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Phil Spector: unhinged melody maker

Phil Spector: unhinged melody maker

Many famous people employ a bodyguard to protect them from the public. But in the case of legendary “Wall of Sound” music producer Phil Spector, the bodyguard was usually there to protect the public from Phil. Spector was licensed to carry a handgun, and often had one on hand. During the mid-70s, while recording John […]

Kanye & Kim: last train to Splitsville

Kanye & Kim: last train to Splitsville

“I still think I am the greatest,” Kanye West once said. In this respect, at least, his ego shared the same heights as Donald Trump’s. But as events this month have revealed, we see how the myth of Icarus can play out in different ways for different people. For Trump, it was hubris that got […]

Grandmasters of Chess

Grandmasters of Chess

Given the recent popularity of The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, people in the Covid era may soon be searching their closets for that chess set they haven’t touched since university years. After all, who isn’t piqued by a 1500-year-old game whose basic rules are easy to learn, yet whose complexity is such that it took […]

Sean Connery: From Scotland With Love

Sean Connery: From Scotland With Love

When Sean Connery first appeared in the role of James Bond, Agent 007 of Her Majesty’s Secret Service, women around the world found themselves in a martini state of mind, at least stirred if not shaken. From his first appearance in the movie Dr. No, female fans sighed breathlessly, yes, please, we’d like to see […]

Eddie Van Halen: Runnin’ with the devil

Eddie Van Halen: Runnin’ with the devil

Eddie Van Halen’s signature style featured a wicked combo of guitar virtuosity and high-risk stage antics, the first of which catapulted him into the pantheon of guitar gods, the second of which put him in the hospital more than once. His Vedic horoscope is an excellent example of how a fortunate combination of yogas, an […]

Jeff Bezos: Croesus of the internet age

Jeff Bezos: Croesus of the internet age

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic made shopping-by-Amazon a virtual necessity, Jeff Bezos had already built a mousetrap that brought the world beating a path to his door. Since the inception of Amazon.com in 1994 as an online marketplace for books, the company has since expanded in multiple directions, now selling virtually every kind of consumer […]