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Bob Marley
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Bob Marley was reggae's foremost practitioner and emissary, embodying its spirit and spreading its gospel to all corners of the globe. His extraordinary body of work embraces the stylistic spectrum of modern Jamaican music—from ska to rock steady to reggae—while carrying the music to another level as a social force with universal appeal. Marley cannot claim to have had even one hit single in America, but few others changed the musical and cultural landscape as profoundly as he. As Robert Palmer wrote in a tribute to Marley upon his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, "No one in rock and roll has left a musical legacy that matters more or one that matters in such fundamental ways."… Read More
George Harrison
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He was the diffident Beatle, a quiet and unassuming figure beside the towering egos of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. But, after his innate creativity was allowed to flourish, George Harrison made his own mark as a great songwriter, with works such as Here Comes The Sun, While My Guitar Gently Weeps holding their own beside those of his colleagues. And Something was hailed by Frank Sinatra as "the greatest love song ever written." The son of a bus driver, George Harrison was born in the Hunts Cross area of Liverpool on 25 February 1943. As A Teenager With John & Paul Although his childhood home was a back-to-back-terrace house with an outside toilet, a scholarship to the Liverpool Institute,… Read More
Ken Kesey
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Ken Kesey, the psychedelic pioneer who wrote the 1960s novels, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion," and who became famous as a counterculture figure leading his LSD-fueled Merry Pranksters on a cross-country bus ride, died Saturday following liver cancer surgery. Kesey died at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon, two weeks after surgery to remove 40 percent of his liver. Kesey, who was 66, "passed away peacefully in his sleep" with his family at his side, according to a nursing supervisor. His liver cancer had been complicated by diabetes and a minor stroke he suffered four years ago. "He's gone too soon and he will leave a big gap. Always the leader, now he… Read More
Elvy Musikka
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Elvy Musikka is a woman in her mid-forties who lives in Hollywood, Florida. This is her story: I am Elvy Musikka. I was born with congenital cataracts, so as a child I had several eye surgeries. Perhaps for this reason I developed glaucoma in my thirties. Within a year a doctor recommended medical marijuana. For over 25 years it has been the most efficient, reliable, and the safest part of my treatment. Unfortunately, fear of the law caused me to make irrational personal decisions, such as having too many surgeries in my right eye. The result? Permanent blindness in that eye. By this time, I was more determined than ever to maintain the limited but stable vision in my left… Read More
Gary Johnson
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Republican Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico has recently spoken out about his belief that the war on drugs has been a failure, and he has proposed the legalization of marijuana. His willingness to challenge the establishment, especially the leadership of his own political party, has stimulated a growing national debate on marijuana policy that was long overdue, and broken the myth of consensus—that all responsible elected officials support marijuana prohibition. Interestingly, when Governor Johnson was first a candidate for governor, he publicly acknowledged that he had smoked marijuana, and that he had also experimented with cocaine. The voters of New Mexico apparently felt his prior drug use was unimportant, as they elected him to two successive terms as their… Read More
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the top-scoring basketball player of all time. Born Lewis Alcindor on April 16, 1947, he grew up in New York City where he led Power Memorial High School's basketball team to a 95-6 record. He was a highly regarded prep and landed on the UCLA Bruins. Alcindor won three consecutive NCAA titles from 1967-1969, leading the Bruins to an 88-2 record. He was also named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player those 3 years, the first and only player to do that. He was also named College Player of the Year by all the major organizations (TSN, AP, UP, USBWA) from 1967-1969. His Collegiate Success, and reputation as perhaps the best College Player of All-Time, translated into… Read More
Anita Hoffman
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Dubbing her the "Queen of the Yippies," the UK's Economist (not exactly a radical publication) had this to say of Anita Hoffman and her husband Abbie: "Perhaps the most famous song of the 1960s was Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A'Changin'', in which 'senators, congressmen' and others stuck in the past were warned of the 'battle outside raging.' No one fought the battle with more enthusiasm than the Hoffmans, Abbie and Anita." The Hoffmans became the symbols of an era of resistance against racism, capitalism and war. She was born Anita Kushner in New York, to middle-class Jewish parents. Abbie had a similar background. Both had taken courses in psychology. They met at a party and took to each… Read More
Wavy Gravy
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Born Hugh Romney, this poet, clown, activist and philanthropist changed his name to Wavy Gravy at the Texas Pop Festival in 1969, with a little help from B.B. King. Wavy was a part of the Beat movement in the late 1950s, hanging out in Greenwich Village with hipsters and folk singers like Paul Krassner, Lenny Bruce, and Bob Dylan. He was a comedian and a comic actor, working for a time at the Committee (San Francisco's equivalent to Chicago's famed Second City troupe). By 1966, he was one of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and living on a mountain top commune near L.A. called the Hog Farm. After a time, the Hog Farm took to the road with its members living… Read More
Andrew Weil
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He's been on the cover of Time magazine (5/12/97), has appeared on "Prime Time Live," the morning talk shows, and The New York Times. He is acclaimed best-selling author and pioneer in integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil. The recipient of an AB degree in botany from Harvard University and an MD from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Weil has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and for 15 years served as a research associate in ethnopharmacology at the Harvard Botanical Museum. He is the director of the Program in Integrative Medicine and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is also the founder of the Foundation for Integrative Medicine and editor-in-chief of the… Read More
Brownie Mary
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Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as "Brownie Mary" died peacefully with friends at her side on the evening of April 10, 1999. Mary attracted nationwide attention several times during her 25 plus years in San Francisco. She moved to San Francisco from Reno, Nevada in the early seventies following the tragic death of her only daughter, Peggy in an automobile accident. The first of what was to be three busts for baking marijuana brownies gained national attention for her age, which was about 65 at that time and her fliers spread on Castro Street light poles advertising her wares, while working at I-Hop as a waitress. America was really taken with her defiance and course language. The result of that… Read More
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