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What Does Baja Mean?

While I don't profess to be an English major,  I have always been fascinated by our language.  I find words and grammar interesting and I like to know more about the language we speak (and write).

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What Is It Like To “Hunt” For Ghosts, Find Out April 2nd At The Depot

Many people email me and ask about Ghost Hunting and what it's like when I do some hunting on the Irvin. Well, now is the time you can find out, and everyone is welcome.

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The Rolling Stones perform at the Roundhouse, London, 14th March 1971. The band features Bobby Keys on saxophone, left, and Mick Taylor on guitar, centre. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones perform at the Roundhouse, London, 14th March 1971. The band features Bobby Keys on saxophone, left, and Mick Taylor on guitar, centre. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Two Rolling Stones Sidemen, Ian McLagan and Bobby Keys Die Within One Day of Each Other

It's been a rough month for Rolling Stones fans. Keyboard player Ian McLagan and sax man Bobby Keys died a day apart. I don't know much about Ian other than the fact he was a happy fun-loving guy (much like Ronnie Wood who he played with in Faces.) I know he was frail and sickly, which eventually led to his early retirement touring with the Stones.

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Gary Wright Talks About His Book, And Secrets About A Certain Beatle

Gary Wright has a new book out called Dream Weaver, which he was allowed to write himself. He says he was happy they let him write it because then he could put things in his own words, and write the way he talks.

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Rayman Recommends Two Books on Minnesota & Wisconsin Bands [VIDEO]

I've talked on books to add to your rock and roll library in past segments, and I've saved the best for last. Each book goes through every artist or band that charted on the top 40, and top 100 that came from Minnesota and Wisconsin

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The Mataafa Crash And Grounding In Duluth’s Canal, Bob Abrahamson Tells The Story

Bob Abrahamson came on the show to talk about the Mataafa, a boat that met a terrible fate right in the canal area. A captain who made a decision he would regret, and a storm that blew several ships to run aground or sink in the early 1900's.

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Want To Start Your Own Rock n Roll Book Collection? Start With This One

Do you want to start your own rock n roll book collection? Start from the beginning of rock and work your way up from the 50's through the 90's for example. In this video, I show you the best book to begin with

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U2 The Definitive Biography, and You Can Win a Copy From Kool 101.7 [REVIEW]

I've just completed reading U2 The definitive Biography, and found it most interesting. John Jobling takes us beyond the myth of U2, and presents an extremely comprehensive account of the band. You'll find extensive interviews with the insiders, studio presidents, record label scouts, critics, and even childhood friends.

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Keith Richard’s Childrens Book ‘Gus and Me- The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar’ Hits the Stores Today

I'm really excited about this book for a couple reasons. First, I'm a huge Rolling Stones fan and have been since I was a kid, Plus, my grandson's name is Gus, so me ordering the book was pretty much a given.  I had a chance to read  the sneaks, and if you happen to be  a granddad, or, soon to be, I encourage you to get the book. It's refreshing to see a side of Keith few people realize he has. The book is available today, September 9th.

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Lunch With The History People Focus On Morgan Park

 

For 35 years, Arnold Alanen was a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  This Thursday from noon to 1pm at the Depot, he will discuss a few things about Morgan Park. When: Thursday, August 21, 2014, from noon – 1 PM.

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Living The Blues, Canned Heat’s Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival [REVIEW)

Over the years I've read hundreds of books on music, but in all honesty, this is by far the best, and most thorough I've ever read. Where many other band books may briefly touch on the dark side of music, my friend, Fito de la Parra holds nothing back. He tells it exactly as it was, with brutal honesty.

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The Imogene McGrath Memorial Library Presents The Book-It Program

People read books for many reasons. To some, the right book can be a wonderful reference tool, for some an escape to a far distant place. Others may prefer a biography of someone they admire, or a how-to book to repair that cracked tile in your home. There are books on everything, and chances are good, you can find what your looking for in your local library, and if not, they'll get it for you free of charge.

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