Don't you leave!' Ozzy was like, 'I'm not going anywhere.'"

Now poor Ozzy won't even get back in the car. "I keep telling him (to get back in the car). He's disappointed."

Osbourne said in a recent interview that it took him 19 tries to get his license including one attempt where he was so nervous he asked his doctor to prescribe tranquilizers. The bad part is that he fell asleep during the test and woke up with a note on the dashboard saying "Unfortunately, Mr. Osbourne has not passed the exam and would suggest that he never again try to drive this car."

(This story is just to funny, but I'm sure it wasn't for poor Ozzy. Just his luck to crash into a lawyer of all people, well it could have been worse, could have been a cop LOL.)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

ALL IS BRIGHT Curated by sandeeknits

ALL IS BRIGHT Curated by sandeeknits - Collection Published on 12-19-2010

Jewelry by Vamp's Mystic Moon & Stars necklace is featured here, take a look at all the pretty celestial influenced jewelry.

We'd like to thank the curator of this beautiful collection SandeeKnits for including Vamp's Mystic Moon necklace in her collection.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

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New Black Sabbath Bootleg

New Black Sabbath Bootleg Emerges
By Andrew Tijs

An unreleased live bootleg of ‘Hand Of Doom’ from 1970 has found its way onto the ‘net.

The Metal Den reports that the recording from a soundboard during an early Sabbath gig has never been circulated in the four decades of its existence.

It’s a surprisingly clear recording of ‘Hand Of Doom’, from their 1970 metal landmark Paranoid.

It was posted on YouTube by a user who regularly uploads old metal recordings.

The user, Sid777rock suggests that its provenance is unknown, but a commenter claims that the voice at the end of the performance is Claude Nobs, organiser of Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival.

According to a setlist posted on the net, the band did play the Casino De Montreux on August 31 in 1970, with ‘Hand Of Doom’ as the sixth track, so we may have cracked the code.

Either way, check it out below – one of the best lost bootlegs ever heard from the metal pioneers.

Source: Undercover & YouTube

(Excellent, always nice to hear The Sabbath & if it weren't for Black Sabbath we would not have the genre Heavy Metal...they rule the night!)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Doors' Jim Morrison pardoned for indecent exposure

Doors' Jim Morrison pardoned for indecent exposure

(I'm glad finally Jim has been pardoned - took so many years but at least now it's finally over and a wrong made right.)

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and SUZETTE LABOY, Associated Press Brendan Farrington And Suzette Laboy, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This is the end for the wild concert 41 years ago that left Jim Morrison marked with what today would be considered sex-offender status. Florida's Clemency Board, egged on by departing Gov. Charlie Crist, pardoned The Doors' long-dead singer Thursday on indecent exposure and profanity charges stemming from the show.

Some people who were at the Miami concert March 1, 1969, insist even today that he exposed himself, though others in the audience and Morrison's bandmates contend he was just teasing the crowd and only pretended to do the deed. Crist, tuned in to the controversy by a Doors fan, said there was enough doubt about what happened at the Dinner Key Auditorium to justify a pardon.

The board, which consists of Crist and a three-member Cabinet, voted unanimously to pardon Morrison as they granted several other pardons Thursday. At the hearing, the governor called the convictions a "blot" on the record of an accomplished artist for "something he may or may not have done."

He said Morrison died before he was afforded the chance to present his appeal, so Crist was doing that for him. Board members pointed out several times that they couldn't retry the case but that the pardon forgave Morrison and negated his sentence.

"In this case the guilt or innocence is in God's hands, not ours," Crist said.

Morrison had received a six-month jail sentence — never served — and a $500 fine for the 1970 convictions, which carried consequences for the band. Ray Manzarek, The Doors' keyboard player, said Miami was supposed to be the start of a 20-city tour, but every venue canceled after Morrison's arrest.

"We had the mandate of heaven, and I think at that moment, he lost the mandate of heaven," Manzarek said. "In the recording studio, the magic stayed, but I think at that moment in Miami, the live performance magic left for a little while and then came back intermittently."

Morrison's appeals were never resolved. He was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971 at age 27.

Manzarek and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger supported the pardon because they say Morrison never exposed himself, though they agreed Florida's move will have little affect on Morrison's wild, outsized, drug-addled rock 'n' roll image.

"Jim's legacy is one of Dionysian madness and frenzy and of a chaotic American poet. I don't think that the Miami episode has altered his image one iota," Manzarek said.

The pardon isn't enough for Patricia Kennealy Morrison, who says she married Morrison in a ceremony that was never made official. She wanted the convictions expunged and called the pardon "a complete cheap, cynical, political ploy."

"I have a real problem with the semantics of a pardon. The pardon says that all his suffering and all that he went through during the trial, everything both of us went through, was negated," she said.

Kennealy Morrison says she exchanged vows with Morrison in a Celtic pagan ceremony. Morrison left his entire estate to another woman, Pamela Courson, a longtime girlfriend who was with him when he died. Courson died in 1974.

Kennealy Morrison said Morrison's convictions led to his demise, and that of the band. She said he felt like he "had been made a scapegoat of the counterculture movement."

"He cared about it. It affected him deeply. In fact, I think it was one of the contributory causes of his death, actually. It certainly destroyed The Doors, pretty much. They didn't perform so much as a group after Miami, after the verdict came through," she said.

Manzarek and Krieger said Morrison's main interest in appealing the case was avoiding jail time.

"He wouldn't give a (expletive)" about a pardon, Krieger said. "He would think it was old news."

Here's what most people who were at the concert agree on: The Doors went on stage late. The auditorium was oversold and wasn't air conditioned. Morrison was drunk and stopped in the middle of songs with an anti-authority, profanity-riddled rant.

A live lamb was brought on stage at one point, and Morrison also grabbed a police officer's hat and threw it in the crowd. The singer took off his shirt and fiddled with his belt, and fans poured onto the stage.

"There were 100 photos offered in evidence at the trial, photos of everything — Jim with the lamb, Jim with the hat, on the stage collapsing, riot in the audience. Not one photo of Jim's magnificent member," said Manzarek.

"It never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis," he said.

Krieger added: "Nobody would like to have that charge hanging over their head even if they are dead. I'm sure his family would be happy to see that go, especially since it never happened."

While Morrison denied exposing himself, he defended the use of nudity in theater even after his arrest. And he never toned down his lifestyle.

The fact that Morrison didn't change his life is exactly why he shouldn't have been pardoned, said retired Miami police sergeant Angel Lago, who came to Tallahassee to speak against the pardon. While he wasn't on the police force at the time of the concert, he said a friend testified at the trial that Morrison exposed himself. He firmly said his friend wouldn't have lied under oath.

"The man is not worthy of this. I don't care if he was a poet, I don't care if he walked on water," Largo told reporters during a break in the meeting.

Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, began considering a pardon for Morrison in 2007 after fan David Diamond of Dayton, Ohio, contacted him, and began pursuing it after he lost a bid for U.S. Senate last month. He steps down as governor next month.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Happy Birthday Jim Morrison

Can't go without wishing and remembering Jim Morrison of The Doors. Happy birthday to a kindred soul Jim - dark angel, poet, mystic, your star still shines fiery bright as far as the eye can see into eternity...

Found these video & thought it would make a good tribute to him.

I'm gonna love ya till the stars fall from the sky....

Monday, December 06, 2010

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Busted

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Busted In New Zealand
By VVN Music

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with marijuana possession in a New Zealand court leading to questions of whether the charge will hurt the group's ability to tour.

Rudd was arrested in October 7 after the police raided his boat which was anchored at the Tauranga Beach Marina in North Island. They found 25 grams (.88 ounces) of pot on board.

Rudd and his lawyer appeared in Tauranga District Court last Tuesday with Phil pleading guilty; however, his lawyer asked for leniency, saying that the conviction on the charge could make international touring difficult. Magistrate Robyn Paterson refused and gave Rudd the full charge along with a fine of $186 and $99 in court costs. The judge told the drummer "It was not just an accident. You were blindly ignoring the law. You have been playing Russian roulette."

(This bites, hopefully they will still be able to tour.)

CBGB Movie Coming

CBGB Movie Coming
By VVN Music

With all the music bio films that are being made, you start to wonder if there is room for one more, but the latest from Randall Miller and Jody Savin is a bit different.

It's the biography of CBGB, the legendary New York club that gave the first major exposure to artists like Talking Heads, the Ramones, Patti Smith and Blondie.

Miller and Savin, who are also currently working on a biopic of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, have said that the movie will "center on the real-life story of Hilly Kristal’s CBGB club and its impact on the underground music scene." 

The pair talked with Sight on Sound:

“This is a film about an era of music, about a place that I hung out at in New York in the early ’80s and about an unsung champion of new music,” Savin said.

Miller added: “(Jody) knows everything I do as a filmmaker, but she adds a love for New York and an ear for this time and place.

Miller and Savin are co-writing the untitled film with Savin making her directorial debut. They are both producing through their Unclaimed Freight Productions.

(Cool,...I think that time in the New York music punk scene was an exciting one and a movie will be great to see!)

Monday, November 29, 2010

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Gift Ideas

Gifts For Her:

Black & White Polka Dot Fashion Messenger Bag

Rock Star Gold Star Black Scarf

Zebra Red Black Scarf

Misfits Black Wristlet Purse

Skull Crossbones Tote Bag

Black & Pink Pentagram Over Knee Socks

Gifts For Baby:

The Beatles Apple Infant Onesie

Ozzy Toon Toddler Tee

Gifts For Teens:

Blood Red Gothic Rose Hair Clip/Pin

Leopard Pink Black Bow Hairband

Green Skull Tattoo Dangle Earrings

Dark Angel Wing Necklace

Skull Crossbones Crystal Anklet

Belladonna Goth Girl Tee

Godsmack Tattoo Rays Girly Tee

Houses of The Holy Zep Youth Tee

Gifts For Him:

Lost Soul Men's Wallet

Skull Tattoo No Mercy Tee

Led Zeppelin Cosmic Swan Song Tee

Classic & Legendary Band Tees

Rob Zombie Monster Tee

Pink Floyd The Wall Hat

Zep Brown Swan Song Beanie

Rock Tees

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Triquetra Journal

Goddess Dolls

Rock Patches

Rock Stickers

Rock Posters

Rock Gifts

Mystical & Magical Gifts

Books: We recommend The Last Stage - by author Jim Cherry - Follows the travels and travails of a Doors tribute band on the road. “The Last Stage” includes a lot of Doors history, as well as legend and theories on some unknown parts of The Doors story. “The Last Stage” is available from the publisher at Jymsbooks. if you would like an autographed copy from Jim Cherry contact him at jym@jymsbooks for details.

So much more available at our boutique Mystic Rock

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happening Now Thru Monday @ Mystic Rock

Happening Now Thru Monday @ Mystic Rock - A Little Tour Thru The Boutique

Someone's knocking at my door someone's ringing the bell. Do me a favor, open the door and let 'em in...step inside to where all the iconic and legendary bands live here at Mystic Rock Boutique.

Follow me down the ancient gallery down the hall where you see the faces of rock's greatest bands. Timeless classics still commanding attention. There by the door way hangs a poster of an angel, a poet, clad in leather, the famous face of The Doors Jim Morrison.

Moving down the corrider we come to another door that reads The Zep Closet, let's take a peek inside. Well what have we here but everything Zeppelin you can imagine. I can live inside this closet for some time discovering all the treasures. Love to stay here but got to show you around the place.

We come to a case full of patches, stickers, rock buttons, bandanas and all those goodies that would be perfect for stocking stuffers! Through another passage way we enter another door and it's full of rock fashion accessories, totebags, messenger bags, handbags, wallets, scarves, even hair accessories. All through the hallways we see posters of rock bands, Blondie, The Ramones, The Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd to name a few and rooms with all kinds of Classic rock t-shirts.

Up stairs to the magic room it says. Up the stairs we go and enter a room thats purple & black, dark and all kinds of magical items, talismans & chimes hang all around, you can feel the room is alive with energy. Candles burning and Dragons Blood incense scents the room, a table with tarot cards and crystal ball on it. Oh and there she is Madame V, dressed in a long black lace dress, a bit witchy a bit vampire, definitely intriguing. On a sign it says 3 card reading for $25...maybe some other time!

Back down to where we first entered the hallway to the main room. Behind cases there are beautiful handmade items and jewelry by Vamp, one of a kind jewelry with mystique. The Mystic Rock logo banner hangs behind the counter and below it reads Black Friday special now thru Monday November 29 all online U.S. orders $15 & up are shipped FREE! That's a deal so much to pick from it's a no brainer and easy to get some cool gifts for Sister Susie, brother John' Martin Luther, Phil 'n' Don
Brother Michael, Auntie Gin, Uncle Ernie, Uncle Ian, Annie & Dawn, Dave & Michael even Sean. Go shopping for everyone on YOUR list!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

iTunes Sells Half A Million Beatles Albums In A Week

iTunes Sells Half A Million Beatles Albums In A Week
By Andrew Tijs

In the first week the Beatles catalogue was made available on iTunes, they sold over 450,000 albums and two million individual songs.

On November 16, iTunes finally launched a catalogue of 13 remastered Beatles albums, and the double disc ‘Past Masters’ and Red and Blue collections.

Also, fans who bought the entire box set received a ‘Live At The Washington Coliseum 1964’ concert film.

It’s a small bonus, since the digital box set is $149 in the US and $259 in Australia, yet the physical box set can be bought from Amazon for $130.

Also, individual Beatles albums are selling for between $21 and $35 on the Australian iTunes, whereas the prices in the US are between $13 and $20.

The Australian dollar has been hovering around parity with the US dollar for weeks.

Therefore, this might account for the fact that Beatles titles are nowhere near as high on the Australian iTunes chart as they appear on the US iTunes chart.

Regardless, those iTunes figures - 450,000 albums and two million songs - are massive. We’ll just have to wait until the weekend to see how the ARIA chart reflects the numbers.

(People just can't get enough of The Beatles! You'd think they would have hopped on the digital wave long ago, but guess better late than never eh? I'm sure Lennon would be impressed. Go Beatles & for Beatles tees & merch please do visit our website.)

Axl Rose Sues Guitar Hero For $20M Oh My!

Axl Rose Sues Guitar Hero For $20M
By Andrew Tijs

Axl Rose is suing Activision, the makers of Guitar Hero, for $20 million.

Reuters reports that the Guns N Roses dictator is suing the video game company for “breach of contract” for using the Gunners classic ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ in Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock.

Seems Axl stipulated that the only way he was going to approve the use of the song is if Activision wouldn’t feature former Gunners guitarist Slash or his new band Velvet Revolver in the game.

In the suit, he complained about “an animated depiction of Slash, with his signature black top hat, long dark curly hair, dark sunglasses and nose-piercing” on the box.

He also quesions the use of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ in an online promo for Guitar Hero III when he only licensed it for Guitar Hero II.

Rose’s lawyer says the $20 million damages is to hold Activision accountable for misuse of “incredibly valuable assets”.

Activision are yet to respond.

(Ahhh the tales of Axl, never a dull moment. Well if what Axl says is really what was down in print then I think Activision better cough up! Although when you think about Guns n' Roses and the song 'Welcome to The Jungle' of course you're gonna think of Slash as well, I mean come on! Do I need to say guitar = Slash? There's no getting away from it Guns n' Roses was/is Axl & Slash, at least it is in my book. Welcome to the jungle indeed!!)


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blondie's sparkling party surprise

Blondie's sparkling party surprise

NEW WAVE legend Debbie Harry delighted guests at a private party on Monday when she and her band Blondie performed a set of her classic hits on a makeshift stage at a Sydney restaurant.
The band was the surprise star of a party held at Opera House restaurant Guillaume hosted by the Swarovski crystal family.

The 65-year-old performer sang five of her biggest hits during the break between entree and main course at the dinner.

Wearing a white fitted suit accessorised with white Ray Ban Wayfarers, the slim-again punk princess thrilled the room with a playlist including Call Me, Tide Is High, Atomic, Rapture, One Way and Heart of Glass.

By song three, 138 posh dinner guests were on their feet dancing at their tables.

The party was held to welcome Swarovski family member Robert Buchbauer, the company CEO, to town and celebrate the opening of a Swarovski boutique in the newly reopened Westfield Sydney.

The party was an excuse for Blondie to warm up ahead of her national tour, which kicks off in Perth on Thursday.

Other party guests included actress Pia Miranda, Alyssa McClelland, Chris Joannou, Laura Csortan and Lisa Ho.

Harry and her band, including original members guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke, spent yesterday in transit to Perth for the Day on the Green concert tour with The Pretenders.

The group will be back in Sydney at the Enmore Theatre for concerts in early December before heading to Bimbadgen Estate in the Hunter Valley for a final show. Limited tickets are still available.

Kat Von D Cat Dies In House Fire

Kat Von D Cat Dies In House Fire
By Paul Cashmere

L.A. Ink star Kat Von D has lost her house in the Hollywood Hills but worse for the celebrity tattooist, her cat Valentine.

“R.I.P. my little Valentine,” see tweeted not long ago. She also posted a photo of herself in the ruins with the comment “in order to gain everything, you must lose everything”.

Von D has left Los Angeles and is now on a book tour in Canada promoting her new book ‘The Tattoo Chronicles’. “I’m not cancelling the rest of the book tour,” she writes. “Rooftop and I are here in Vancouver. Thank you so much for the comforting words. Means so much”.

The fire started at 11:23PM on Saturday night.

Kat rose to fame when she appeared in the reality TV show Miami Ink. After a fallout, she moved to Los Angeles and scored her own show LA Ink filmed at her tattoo parlour High Voltage Tattoo at 1259 La Brea Avenue in Hollywood.

(So sad, must be the worst feeling being away and then hearing of your house burning and your pet dying in the fire. I'm sure there will be investigating going on. Best wishes for Kat.)

Robert Plant Interview/Bio

Robert Plant Interview/Bio

Robert mentions Jim Morrison of The Doors in video 4 :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Doors/Jim Morrison Gifts For The Holidays

The Doors/Jim Morrison gifts for the holidays

If you're a Doors fan you might like to check this cool list of possible gifts to get yourself or your special Doors friends. This list has a bit of everything and certainly will please any hard core Doors fan as well. Check it out here on The Doors Examiner - also if you want to keep up to the minute on anything Doors do subscribe to the Doors Examiner, entertaining and informative articles, wrapped up nicely.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Keith Richards' Bangers & Mash Recipe Feat in His Book

Keith Richards Recommends Bangers And Mash For Dinner
By Paul Cashmere

Keith Richards’ says his favourite meal is Bangers and Mash and he has decided to share his recipe in his book ‘Life’.

“When I’m at home I cook for myself, usually bangers and mash, with some variation on the mash but not much,” he says.

We cannot endorse Keith as a dietician but the Stones rock star recommends you “hit it when you’re hungry”. “We’ve been trained from babyhood to have three square meals a day, the full factory-industrial revolution of how you’re supposed to eat. Before then it was never like that. When the hooter goes, you eat,” he writes.

Anyway, onto Keith’s cooking hint. “I’ve been cooking bangers all my life and I only just found out from this lady on TV that you have to put the bangers in a cold pan. No preheating. Preheating agitates them, thats why they’re called bangers. Very slowly, start them off cold. And then just be prepared to have a drink and wait,” he says.

He says he used the same method when he was cooking Goat’s Head Soup (but let’s not go there).

So here it is, the Keith Richards recipe for Bangers and Mash:

1. First off, find a butcher who makes the sausages fresh.
2. Fry up a mixture of onions and bacon and seasoning.
3. Get the spuds on the boil with a dash of vinegar, some chopped onions and salt (seasoning to taste). Chuck in some peas with the spuds. (Throw in some chopped carrots too, if you like). Now we’re talking.
4. Now you have the choice of grilling or broiling your bangers or frying. Throw them on a low heat with the simmering bacon and onions (or in a cold pan, as the TV lady said, and add the onion and bacon in a bit) and let the fuckers rock gently, turning every few minutes.
5. Mash yer spuds and whatever.
6. Bangers are now fat free (as possible).
7. Gravy if desired.
8. HP sauce.

Keith’s book ‘Life’ is out now through Orion Books.

Source: Undercover

(LOL Bangers & Mash it is :) Maybe Keith should have a cooking show hmm? I know from quite a few of my British friends that Bangers & Mash is a popular choice over there, think it's a comfort type thing, sort of like we have meatloaf & mash potatoes.)

Patti Smith Wins National Book Award

Patti Smith Wins National Book Award
By Tim Cashmere

Patti Smith has taken the National Book Award for nonfiction home on Wednesday night for her book ‘Just Kids’.

The book tells the story of her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe and details a time when New York was the hip and swinging place to be.

“I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf,” she said at the ceremony while accepting her award. “Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.”

The National Book Awards have been running in New York since 1950 with the goal of “enhancing the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.”

Source: Undercover

(Congrats to Patti :) I think everyone at some point in their lives dreams or fantasizes about writing a book, maybe not about your own life, but about something. I agree with Patti - that let's hope that 'the book' always remains a part of the world and doesn't become all digital. I know owning and reading a real book is still special as oppose to reading something online. To me it's a lot like having an album/record it's much more special than just a digital download.)

Paul McCartney Excited To See The Beatles On iTunes

Paul McCartney Excited To See The Beatles On iTunes
By Paul Cashmere

Sir Paul McCartney says he is excited about The Beatles finally going digital through iTunes.

“We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” said Sir Paul. “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.”

Apple Inc and Apple Corps Ltd finally reached agreement to put The Beatles catalogue into iTunes and it went live today.

The Beatles catalogue can now be downloaded from iTunes with fans buying the digital box-set also receiving the never-before released ‘Live at the Washington Coliseum 1964’ concert film. ‘Live at the Washington Coliseum’ captured the very first American performance by the band.

The albums available as of today feature the 13 remastered studio albums, the two volume ‘Past Masters’ and the classic ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ compilations.

“I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes,” said Ringo Starr. “At last, if you want it—you can get it now—The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo.”

“We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we’ve had since we launched iTunes ten years ago.”

“In the joyful spirit of Give Peace A Chance, I think it is so appropriate that we are doing this on John’s 70th birthday year,” said Yoko Ono Lennon.

“The Beatles on iTunes—Bravo!” said Olivia Harrison.

As a Beatles bonus, fans can stream ‘Live From The Washington Coliseum’ for free from iTunes for the remainder of the calendar year.

Source: Undercover

(It's about time too :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Robert Plant & Band of Joy U.S. Tour Dates:

Robert Plant & Band of Joy U.S. Tour Dates:

Jan. 18 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Jan. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Peterson Events Center (University of Pittsburgh)
Jan. 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Hill Auditorium
Jan. 22 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Jan. 25 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Jan. 26 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
Jan. 28 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Jan. 29 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Feb. 01 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
Feb. 02 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Feb. 04 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Feb. 05 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
Feb. 07 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
Feb. 08/9 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium

"Band of Joy", the new album from Robert Plant and BAND OF JOY, sold 49,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Plant's first release since recording the six-time Grammy-winning bluegrass album "Raising Sand" with collaborator Alison Krauss in 2007, the "Band of Joy" CD enlists the help of an array of U.S. musicians, all of whom are performing with Plant on tour.

The new lineup of BAND OF JOY includes: Patty Griffin on vocals; Darrell Scott on multiple instruments and vocals; Byron House on bass and vocals; Marco Giovino on drums, percussion and vocals; and co-producer Buddy Miller on guitar and vocals.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Own This Jim Morrison Poster FREE

Center Stage - FREE - Jim Morrison Sepia Poster
Orders $20 & up!

Happening now at Mystic Rock Boutique is our Jim Morrison special poster give-away!

All orders $20 & up will automatically be entered for a chance to win FREE this very cool Jim Morrison of The Doors Sepia Poster.

This poster is approximately 11 X 14 inches in size and made of poster board/cardboard. If you are the lucky winner you will receive this poster before Christmas. Winner will be announced on our Facebook Fan Page & our newsletter a few days after Jim Morrison's birthday December 8th, once we have gone thru all the entries. Winner will receive an email letting them know they won.

**Sorry but only U.S. orders are eligible due to how item must be shipped. Orders $20 & up before shipping from November 15 through December 8th are eligible.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Classic Black Sabbath

Classics: Black Sabbath

In February 2005 we ran the following Classics review to mark the 35th anniversary of the release of Black Sabbath's seminal debut album, which opened the floodgates to one of the most popular genres of music: heavy metal. Today we mark the 40th anniversary of this release by looking back again.

Now from Darkness There Springs Light
By Keavin Wiggins

When you look at groundbreaking albums that changed the direction of music forever Sgt Pepper probably comes to mind at once. Perhaps the second most influential band of all time is Black Sabbath and this month we look at the album that started it all. By all, I mean not only Black Sabbath but a whole new form of music-- Heavy Metal and its later offshoots.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Black Sabbath and its impact can still be felt in music today. Sabbath is one of the most significant artists of all time, right up there with Elvis, the Beatles, and the Stones. Some may try to downplay the impact of this album because it hasn't moved 20 gazillion units, but we can hear its importance to this day in every single metal and metal influence band that came after it.

By 1970 acid rock and the late 60s brand of heavy blues were still the rage among younger rock fans. Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge laid the groundwork. Led Zeppelin became an international sensation that the critics never understood but young fans immediately latched on to. It was the power of the distorted Blues and majesty of the lyrics that captured the imagination of a generation.

There is the famous scene in Spinal Tap where Nigel Tufnel talks to Marty DiBergi about his special guitar amplifier that "goes to 11". "When I need that little extra push over the cliff…" That little push over the cliff was what Black Sabbath delivered. Zeppelin II was released in October of 1969, five months later Black Sabbath delivered this self-titled debut and provided that little extra push over the cliff for many fans when they took the blues based heavy rock to a new extreme. Metal was born.

The album wouldn't hit American record stores until May of 1970, but it quietly built momentum as word of month spread about this amazing new band. By August, Black Sabbath had entered the American Top 40 album chart and remained there for over a year, going on to sell a million copies. Quite an impressive accomplishment in 1970.

But why did this album have such an impact? One listen tells the tale. The dark mesmerizing power of "Black Sabbath," "The Wizard," "Behind the Wall of Sleep," "N.I.B.," and "Warning" still send shivers down the spine. It's hard to imagine what it must have been like to fans in 1970 the first time they heard this dark symphony of distortion and power and the genius combining of one song into the next. As Ozzy sang "Now from Darkness there Springs Light," a strange metaphor when you consider the dark nature of metal, but it fits. As Led Zeppelin was moving into a new lighter direction with Led Zeppelin III (released Oct 70) Black Sabbath was giving the power hungry fans something to bang their heads to, but also sink their minds into. The one thing about the early Sabbath releases is that they are very visual. The power of the bass, drums and guitars grab you but the lyrics capture the imagination, bringing on visions in the mind's eye. Many bands have come after but very few have held the same captivating power of early Black Sabbath.

If you are a fan of metal, you owe it to yourself to own this album. Not only because, 40 years later it still stands out, but because on this disc you will hear the keystone to all the metal that came after. Sabbath were the rock John the Baptist, shouting in the wilderness about the coming messiah for rock n roll: heavy metal!


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Blondie Exclusive Melbourne Club Show

Blondie - Debbie Harry Tube Top @ MRB

(Be one of the lucky ones to score Blondie tix, wish I was down under!)

Blondie Announce Exclusive Melbourne Club Show
By Tim Cashmere

New York post punk icons Blondie have added an exclusive club show to their upcoming Australian tour in Melbourne.

The band will play at TRAK Nightclub in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Toorak on Tuesday, November 30.

Tickets to this show are available to Frontier Members from midday, Wednesday November 17 and the general public from 9am, Friday November 19.

A list of the band’s influential tracks seems to be never ending, with ‘Atomic’, ‘The Tide Is High’, ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Rapture’, ‘Call Me’ and ‘Hangin’ On The Telephone’ being just a few.

If you want to be in the crowd for this gig, you’d better get tickets as soon as you possibly can because they’re sure to be snapped up in a second.

If you miss out, be sure to get to one of the other of the band’s shows with The Pretenders and Adalita (Magic Dirt) at:


24 - Kings Park & Botanic Gardens, Perth, WA (An Evening On The Green)
27 - Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA (A Day On The Green)


1 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne
2 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne
4 - Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC (A Day On The Green)
5 - Josef Chromy Wines, Launceston, TAS ( A Day On The Green)
7 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
8 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
11 - Bimbadgen Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW (A Day On The Green)
12 - Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD (A Day On The Green)
14 - Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rock n' Save - This Season @ Mystic Rock Boutique

Rock n' Save - This Season @ Mystic Rock Boutique

Mystic Rock Boutique - Where Cool Rock Fans Shop

Tis the Season - Find Cool Gifts for everyone on your list! Gifts & Stocking Stuffers
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Metallica To Begin Writing Again In 2011

Metallica To Begin Writing Again In 2011
By Tim Cashmere

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band has plans to begin work on a new album in 2011.

In an interview with Pulse of Radio, the drummer said “There’s a bunch of balls in the air for 2011, but I think the main one is we really want to get back to writing again. We haven’t really written since, what, 2006, 2007 and we want to get back to kind of just being creative again.

“Right now we are going to just chill out and then probably start up again in, I’d say, March or April and start probably putting the creative cap back on and start writing some songs.”

The band are winding up their three year ‘Death Magnetic’ tour in support of their 2008 album of the same name with shows in Australia bringing it to a close.

The remaining tour dates are:


13 - Acer Arena, Sydney, NSW
15 - Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
16 - Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
18 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
20 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
21 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

All shows are sold out.
source - UnderCover

Friday, November 12, 2010

Them Crooked Vultures 2nd Album Plans

THEM CROOKED VULTURES, the band consisting of John Paul Jones (LED ZEPPELIN), Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS) and Josh Homme (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE), is planning to regroup in the near future to resume work on material for its second album.

Jones told the BBC 6 Music: "Some stuff we've worked on, but we're gonna write pretty quickly and just put it down... we may be a year or so [away from completing the CD]."

He added: "It will mainly be excess material from the first album, material we started and never finished because we had to go and play the stuff we already recorded!"

Professionally filmed video footage of THEM CROOKED VULTURES performing the song "Gunman" on July 30, 2010 at the Fuji Rock Festival at the Naeba Ski Resort in Japan can be viewed below.

THEM CROOKED VULTURES released its self-titled debut album in November 2009 to a slew of critical acclaim and in just a few short months saw additional accolades including "best of 2009" lists from Spin, MySpace and Time Out. The CD, which has reached gold and platinum status in a number of territories, including U.K., Canada and Australia, is available in stores and online now.

THEM CROOKED VULTURES's album sold 70,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Them Crooked Vultures" was released via DGC/Interscope Records.

THEM CROOKED VULTURES shot a video for the song "New Fang" with director Paul Minor (MUSE, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SCARS ON BROADWAY).

Source YahooGroupLedZepHouse

(What a difference a band makes, while Guns N' Roses take years to put out new material, look at this band 'Them Crooked Vultures' already planning their 2nd album! Now if only Jimmy Page would get something out...hint hint.)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Re-Vamping Vamp's ArtFire Studio

Re-Vamping Vamp's ArtFire Studio

Been busy at my ArtFire studio changing the banner and colors there to reflect more the image I'd like to convey. I think it looks lovely & cool, suits me well :)

Take a look at my ArtFire studio here---> Vamp

I've added a few new pieces to the studio like my new Verdigris Rose Dangle Earrings, I love those they're so romantic and beautiful and would make such a nice gift for someone special. A nice way to say I love you and it would last a lot longer than real roses.

Also a new cool Owl necklace. Owls are all the rage right now but I created him because I feel a connection to owls and ravens and I matched him with a nice turquoise blue colored glass bead. He would make a nice gift for someone that loves owls or is their totem spirit guide, also for Sagittarius people because of the turquoise colored stone. I'm a Sagittarius so I created the necklace to reflect a bit of me - a Vamp original :)

Guns N' Roses NEW Album - Here We Go Again

Well here we go again, talk of a new album by the Gunners...hmm let's hope Axl will NOT keep us all waiting another decade before it comes out. It just can't be not this time, because no one is getting younger in the process.

Guns N’ Roses Talk About New Album
By Andrew Tijs

A member of Axl’s touring party has spoken about a new Gunners album.

It’s pretty hard to believe anything about Guns N’ Roses and release dates, considering Chinese Democracy became the totemic “forthcoming” album after 13 years in the making.

But current Gunners guitarist DJ Ashba gave hope to the band’s remaining fans during their set at Santa Monica Airport to plug a video game.

He reportedly said, “We've been throwing around a bunch of ideas and it should be good, man. We've got a lot of good stuff on the plate coming out. It won't take as long, I promise.”

And continued, “Yeah, I'm excited to get this next one rolling. A lot of great shit. Axl has a lot of good shit up his sleeve, so I'm really excited about it.”

According to the site that reported it, Hennemusic, Axl has had a longterm plan for new material to come out following Chinese Democracy.

They noted that back in 2002 Sebastian Bach said Axl had release plans for the final record in a trilogy by 2012.

We'll remain patient.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Collection on ArtFire - I See The Moon, The Moon Sees Me...

I See the Moon, The Moon Sees Me...
Curated by StitchnTyme | Collection Published on 11-06-2010

"moon, moon, crazy moon
natural moon
torn apart and snoozing moon;
lovely moon, romantic moon..."

My golden crescent moon dangle earrings are featured in this ArtFire collection.

I'd like to thank the curator of this collection for including my earrings in her collection. I think the collection and items she featured have that coolness like the moon. She did a wonderful job see the collection for yourself! To purchase the Gold Crescent Moon Face Dangle Earrings click here

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Vamp's Jewelry Creations

Vamp's Jewelry Creations

Here's a video of Vamp's handmade jewelry creations - available at ArtFire Studios, Etsy & Mystic Rock Boutique, excellent gift giving idea for the holidays.

Mystical Dark Jewelry That Rocks
Earrings, Bracelets, & Necklaces in the realm of; steampunk, victorian, rocker, dark, gothic, mystical, witchy, gypsy, pagan, styles for ladies & rocker guys.



John Lennon Coined By Royal Mint

John Lennon Coined By Royal Mint
By Paul Cashmere

Paul McCartney may be the only Beatle to be knighted but John Lennon has become the first Beatle to be coined. The Royal Mint has issued a commemorative John Lennon £5 coin.

The Royal Mint website states, “John Lennon - inspiring, controversial, passionate and complex. He is, without doubt, one of the great musical giants of the twentieth century. He left a legacy that goes far beyond the global reach of his music. His powerful message of peace and love which manifests through his artistic talent continues to uplift and inspire us”.

The coin features a portrait of Lennon with a cameo inset bearing his guitar strings.

It is made from .925 sterling silver and comes in a display case with Certificate of Authenticity. It weighs 28.28 grams and is 38.61mm in diameter.

Only 5,000 of the coins have been produced. It retails for


(Awesome...this is great!)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jimmy Page Pictorial Book Public Exhibit in London

JIMMY PAGE: Public Exhibit Of Pictorial Autobiography To Be Held In London - Oct. 26, 2010

On November 5 and November 6, Genesis Publications will host an exhibit of images from the "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" book and selections from their archive at Elms Lester Painting Rooms, London, England.

"Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" has become the fastest-selling book in the history of Genesis Publications, having sold-out through pre-orders alone. The book, which documents the iconic guitarist's life from his childhood in music through his legendary career with LED ZEPPELIN to the present day, was personally compiled by Page and features 650 images, many from his personal archive. Jimmy also wrote the accompanying text and helped design the magnificently luxurious binding to create an artefact that is an incredible visual documentary which reflects his vast contribution to music.

Genesis Publications will host an exhibition of images from the book plus selected books from 35 years publishing, at London's Elms Lester Painting Rooms on November 5 and November 6, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The exhibition is open to the public who will be able to see a collection of works by more than 70 different photographers including such legendary names as Kate Simon, Neal Preston, Ross Halfin and Pennie Smith.

As the book has sold out before its official launch, this will be the only chance to see these exclusive images outside of the limited-edition publication.

(Imagine that an exhibit for images from Jimmy Page's autobiographical pictorial book! Well that's fine for all people living near London who wish to par take in the unveiling and for those that can't afford the book which is over 700 dollars!

Hmmm wonder how much it will cost to view said images at the exhibit in London.

Obviously there won't be a similar event here in the states for said book, so to me it's a pricey affair either way you slice it. Making a trek to London from the U.S. just to see the book images - think us Americans would do well to buy the book if you can afford it. Maybe Jimmy might out of the goodness of his heart do a version for fans of lesser means perhaps?)

Ringo Starr Childhood Home Closed Up

Ringo Starr Childhood Home Closed Up

Ringo Starr's childhood home has been boarded up to stop Beatles fans from stealing mementos from it.

The house ' number nine Madryn Street, Liverpool, North East England - has had metal shutters fitted to it after numerous souvenir hunters descended upon the property to take bricks from around the windows of the home, which is scheduled to be demolished. The shutters have been put in place as a safety measure, as if more bricks are removed the property could present a danger to passers-by.

Fans are lobbying to keep the home ' where the 70-year-old Beatles star's family lived when he was born - from being knocked down.

Philip Coppell, Chairman of the Save Madryn Street Society, said: 't is encouraging to see that the council has taken steps to halt the activities of the souvenir hunters.
'Fans from all over the world have objected to the demolition and we are still hopeful that we can persuade the city to revoke the demolition order.'
The home is the only house linked to a member of The Beatles ' Ringo, Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison ' which does not have protected status.
Another group, The Beatles Society, wants to see the bricks sold off for charity if the house is demolished, with some parts saved for the local Liverpool Museum of Life.

The local council wants to knock down the home and surrounding streets to make way for new housing.

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(Fans will stop at nothing to get a piece of souvenir it seems. My wish is that they keep the house from being demolished and possibly make it a museum of sort, like they have done here in Salem, MA - The Witch House & The House of Seven Gables or in Plymouth, MA with Plymouth Rock though they do not charge a fee to view 'The Rock'. Charge a fee to tour the home and the dollars raised can go to whatever charity Ringo would like. I always lean towards perserving things of the past for future generations to see and get a feel for what came before.)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jesters Jokers Fools Tricksters


Crack open a new deck of cards, and what do you pull out? The jokers , of course. Also called jester, fool, trickster, buffoon, jack-pudding, and wearer of the motley, this character is nearly universally recognized, but seldom seen live anymore.

Historians believe that jesters entertained prehistoric tribal society with their Wise Fool antics. What is certain though is that court jesters grew and flourished in the Middle Ages as well-paid attendants of Europe’s Royal Courts. Power was highly consolidated in medieval times and social mobility was difficult. A child of peasants was likely to become a peasant, and stone masons gave the world more masons, just as royalty bred royalty. In contrast, jesters could move up the social ladder. They came from a wide range of backgrounds — from peasant farms and monasteries to universities. Quite a few had physical deformities and learned to wring laughs from what otherwise could’ve been an unfortunate situation. Usually, they climbed up the social ladder and were prized for their outsider’s humorous take on life. For instance, when Shakespeare’s King Lear was brooding alone in the woods, the only company he wanted was his amusing fool.

Not all jesters were so lucky to do lunch with the royals. Most subsisted by performing in the marketplace or town square, showcasing their art on a simple stage they “built,” such as a decorative carpet thrown on the ground, or a circle drawn with a stick in a village square. These resourceful jesters would gather an audience with clever attention-grabbing techniques (“Come see me leap from the bell tower…while sipping an ale!”) and after enough curious bystanders gathered, they’d begin their show, which steadily climbed to a climax, at which point they would solicit donations from the crowd. If an especially amusing jester was lucky enough to be seen by a royal court representative, he could get an invitation to audition as a court jester. Definitely a gig not to turn down!

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Raven Totem Spirit Guide Necklace


Bird of Smoke, Bird of Fire
Who reveals to us our Deep Desire
- smb

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Raven is a contrary spirit. On the negative side, Raven represents the profane, the devil, evil spirits, the trickster and thief, war and destruction, death and doom, the void.

Yet in many cultures Raven also represents deep magic, the mystery of the unknown, death and transformation, creation, healing, wisdom, protection, and prophecy.

Raven is both the symbol of the sun, and the symbol of a moonless night. She is the birth giving light in the center of our galaxy, and the black hole in the center of the universe, to which we are all traveling to our eventual extinction.

Raven is the fatal touch of the Calleach in winter, the wisdom of Odin, the vessel of prophecy given to a seer, the mighty protector of the Western Isles, and the healing message of an Indian shaman.

Raven is a complex bird, both in nature and in mythology.

Tokens and Artwork:
When choosing a totem, find a symbol to represent that totem and keep it on you, or in a sacred place in your home. (For instance, I always wear a silver raven ring). This token will help you to communicate with your totem, and it will protect and guide you both in magical and mundane affairs.

Sacred Times
Raven represents winter, because of their ability to endure the cold. My husband, who was stationed in Greenland with the Army in the 1960's, saw only two animals the year he was there - arctic foxes and ravens!

Raven also represents night, their ebony plumage reminding us of the Dark Moon. Raven magic is very potent at this time of month when the majesty of the starry universe unfolds above us. Raven is an ideal guide on the path of the deepest mysteries.

And in Eastern traditions, Raven represents the sun - rising, noon and setting.

The intelligence and adaptability of Raven really makes Her an appropriate totem for any time or season.


The common raven (Corvus corax) is a member of a family of birds known as the Corvidae, which includes jays, crows, and magpies. The raven is found throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere in many types of habitats. The raven is a permanent resident in California, but none nest at Kaweah Oaks Preserve that we know of. They are often observed flying by.

General description: Up to 24" from beak to end of tail. The raven is the largest species of songbird and largest all-black bird in the world. The raven can only be confused with a hawk or crow. Ravens have large, stout bills, shaggy throat feathers, and wedge-shaped tails, visible best when in flight (as compared to the square tail feathers of a crow).

Ravens are excellent fliers, engaging in aerial acrobatics and sometimes soaring to great heights. Flight is often an alternation of wing flapping and gliding and is deceptively fast, as ravens move quickly with seemingly slow wing beats. There is no mistaking the raucous call of the raven; the deep, resonant �kaw� is its trademark. However, the raven can produce an amazing assortment of sounds. One study showed ravens have more than 30 distinct vocalizations.

Life history: Ravens probably first breed at 3 or 4 years of age and mate for life. Ravens are probably very long-lived in the wild; one captive bird died of old age at 29 years.

Ravens begin displaying courtship behavior in mid-January, and by mid-March adult pairs are roosting near their nesting locations. The female lays from 3 to 7 eggs. Only the female incubates the eggs; she is fed by the male while on the nest. The chicks hatch after about three weeks and grow quickly, leaving the nest about four weeks after hatching. Both parents feed the young by regurgitating food and water which is stored in a throat pouch. Young ravens leave the nest by the first week of June.

Ravens often form loose flocks during the day and congregate for roosting at night. As many as 500 ravens have been seen in one roost.

Ravens do not undertake long migrations like many birds, but breeding birds usually relocate for nesting each year.

When not breeding they may travel 30 to 40 miles each day from roost to daytime feeding areas.

Food habits: Ravens consume a wide variety of both plant and animal matter. They are notorious scavengers and are at times predatory on small animals. They are common visitors to garbage dumps. Ravens will hide or cache food supplies. They also have the habit, like most hawks and owls, of regurgitating undigestible food in the form of a pellet.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Black Sabbath/Ozzy Halloween & FREE Goodies

Our band of the month is Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne! October is full of fun with Rocktober & Halloween and Black Sabbath seems to fit the bill for this month of metal & darkness. All orders on our site (sitewide) this month will enclose a FREE treat! The bigger your order the bigger the treat. Orders may include anything from our all our categories: rock t-shirts, rock fashion accessories, magical items, jewelry, not just Black Sabbath & Ozzy merchandise, all our catalog. We have some really nice necklaces handmade by Vamp, one of a kind - check 'em out and get yours!
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Black Sabbath Biography:

Formed 1967, Birmingham, England

Mixing equal parts of bone-crushing volume, catatonic tempos, and ominous pronouncements of gloom and doom delivered in Ozzy Osbourne’s keening voice, Black Sabbath was the heavy-metal king of the Seventies. Despised by rock critics and ignored by radio programmers, the group sold over eight million albums before Osbourne departed for a solo career in 1979.

The four original members, schoolmates from a working-class district of industrial Birmingham, first joined forces as Polka Tulk, a blues band. They quickly changed their name to Earth, then, in 1969, to Black Sabbath; the name came from the title of a song written by bassist Geezer Butler, a fan of occult novelist Dennis Wheatley. The quartet’s eponymously titled 1970 debut, recorded in two days, went to #8 in England and #23 in the U.S. A single, "Paranoid," released in advance of the album of the same name, reached #4 in the U.K. later that year, it was the group’s only Top Twenty hit.

The single didn’t make the US, Top Forty, but the Paranoid LP, issued in early 1971, eventually sold four million copies despite virtually no airplay. Beginning in December 1970 Sabbath toured the States relentlessly. The constant road work paid off, and by 1974 Black Sabbath was considered peerless among heavy-metal acts, its first five LPs all having sold at least a million copies apiece in America alone.

In spite of its name, the crosses erected onstage, and songs dealing with apocalypse, death, and destruction, the band members insisted their interest in the black arts was nothing more than innocuous curiosity (the sort that led Ozzy Osbourne to sit through eight showings of The Exorcist), and in time Black Sabbath’s princes-of-darkness image faded.

Eventually, so did its record sales. Aside from a platinum best-of, We Sold Our Soul for Rock ‘n’ Roll (1976), not one of three LPs from 1975 to 1978 went gold. Osbourne, racked by drug use and excessive drinking, quit the band briefly in late 1977 (former Savoy Brown- Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker filled his shoes for some live dates). In January 1979 he left again, this time for good. Ronnie James Die, formerly of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, replaced Osbourne.

Although Dio could belt with the best of them, Sabbath would never be the same. Its first album with Dio, Heaven and Hell (1980), went platinum, its second, Mob Rules (1981), gold. But thereafter, the group’s LPs sold fewer and fewer copies, as Black Sabbath went through one personnel change after another. III health forced Bill Ward out of the band in 1981; Carmine Appice’s brother Vinnie took his place. Friction between Iommi and Dio led the singer to quit angrily in 1982, he took P with him to start his own band, Die. Vocalists over the years have included Dave Donato; Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan; Glenn Hughes, another ex-member of Purple; Tony Martin; and Dio again.

By 1986’s Seventh Star, only Iommi remained from the original lineup. He had to wince when Geezer Butler teamed up with the phenomenally successful Osboume in 1988, though the bassist did return to the fold three years later. Despite bitterness expressed in the press between Osbourne and Iommi, the original foursome reunited in 1985 at the Live-Aid concert in Philadelphia, and again in 1992, at the end of what was supposedly Osbourne’s last tour. Throughout 1993 word had it that Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, and Ward would tour, but by year’s end Osbourne had backed out, allegedly over money. The indefatigable Tony Iommi went right back to work with Butler, rehiring vocalist Tony Martin and adding former Rainbow drummer Rob Rondinelli.

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Ozzy And Rollins Become Columnists

Ozzy And Rollins Become Columnists

By Andrew Tijs

Ozzy Osbourne and Henry Rollins have been given column inches online and in the glossies.

At the beginning of the year, notorious rock animal Ozzy Osbourne was asked to give medical advice to readers of the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper.

The joke goes on, as Rolling Stone has given Ozzy room to dish out lifestyle advice to its readers in the "Ask Dr. Ozzy" column.

The first column, published in the latest issue, sees Ozzy tackle weight issues, vertigo, and the case of a woman who discovered her son has looked at porn online.

Punk rock icon Henry Rollins has also been given a column, this time in LA Weekly.

He’s been blogging in the ‘West Coast Sound’ music section of LA Weekly every Friday.

His first two columns have covered his return to the US, Rickie Lee Jones, Thomas Wolfe, Fela Kuti, Keiji Haino, and his restlessness in LA.

(Imagine that Ozzy giving out health advice LOL, they should make him a Dear Abby ask him anything about anything.)

Jason Bonham Interview

Growing up in England, it took a while for Jason Bonham to fully understand the fame of his father, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

"Not to be harsh about it, but nobody in England really gave a s—-," Bonham said with a laugh. "It's true. In England, they were just guys. My dad would go down to the local pub with the farmers and locals and they'd say, 'There's the long-haired guy again. He's a drummer in a rock band. Make a living out of that, can you?' I can see why they never could have lived in America. They could never have normal lives here, but they could go home and be normal people."

For most of the '70s, Led Zeppelin ruled the hearts of American teenagers. But tragedy stopped the band in its tracks. On Sept. 24, 1980, the elder Bonham started the day with four quadruple vodkas and continued drinking throughout the afternoon. That evening, he died in his sleep. He was 32 years old. Jason was just 14.

Jason Bonham went on to pursue the drums himself and joined the surviving members of Led Zeppelin for a one-off 2007 concert paying tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The show sparked talk of an LZ reunion that never panned out, nor did plans for Bonham to join guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones with a new vocalist. Instead, Bonham put together a tribute group, dubbed John Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, and a multi-media show that hits the State Theatre tonight.

We spoke to Bonham last week and here's what he had
to say about his father and his current tour.


"My dad was the one who put the drumsticks in my hands at a very early age. But I got very heavily into motocross when I was 10. I saw a motorcycle when we were on vacation in the south of France and fell in love. The first time I ever noticed we were a little different was when we turned up to my first race with my bike attached to the hitch of a Rolls Royce. But after dad's death, I wanted to carry on the family tradition and I have ever since."


"I center the concert around archival footage. Some of it shows dad as a child, where we're from, what our home life was like. My mom went through all this footage. She has tons and tons of stuff that she's never let out before. I hadn't seen some of this stuff myself. You see my dad as a prankster and a joker. The fans love it. And at one point, I play 'Moby Dick' with my dad. We split the screens and we play together. It's a bit strange. Now, I'm the 44-year-old playing with my 20-year-old dad."


"It is hard to have your own identity when you dad is John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, but I accept and love the fact of who my dad is. I understand that my dad is the greatest, I just try to play to the best of my ability."


"If you had asked me in 2005, when I had just joined Foreigner, that I would leave the band in 2007 to play with Led Zeppelin, I would have said you're nuts. When Ahmet passed away, I had a feeling they were going to do something and they did. I don't know if it will happen again. I had a great time with them. It was one of the greatest feelings in the world to be in that seat."


"I went to the 1977 show in Tampa, where there were 86,000 people there. I looked at him and said 'Who else is playing? Are the Stones here?' But it was just them. That was a moment to remember."

Ross Raihala can be reached at 651-228-5553.

What: Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, a tribute concert and multi-media show

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis

Tickets: $52-$42

Call: 800-982-2787


Friday, October 15, 2010


Two fantastic bands and songs mixed together to create this!!

Darkness Darkness - Robert Plant

Here is a video of Robert Plant doing Darkness Darkness from his Dreamland album (2002). A haunting dark & gothic song and one of my favorites on that album. I saw Robert perform this song live at the Orpheum Theater in Boston & it's one of those songs that pulls you in and you're on this journey with Robert, you feel what he feels. You feel a sense of yearning. Yearning - a deep feeling within, longing, wanting, reaching's very seductive, so vampiric. I love music that touches the soul and this song is one of those.

Darkness Darkness - Robert Plant
(Jesse Colin Young)

Darkness, Darkness, be my pillow, Take my head and let me sleep
In the coolness of your shadow, In the silence of your deep
Darkness, darkness, hide my yearning, For the things I cannot see
Keep my mind from constant turning, To the things I cannot be
Darkness, darkness, be my blanket, cover me with the endless night
Take away the pain of knowing, fill the emptiness with light
Emptiness with light now

Darkness, darkness, long and lonesome, Is the day that brings me here
I have felt the edge of sadness, I have known the depths of fear
Darkness, darkness, be my blanket, Cover me with the endless night
Take away this pain of knowing, Fill this emptiness with light now
Emptiness with light now

Darkness, darkness, be my blanket, cover me with the endless night
Take away this pain of knowing, fill this emptiness with light now
Oh with light now.
Darkness, Darkness, be my pillow, Take my head and let me sleep
In the coolness of your shadow, In the silence of your deep
In the silence of your deep
In the - oh oh yeah
In the summer baby
come on come on come on baby...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Robert Plant on Q TV Interview

Robert Plant on Q TV Interview

This is a great interview with Robert Plant. Talking about music, what inspires him, his new album, working with Alisson Krauss and now with Band of Joy. Throwing jabs at bands like Black Sabbath (which I happen to love) but I believe it's Robert being a bit sarcastic.

Jason Bonham Video Interview

Jason Bonham Interview

Jason talks about his dad John Bonham and what it was like to work with Led Zeppelin & why he is doing the Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

Dazed & Confused - Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience (teaser)

Here's a short clip of Dazed & Confused with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience line up.

Jasons Band:

Lead guitar - Tony Catania
Vocals - James Dylan - Virtual Zeppelin
Keyboards, lap steel, 2nd guitar - Stephen LeBlanc
Bass - Michael Devin
Drums - Jason Bonham

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alice Cooper/Jim Morrison Connection

Alice Cooper/Jim Morrison Connection

Here is a video with a song from Alice Cooper that he wrote in memory for his friend Jim Morrison. It comes from the album 'Killer' (1971). But this was also stated about this song:

Killer is the 1971 album by Alice Cooper.

Cooper said in the liner notes of Fistful of Alice and also on In the Studio with Redbeard, which spotlighted the Killer and Love it to Death albums, that the song "Desperado" was written about his friend Jim Morrison who died the same year this album was released. According to an NPR radio interview with Alice Cooper, "Desperado" was written about Robert Vaughn's character from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

A little more on Alice and the character of Alice and why he believes Jim Morrison died.

In the early days when I was drinking ... I had a very blurry line about where those two were... but I mean, that happens when you drink twenty-two hours a day. I would just sit and drink. I didn’t know whether or not I was supposed to be Alice when I went out for dinner and was a little lit. Then there was the question about whether or not I should wear the make up because I didn’t really want to disappoint anyone. Was I supposed to get into trouble? Was I supposed to get arrested that night? All of those questions went through my mind. You have to remember though who my older brothers and sisters were though--guys like Jim Morrison and Keith Moon and all the people who were living that life. After they all died, I just sat there and went, “if one generation is going to learn from the next the truth is going to have to be that you don’t have to die to be your character.” I figured then that I had better be able to separate the two. When I go onstage as Alice to this day, I play Alice to the hilt — I play him for everything he is worth, but when I’m offstage, I never think about Alice Cooper. He never occurs to me. .. I walk off stage though and I turn away from the audience, I go back to being me again. Whenever I see an audience, that’s when I turn into Alice. If there was no audience there, there would be no reason to be Alice. . If I tried to be Alice Cooper all the time — I’d either be in an insane asylum or in jail or dead. Alice is just too intense, and you just can’t be Alice all the time. Jim Morrison couldn’t be Jim Morrison, so he died. Jimi Hendrix couldn’t be Jimi Hendrix, so he died. That’s really what killed Janis Joplin, Keith Moon and all the way down the line. They were all animated characters who couldn’t live up to their lifestyle, so I said that I needed to be able to separate the two — that’s why I’m still here.

Desperado - Alice Cooper

I'm a gambler
And I'm a runner
But you knew that
When you lay down

I'm a picture
Of ugly stories
I'm a killer
And I'm a clown

Step into the street by sundown
Step into your last goodbye
You're a target just by living
Twenty dollars will make you die

I wear lace
And I wear black leather
My hands are lightning upon my gun

My shots are clean
And my, my shots are final
My shots are deadly
And when it's done

You're as stiff as my smoking barrel
You're as dead as a desert night
You're a notch
And I'm a legend
You're at peace
And I must hide

Tell me where the hell I'm going
Let my bones fall in the dust
Can't you hear that ghost that's calling
As my Colt begins to rust
In the dust

I'm a killer
I'm a clown
I'm a priest
That's gone to town

Sources: youtube, KNAC interview (2005), Wiki, Lyrics