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Also: Two Happy Birthdays

Happy Birthday to two great gay men today, both of whom had an immeasurable impact on my life.

Today would have been the 79th birthday of slain gay rights leader (and my lifelong hero) Harvey Milk:


And a very happy 50th (!) to Morrissey, also a gigantic influence on me and the impetus to my teenage-to-now vegetarianism:


Thanks, fellas.

Vegetarians acting weird: The Morrissey Edition

We’ve already wondered what’s going on with Joaquin.

Now, here’s another fellow vegetarian acting funny: Morrissey and his band, nude on the inside sleeve of his new single “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris.”


Care to comment?

I was a teen-age vegan

I’m pretty sure I’ve just dug up the first piece I ever wrote for the St. Petersburg Times, where I worked for 16 years. Wanna read it? Click here.

The editor of the piece decided to change my correct spelling of Buddhist to the arcane spelling. That still annoys me, 15 years later.

Morrissey is writing an autobiography!

Okay, mopey* Moz fans, here’s some good news: According to the NME, former Smiths frontman and bona fide solo sensation Morrissey is penning a “tell-all” autobiography.

I put tell-all in quotes because Morrissey is famously private about his love life. The book, he told a BBC 2 radio host, will focus on his music career:

“So much crap is written about me, it’s hard to live with sometimes. It all gets burned down in history and becomes a part of your legacy.”

I know you Moz fantatics are already investigating ways of pre-ordering the Morrissey memoirs. Let me hear from some of you. Who’s excited?

I’ll read the book. I owe a great debt to Morrissey; it was his song “Meat Is Murder” back in 1985 that made me go vegetarian.

(* Are Morrissey fans still mopey? Back in the days of the Smiths, the fans wore black and pouted. But, his music is so different now. Fill me in).

The New York Dolls in pictures

Rock ‘n’ roll photog Bob Gruen just released a new book called New York Dolls: Photographs featuring pics he’s been shooting of the cross-dressing glam rock band for three decades.

The book has a commentary written by legendary rock writer Legs McNeil (Punk, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk ) and an afterword by Morrissey, who was, as a teen, the leader of the New York Dolls fan club in England, wrote a book about them in 1981, and played a huge role a few years ago in getting the Dolls to reunite and tour.

Gruen, 62, himself is a huge fan and writes that the Dolls, whom he met in 1973, “are like family to me.” Gruen marvels at the band’s far-reaching influence:

“Everyone from Joe Strummer, Gene Simmons to Bret Michaels all said they were influenced by the New York Dolls. They each found their own thing about the Dolls. Some people it was the music, some people it was the look, some people it was the attitude. The Dolls had it all.”

Here are a few pics from Gruen’s book. (Click any of them to enlarge):

Can I hear from my New York Dolls fans?

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