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Parasomnia Acknowledges Michigan Bands

Renowned Hollywood horror film director William Malone’s latest DVD release, Parasomnia, has a plot line that includes a significant nod to some of Michigan’s garage rock bands of the 1960’s. Malone, who was born in Lansing and played in a rock and roll band there in the 60’s, is probably best known for his 1999 big screen remake of the classic House On Haunted Hill and for 2002’s nightmarish FeardotCom.

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Remembering John Lennon

On a recent visit to New York City, Lynn-J and I had an opportunity to visit Central Park on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon in late September. Our main objective was to find Strawberry Fields, a 2.5 acre area in the park that was dedicated to the memory of John Lennon in 1985 and named after one of his most famous songs, “Strawberry Fields Forever”.

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“Where You Gonna Go” lyrics

David A. Carson’s excellent book, Grit, Noise, And Revolution – The Birth Of Detroit Rock ‘N’ Roll provides background on the Unrelated Segments, one of the Motor City’s great garage bands.  Carson wrote; “The Unrelated Segments was a band whose members all came from Detroit’s downriver suburbs. Lead vocalist Ron Stults and lead guitarist Rory Mack were from Taylor, bass played Barry Van Engelen, from Lincoln Park, drummer Andy Angellotti from Melvindale, and rhythm guitarist John Torock from Allen Park. Torock was the band’s oldest member, and it was while taking a course in microeconomics at business college that he took part in a discussion about unrelated segments”.

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