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    How to Equip Your Band for Less than $100

    One day while surveying the booty accrued via years' worth of swap meets, garage sales and Pennysaver ads, I realized I could equip a rock trio for less than $100. The gear in question wasn't monkey chow, but a '60s Gibson Firebird snagged for $7, a...

    by JIM WASHBURN on November 20, 2003
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    How to Get an Education From the Real School of Rock

    It's the early '80s. My friend Mark Soden is running the audio-visual lab at a central county high school, which, as at schools everywhere, was a magnet for the campus malcontents. It was the early days of MTV, which they're watching, which gets the...

    by JIM WASHBURN on November 20, 2003
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    How to Survive Your First Rock Band Interview

    Photo by Jeanne RiceIt wasn't until I drove past the three bundled-up smokers standing outside Limerick's Pub in Long Beach that I realized just how in-over-my-head I really was. With an untested, hours-old tape recorder on the seat next to me and a...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on November 20, 2003
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    How to Sneak a Latin Alternative Band into the United States Without John Ashcroft Finding Out

    BY VINCENTE FOX The easiest thing is getting people over. Most of the people we cross over already look "American"--the way they dress or just carry themselves. And they've been there already so many fucking times they're not even scared about cro...

    on November 20, 2003
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    How to Start Your Own Club

    Photo by James BunoanThe volunteers at Koo's have suffered through a lot of shit: chafing city regulations, unruly patrons, cranky neighbors and crankier PA systems, and bands that could make a grown man weep--for all the wrong reasons. Oh, and also...

    by Chris Ziegler on November 20, 2003
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    How to Record an Album Like Joe Ongie

    Photo by Jeanne RiceEver wonder why the Renaissance ended? It was probably because a Renaissance man is so annoying. Look at Joe Ongie. He and his wife, Catherine Graziano, make the three Gypsy Dens the eclectic community hubs they are. There, Joe d...

    by JIM WASHBURN on November 20, 2003
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    How to Write a Review for Rolling Stone

    ? Anything good is "crucial." ? A good guitar solo is "searing." ? A really good guitar solo is "blistering." ? A good vocal performance is "urgent." ? -A really good vocal performance is "angst-ridden." ? -The word "groove" shall be inser...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on November 20, 2003
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    How to Go From Codpieces to Country Like Walter Clevenger

    Photo by Jeanne RiceIt's 1986, and a bunch of miscreant students at Mater Dei High School decide to enter the senior-class air-guitar contest. These are some of the Catholic campus' outcasts --drinkers, losers and reprobates--so what could be a bett...

    by Rich Kane on November 20, 2003
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    How to Blow a Fuse - The Intelligista get out into the light

    Photo by James BunoanTonight is probably a school night for the Intelligista, but no one says a word about it. Instead, speeding toward a show in Hollywood inside a minivan with a busted passenger window, guitarist Nick Waterhouse and organ player K...

    by Chris Ziegler on November 20, 2003
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    How to Be a Rockabilly Guy

    ? -Make sure grime is embedded under your fingernails at all times; claim it's from working on your '49 Merc. ? -Learn to recognize the subtle textural and aromatic distinctions between Royal Crown, Dixie Peach and Murray's pomades; discuss in dep...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on November 20, 2003
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    Heir Guitars! - Weekly and Sam Ash Guitar giveaway winners!

    Photo by Tenaya HillsSometimes we change music, and sometimes music changes us. With the promise of a free guitar from Sam Ash, we lured scores of readers to tell us how music gave them purpose, a career, a second chance with Dad. We selected three ...

    on November 20, 2003
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    The Optimist - When good things happen to blog people

    Has it been a rough week? Have your love affairs gone to pot? Does your bank account look like Conrad Black's been let loose on it? Do you feel black and mean inside, like Rosie O'Donnell? Are you crabby, pitiful, low and unloved? Well, take comfort...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 20, 2003
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    Feel the Love

    FEEL THE LOVE One thing you can say about Huntington Beach's Barbara Coe, chairwoman of the immigrant-bashing California Coalition for Immigration Reform: at least she spreads the hate. Coe normally targets those from south of the U.S. border who se...

    by Matt Coker on November 20, 2003
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    The Most Horrible Man in the World - We take a ride through OCs 909!

    Photo by James BunoanHe was the only guy at Coconuts who didn't have a whiff of vomit on his breath while The 5150s--three middle-aged gutty dudes--did guitar-god headbanging to their "classic rock," such as "Pink Cadillac" and "Mustang Sally." Duri...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 20, 2003
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    Nowhere Man

    Photo by Alexis RegerOne-time Weekly cover boy Phil Garlington, who exposed the inner workings of The Orange County Registernewsroom shortly after being laid off there ("True Life at the Register," Jan. 12, 2001), has resurfaced --in the middle of t...

    by Matt Coker on November 20, 2003
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    We Respond to Register Letters

    On Nov. 4, the Register published a letter in which Bob Koster wrote that although the deaths of 222 Americans in Iraq since May 1 were devastating to family and friends, "how many of these same young men would have been killed by now if they had re...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on November 20, 2003
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    Backing Up The Troops

    Illustration by Bob AulTo the geezer who so proudly crossed the picket line at Vons: yeah, I saw you telling the strikers they should be grateful to have jobs. Saw you go into the store to buy your prune Danish. Saw you walk back outside and tell th...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 20, 2003
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    Turning Water into Whine - Environmental concerns stall HB desalination plant

    Photo by James BunoanThe Poseidon Seawater Desalination Project proposes to build the nation's largest desalination plant right smack in the middle of Orange County's most famously polluted beach. But it came to a screeching halt Nov. 10 when the Hu...

    by Nick Schou on November 20, 2003
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    New Vice City - Cops say white-collar criminal ran down pedestrian

    If Orange County treated its white-collar criminals the way it treats street thugs, David Gibbs wouldn't have wound up in a coma. Gibbs, 42, was walking with his wife in a crosswalk on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach the evening of Nov. 2 when he wa...

    by Matt Coker on November 20, 2003
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    A Portrait of the Plaintiff as a Young Victim - Woman suing to stop drivers licenses for illegals cant separate the personal from the political

    Photo by Jack GouldOpponents of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants couldn't have prayed for a better spokesperson than Lupe Moreno, whose experiences with the undocumented play out with the lurid melodrama of a telenovela. In the 1960s, Moreno...

    on November 20, 2003
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