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Uneasy Christmas for India's Christians

Threat of 'mass conversions' by Hindu far right groups causes fear among religious minorities in India.<p><b>Aligarh, India -</b> Growing unease about the "mass conversions" by Hindu far-right groups of religious minorities cast a distinctly non-festive shadow over Christmas celebrations in India.<p>Right-wing …

Jimmy Page: ‘Led Zeppelin Was an Affair of the Heart’

“I don’t intend to revisit the vaults for awhile,” Jimmy Page says with a smile, sitting in the opulent library of a Victorian hotel in London. The …

Inside the 1969 Bob Dylan-Johnny Cash Sessions

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash had formed a mutual admiration society even before they met in the early 1960s.<p>"Of course, I knew of him before he ever …

Bob Dylan Wanted to Make an Album With the Beatles and Rolling Stones

Few figures in rock history have a more impressive résumé than Glyn Johns. Throughout the 1960s the producer/engineer worked on albums by the Rolling …

Stevie Nicks on Twirling, Kicking Drugs and a Lifetime With Lindsey

You can’t keep a gold dust woman down — and Stevie Nicks is one busy gypsy these days. In the past few years, she’s made two of her best solo albums, …

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<b>ATLES NEVER EXISTED</b><p>This research began in 2011, and we came to the conclusion that the musical group known to us as The Beatles was composed of …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

The Down And Dirty History Of TMZ

How a lawyer from the San Fernando Valley created a gossip empire and transformed himself into the most feared man in Hollywood, all by breaking a few long-held rules and, as rumor has it, lording over a notorious vault full of secrets.<p>For just $53, you can purchase a guaranteed front-of-the-bus …

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Hemingway Editor Desktop App Helps You Write Economically

The economical, understated writing style of Ernest Hemingway is renowned within the literature world. Now, there’s a Windows and Mac app to help you nail the American author’s approach.<p>Simply called the Hemingway Editor, this $4.99 app will grade your work for ‘readability’ and is able to identify …

The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity

By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in.<p>The device is launching into pre-order today, and lets users create their own …

Jimi Hendrix’s Early Recordings as a Sideman to Get Proper Release

The rights to 88 studio recordings that Jimi Hendrix made between 1965 and 1967 during his stint with the R&B group Curtis Knight and the Squires now …

Eric Clapton Hints at Retirement, Says Touring is ‘Unbearable’

Eric Clapton may not be long for the road. In a new interview with <i>Uncut</i> magazine, the legendary guitarist said he is considering curtailing his …

Soul Legend Bobby Womack Dead at 70

Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack’s label XL Recordings …

Bobby Womack: a talent undimmed to the end

I met Bobby Womack in an LA hospital two years ago. It seems a ridiculous thing to say about a man who was clearly gravely ill – he conducted the interview from his bed, much against the wishes of his doctors, who understandably thought that meeting the press wasn’t such a great idea, given that …

Bob Dylan: Tangled Up In Blue, 7 different studio versions from Minneapolis, Minnesota; December 30, 1974 (updated)

From: <b><br>Sound 80 Studio</b> <b><br>Minneapolis, Minnesota</b> <b><br>30 December 1974</b> <i><br>6th and last Blood On The Tracks recording session, produced by Bob Dylan.</i><p>Bob Dylan (vocal, …

If the Las Vegas Killers Were Muslims, We'd Call Them Terrorists

But should we?<p>If a 22-year-old Muslim man stabbed his roommates to death in their sleep, embarked on a killing spree, and claimed in written and video manifestos that he acted to teach hated women a lesson, there's little doubt that many would label him a terrorist. That label was scarcely appended …

Paul McCartney discusses songwriting and RAM with Mansun's Paul Draper

Last week, Sir Paul McCartney sat down with musician Paul Draper (of DiS heroes <b>Mansun</b>), to discuss songwriting and the re-issue of <i>RAM</i>.<p>When we were …

Barry Gibb: A broken heart mended at the Hollywood Bowl

Does anyone wear his legend status as lightly as Barry Gibb?<p>On Wednesday night, the Bee Gees frontman hit the Hollywood Bowl for the final stop of his Mythology Tour, a brief run of solo concerts designed to showcase the breadth (and depth) of the music he made with his late brothers, Robin and …

Apple To Abandon Headphone Jack? Beats Deal Suddenly Makes Sense

<i>[Editor's note: The original headline stated as fact that Apple was abandoning the headphone jack. This is informed opinion, so we added a question mark.]</i><p>Suddenly why Apple spent a seemingly ludicrous $3.2 billion buying Beats is starting to make sense. The reason: Apple is being more Apple than we …

Can You Guess The Five Musical Acts Who’ve Made A Billion Dollars Touring Since 1990?

Madonna may not be the Mother of Dragons, but she’s certainly the Queen of Touring. According to Billboard, she’s one of five artists/bands to earn more than a billion dollars in touring since 1990, and the only woman. The rest of the top-five: the Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon …

Spotlight: Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

In 1969, <b>Neil Young</b> was a little-known professional musician eking out a fledgling career in Los Angeles. He had known brief fame as part of Buffalo …

Pete Townshend Talks Mods, Recording, and Smashing Guitars

The Who are the best known and most brilliant expression of the most influential “youth movement” ever to take Great Britain, the Mods. Their career …

Eric Clapton’s Isolated Guitar Track From the Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ (1968)

George Harrison of the Beatles was an accomplished guitar player with a distinctive soloing style. So you might think that with a song as personal …

How to master Android Voice Commands, beyond Google Now

When Apple first introduced Siri with the iPhone 4S, it was not the first time the world had seen voice control, but it did mark the first time a major company was releasing it to the world simultaneously on millions of mobile devices as their most prominent feature.<p>Despite its innumerable flaws …

More than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is a crime

More than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is punishable by imprisonment, lashes or even death, new research obtained by the Guardian shows.<p>The stark figure from the International Lesbian and Gay Association (Ilga) highlights the discrimination faced by gay people around the …

5 conservative delusions that are getting more insane every day

<b>(Fox News)</b><p>In the face of reality, these right-wing myths just keep getting more and more elaborate<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>May 16, 2014 12:45pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>That the conservative movement is built on a bunch of misinformation, strange fantasies and outright lies has been …

Apple Patents Wraparound Edge-Mounted iPhone Displays With Virtual Buttons

Apple has a new patent granted today (spotted by AppleInsider) for a side-mounted wraparound display that could be used to add virtual buttons to the edges of future iPhones in place of physical controls. The display would run the circumference of the device, and offer up virtual versions of …

Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals

In the fall of 1969 the Rolling Stones were in a Los Angeles recording studio, putting the final touches on their album <i>Let it Bleed</i>. It was a …