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Before The Who There Was The Hairy Who

It is not unusual for Chicago Sun-Times Neil Steinberg to alert me to some cool happening in Chicago. In this case it was his blog entry about The Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition of works from The Hairy Who, an art collective with a very rock and roll name. It reminded me that I wrote about...
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Is Being a Cub Fan Going to Kill Me?

I haven't been the only one. "The Cubs are killin' me." Your devotion has been a life-long liability. It all reminded me that I once wrote about the health benefits of being a Cub fan. In 2012, Tracy asked, "Lin- Is being a cubs fan going to kill me? I have symptoms: heart palpatations, mood swings...
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Is it better to have loved and lost, or to have never loved at all?

from the Lin's Bin files: Jonathan Insley asks “Is it better to have loved and lost, or to have never loved at all?” Love is as deep as the lake. And as sweet as a summer breeze. “Love is a rose but you better not pick it It only grows when it's on the vine” Neil Young Is it better to have loved...
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The Police, A Leopard and the Case of the Missing Microphones

The Hullabaloo in Rennselaer, N.Y. was a music club owned and built by a carpenter so its interior was largely unfinished wood. It smelled like a saw mill and in the days of cigarette smoking, you couldn’t help but feel that you were watching music in a tinderbox. The Hullabaloo had a working...
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The Empty Nester's Lament

Dear Lin, My youngest son went off to college this fall which leaves me and my husband alone for the first time in 21 years. We are trying to relate to this new phase in our life known as empty nesting. Can you provide any insight for us? The old toys. The boxes of Legos. The endless assortment of...
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Lyle Lovett Brings That Sweet Texas Swing To Ravinia

How do you describe the Large Band experience with Lyle Lovett? Do you start with the horn players from Muscle Shoals? (Photo Russell Jenkins) Or one of the most famous session drummers in the history of recorded music? Russ Kunkel played drums on Carole King’s Tapestry, Bob Dylan’s New Morning,...
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Songs by the Original Artists Who Made Clapton Famous

When Eric Clapton asks if he can record your song, you say YES.
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Lin Brehmer Remembers Aretha Franklin

"Was she the best female singer to emerge from the 60s? No, she was the best singer."
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Lin Loves The Rolling Stones

We are fired up for The Rolling Stones Friday Feature.
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How To Keep Your Ears Safe At Lollapalooza

It'll pay off in the long run.
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