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Jim Morrison Pardoned; Doors Demand Apology

Former Venice resident Jim Morrison was pardoned Dec. 9 for indecent exposure and profanity by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the state clemency board, but the remaining Doors reject it. The incident allegedly took place at a 1969 concert in Miami. The Doors response: In August (1970), Jim Morrison went on trial in Miami. He...

Venetian May Be Pardoned in Florida

Outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist is considering pardoning The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, posthumously, for his 1969 conviction for exposure and profanity during a now infamous concert in Miami. Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida, in 1943. He died in Paris in 1971, while his appeal was still pending. Pardons in Florida must go through the Board of...

Miss Jessica and the Sugar Shack Attack

By Suzy Williams Sept. 1 – Now it’s….Sugar Shack time at Danny’s Venice. Miss Jessica Long is dolled up in blue-green, end-of-summer, empire paisley skimpiness and the highest, daintiest of sparkly shoes, too delicious looking to be true. Johann on guitar is paying sweet, subtle homage to Motown. “Baby, baby, I love you.” Peter Marshall...

Profile: Venice Singer Simone White

By Erica Snowlake Introducing Simone White, she who wanders whither and hither around the world, charming audiences with her (encore!) prodigious gifts of singing, songwriting, and fine guitar playing. Our lithe lovely mingles the tradition of the bard (wandering) and the chanteuse (crooning) with a voice evoking the honey-dripping bird tribes of Hawaii while boldly...

Suzy Williams, Venice Songbird

By Jim Smith Perhaps you’ve seen Suzy Williams peddling down your street on a flower-festooned bicycle named Gladus. Just another Venetian with pink hair going about her business in our community. But if you’ve seen Suzy at night when she comes alive in a cabaret, bar or at a party, you know you’re seeing the...

Peace, Love and Rock & Roll

By Mark Lipman As a new generation starts coming into their own in Venice, more and more talent is beginning to emerge. Making their debut onto the hip-hop, jazz-rock funk scene, The Capitalist Hippie Complex slammed The Mint (6010 Pico Blvd.) on Friday, May 8, with a musical collage that kept the house dancing for...

New Music Venue in Venice – The Stronghold

By Carol Gronner Did you know there’s a new live music venue on Abbot Kinney Boulevard? You may not. I didn’t. But I think that’s about to change. You can’t have as great a space as the upstairs of Stronghold and not have the word get out. Yes, the Stronghold (1625 A.K.B.) that sells spendy...

June 2008 – Folksinger U. Utah Phillips has Died

By Karl Abrams Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips, storyteller and tireless political folk musician for more than 40 years died in his sleep on May 23 at his home in Nevada City.  Called the “Golden Voice of the Southwest,” Phillips was a political activist and socialist who dedicated his life to protecting the rights of working...

April 2008 – The Venice Beach Marching Society

By Kathy Leonardo You may remember seeing The Venice Beach Marching Society creating quite a spectacle, singing on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. They created a Venice ritual every Saturday afternoon, following the horrific devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The much loved Venice Beach Marching Society was created by Venice Resident Bruce Langhorne (who played with Bob...
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