A LOOK AT PETE DOHERTY’S TIME AT A THAI REHAB! (NOISEY)

BY SAM WOLFSON VIA NOISEY

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The story of The Libertines has always been one of destruction and dependence – the grim blood-blackening reality of heroin addiction and street crime dressed up in silly jackets, Wordsworth quotes and hopelessly romantic music. At 16, I would traipse the streets of London following Pete Doherty around like a charmed child of the crack piper. Like most fans of the band, I romanticised the blackness of their drug dependency. As I grew older, I watched as it take its grim toll – spells in prison, faded looks and deteriorating musical output.

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WILLIE NELSON PLANS TO OPEN MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES! (CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND)

BY MICHELLE GESLANION VIA CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

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Ask Willie Nelson about his love of marijuana and he will likely direct you to his memoir, the awesomely titled Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road. That, or he’ll delightfully tell you about that one time he smoked pot on the roof of the White House. Soon enough, the legendary singer-songwriter will have something new to boast about: his very own brand of weed.

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THE CREAM AND THE WHO BEGIN THEIR SEDUCTION OF AMERICA! (UDISCOVER)

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For both The Who and Cream their American live debuts could hardly have been any less auspicious. It happened for both of them on 25 March 1967 at the RKO Keith Theater on 58th and 3rd Ave in New York City. The shows were redolent of the old 1940s variety shows with a bill packed with artists that actually began at 10 o’clock in the morning and ran all day with a movie thrown in for good measure. All the artists on the bill played five shows a day and it was grueling; the whole thing was promoted by New York’s legendary DJ, Murray the K.

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THE NEW YORK DOLLS PROVED THAT STAGE PRESENCE MATTERS!

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When did rock n’ roll get boring? The NY Dolls had it all. They dressed like a Susanne Somers workout tape on crack, they figured out that heavy bangs and layered hair can work well on guys, managed to get women hot while wearing heels, and played fun tunes to let your hair down to. Substance without style may be good on your record player, but what about the live show? There needs to be a theatrical element to a band to carry the fantasy, to make them larger than life. We need to believe that punching a timecard and eating leftovers isn’t all there is….

-Amy Haben

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MARIEL HEMINGWAY SAYS SHE REFUSED WOODY ALLEN’S OFFER TO TAKE HER TO PARIS WHEN SHE WAS 16, IN FEAR HE WOULD WANT TO SHARE A ROOM! (DAILY MAIL ONLINE)

BY ASHLEY COLLMAN VIA DAILY MAIL ONLINE

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Above, a still from the film in which Hemingway plays Allen’s schoolgirl romance

Woody Allen has been mired in controversy for the past year, following daughter Dylan’s accusations that he molested her when she was 7 years old.

May-December: In her new memoir, Mariel Hemingway says Woody Allen asked her to go to Paris with her after filming ‘Manhattan’ in 1979. She was just 16 years old when the film was shot – to Allen’s 43.

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‘DECLINE OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION’ FILMS FINALLY COMING OUT! (ROLLING STONE)

BY KORY GROW VIA Rolling Stone

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Hold on to your pool chairs: All three of Penelope Spheeris’ entertaining, heartbreaking and iconic Decline of Western Civilization documentaries are officially coming to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in a deluxe box set on June 30th. Shout! Factory will release the four-disc anthology chronicling L.A.’s hardcore punk, hair-metal and gutter-punk phenomena with a 40-page book, extended interviews and a new commentary track by Dave Grohl. Each film has also been given a 2K high-definition restoration, which Spheeris supervised.

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THE FLESHTONES DOC, “PARDON US FOR LIVING BUT THE GRAVEYARD IS FULL!” (NOSUCHTHINGASWAS)

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Vocalist/keyboardist Peter Zaremba (far left), guitarist Keith Streng, bassist Jan Marek Pakulski, and drummer Lenny Calderon formed The Fleshtones in Queens, New York in 1976. The band played CBGB, Max’s Kansas City and Club 57. They were the first band to play Irving Plaza, Danceteria, Maxwell’s and the 9:30 Club in DC.

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