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The Gay Architects of Classic Rock

One of the 20th century’s most powerful creations was the rock star: the preening, erotic god of guitar-fired defiance. But those who embodied that character didn’t spring from nowhere. Managers groomed them and shaped them, and in the classic rock era those managers were often gay men. For decades, the close relationships between the managers and the predominantly straight musicians they advised was not discussed much. Lately, however, it has become a point of pride and celebration. “The Fifth Beatle,” a recent graphic novel that focuses on the personal life…

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Gaming 

You Can Now Mod the SNES Classic to Add Games and Visual Effects

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last year, Nintendo’s NES Classic proved to be a decent little modding system, provided you could find one at retail. While the Allwinner R16 SoC isn’t particularly powerful by modern standards, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU is far more horsepower than you need to run NES games. The Super NES Classic that Nintendo released last month uses exactly the same SoC, with the same controller outputs and the same ports. You can even plug an…

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Tom Petty, Standard-Bearer for Classic Rock, Dies at Age 66

Tom Petty’s laconic Florida drawl and laid-back persona have never camouflaged his sharp intellect and penetrating intuition. Meeting Elvis Presley at age ten, and seeing the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, pointed Petty (b. 1950) toward an escape route from his abusive upbringing at the hands of his father, so he left home to follow a winding highway on his way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The singer-guitarist’s early compositions cut deep, circling around an ineffable absence at the heart of American life, and…

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Gaming 

SNES Classic Review Roundup: A Great Value, Provided You Can Find One

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Nintendo’s Super NES Classic Edition has been contentious since the product was announced. While the concept of a small retro game console with excellent emulation was enthusiastically received by gamers, last year’s execution was decidedly lacking. Nintendo’s decision to kill production of the NES Classic left thousands of gamers with no opportunity to buy the device. The Super NES Classic Edition has launched, with multiple reviews online–we’ve rounded up several of them to compare. For…

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Lifestyle 

Why classic tailoring and florals are the perfect trans-seasonal mix

Florals for spring certainly isn’t a new concept and sure enough this season fashion is blooming as predictably as the jasmine outside, however this time round the flora is taking on a darker, more gothic edge. Think intricate flowers and embellishments on dark lace or sheer black georgette; relaxed floaty silhouettes with tiered maxi dresses, mid length skirts and pretty blouses; and Victorian high necklines, ruffles and intricate details all making an appearance. Johanna wearsMaxMara “Ocarina” jacket, $ 1525. Zimmermann “Maples” sweater, $ 450.Kate Sylvester “PhedraMaxi” dress, $ 679.R.M.Williams “SuedeAdelaide”…

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Gaming 

Nintendo Will Bring Back the NES Classic Edition in 2018

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last year, Nintendo launched its great monument to bait-and-switch, the NES Classic Edition. The cutting-edge 30-year-old console packed a reasonable number of classic NES games into a diminutive form factor; then Nintendo slapped an attractive $ 60 price on the whole shebang. And then, in the face of completely predictable high demand, Nintendo decided to build six of them a week. After a few months, the company decided it had enough money and killed the…

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