Day: July 9, 2012

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths” by Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths” by Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz c.2012, Voyageur Press $21.99 / $23.99 Canada 240 pages, includes index   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER It wasn’t true. It couldn’t be. That rumor you heard about your favorite rock & roll star?  It had to be fake. It was made up. Completely untrue, you were sure of it. Mick didn’t do things like that. Sid’s mom would’ve been more careful. Gene, well, it’s not possible. Even all these years later, you kind of wonder… what about Elvis, Michael, and Frank?  You’d really like to know, and in “Rock ‘n’ Roll Myths” by Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz, you finally will. Okay, so you can’t deny that rockers do weird things. They love it when fans talk about them, and the best way to start buzz is to be outrageous. But, for instance, must one become a Knight in Service to Satan to achieve that? Apparently, no, says Graff and Durchholz. “KISS” is not an acronym and doesn’t have anything to do with the devil. Neither does Black Sabbath. And Robert Johnson? Maybe. Probably not. Then there’s John Lennon. He denied the rumors about Brian Epstein, but we’ll never know the truth. Led Zeppelin says it wasn’t a shark, but a snapper that the groupie snapped up. Donna Summer was not a Bad Girl in the studio. And the Jagger-and-Bowie...

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Bond amendment will save $76K

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes An amendment calculated to save Keizer more than $76,000 annually was approved by the City Council on Monday. The vote extended the terms of an agreement between the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency and Bank of America that primarily involves the construction costs of the new Keizer Civic Center. The agency consists of Mayor Lore Christopher and the council members. Susan Gahlsdorf, Keizer finance director, reported that of the $12,260,000 borrowed, all but $2,660,000 had been repaid.  The agency had enough cash to pay the balance, she said, but the agency needed cash to help mitigate city interest costs on the Keizer Station local improvement district debt. The LID debt carries a 5.2 percent interest rate. The interest rate on the line of credit is variable, tied to the Prime Rate, and is currently 2.3137 percent. As with the original agreement, the line of credit can be repaid ahead of schedule without penalty. Just before the regular council meeting, the council met as the Urban Renewal Agency and approved the amendment, as it would in regular session. In other business, Stan Hoisington, an identity theft specialist, asked the city to provide information on child identity theft. He said one out of 10 children have been victims of it. Jerry McGee, a former Keizer councilor, urged that elected city officials not participate in an approaching...

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