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Only a handful of individuals in music are known by a single name, and a few are legends. The artist simply known as “Donovan” certainly is one of those. His career took off like a folk-psychedelic skyrocket in the mid-1960s as he generated hit after hit after hit including Sunshine Superman, Catch the Wind, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Atlantis, Jennifer Juniper, Mellow Yellow, and Season of the Witch.  11 Top-40 hits in a row, in just 3 years. His personal and professional life walked hand-in-hand with The Beatles and his career was like a musical Zelig (o.k., or Forrest Gump):  wherever there was anything happening, there was Donovan – with the Stones, Bob Dylan,…

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In the song Hard Lovin’ Woman, Juliette Lewis belts out: “You better look around and get a hold of yourself, woman, and embrace what you’ve become.” What Juliette Lewis has become (apart from a Hollywood actress) is a bona fide rock star, touring summer festivals and nightclubs around the world.  Blender magazine hailed her as one of the hottest women of rock music, proclaiming she “delivered sonically varnished melodic punk replete with purring vocals and lyrics that bash porn, pharmaceutical companies and rotten lovers (in no particular order).” Lewis’ work in such films as Cape Fear, Kalifornia and Natural Born Killers made her famous — arguably more famous…

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Some songs seem as if they were written just for you.  The lyrics resonate as if they were penned by your own personal biographer. Judy Collins gets that feeling every time she hears the song Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by legendary folk trio Crosby, Stills and Nash. But then, that song really was written just for Collins. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes really is my story…” The songstress and human rights activist writes in her new memoir, aptly titled Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life In Music.  “Whenever I hear the song – in a grocery store, in an airport, on my own CD player – it resounds…

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Photographer (and musician) Henry Diltz has taken photographs of almost every notable rock musician and band from the 1960s and 70s. His iconic style practically defined the generation of classic album cover art. And he started it all with a tossed-off junk-store camera. Rock Cellar Magazine was honored to have Henry Diltz sit down and chat with us. Diltz’ memory is as sharp as his camera’s focus, and the breadth of his story-telling is as wide as the gargantuan “Wall of Slides” adorning his west-coast photo studio office. For a man whose medium is visual, Henry Diltz is a surprisingly…

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As one of Hollywood’s greatest cinematographers, the Chicago-born Haskell Wexler has worked on close to 150 films and been the director of photography for many of the world’s greatest directors. Wexler won Academy Awards for lensing Mike Nichols’ directorial debut, 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and for Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory – the 1976 biography of musician/activist Woody Guthrie. He was the DP for In the Heat of Night, which scored the Best Picture Oscar, and he also received Best Cinematographer nominations for Blaze, Matewan, and Best Picture One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s…

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Henry ‘The Horse’ Smith admits that he sometimes gets annoyed with people asking Led Zeppelin questions. After all, the good-natured 64 year old roadie/road manager has a lot more on his decades-old resume than the consensus ‘greatest rock band on the planet’. Let’s face it, Aerosmith and The Yardbirds are not chopped liver. But, more often than not, Smith is candid and forthcoming when asked about his 1968-73 tenure with Zeppelin and his front row seat on the three ring circus that was the band’s rise to the upper reaches of heavy rock royalty.  Smith knows where the bodies are…

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For those of you who are following the story of the stolen Rembrandt sketch “The Judgment” as closely as we are, there seem to be more questions than answers. Art world insiders and casual observers alike love a good art-heist, and are no doubt hoping for this story to explode into a sexy, cinematic blockbuster – The Ritz-Carlton Affair – with Robert Pattinson as a young Pierce Brosnan.  Truth is, with the introduction of a “brainy hot babe” we’re almost there. Rock Cellar Magazine has dug a little deeper to look at the different angles on this story, many of…

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Animal welfare advocates in upstate New York received unexpected aid last year from an anonymous, bizarre “Deer-Man,” who waged a multi-pronged and ultimately successful attack campaign against a controversial and brutal plan to eradicate the local deer population. Employing the power of popular social-networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube along with more traditional tools such as the Freedom of Information Act, “Buck Van Deer” orchestrated a relentless personal crusade that exposed the backroom machinations of government, and mobilized the local citizenry. Is this the new model for “fighting City Hall?” Rock Cellar Magazine tracked down this unique story of…

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