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Clarke Peters: my family values

The actor and writer talks about how his brother got him his first job in showbusiness, his grief at his young son’s death and why he’s now celibate

I grew up in a place I renamed Angel Wood – Englewood, New Jersey. Wonderful artists such as Dizzy Gillespie lived there; and it was one of the first American cities to integrate schools across race, religious and class lines, thanks to parents getting together to demonstrate for it in the late 1950s and early 1960s. We would go to church and synagogue as well; it was a beautiful legacy.

I went to school with John Travolta and Ernie Isley, one of the Isley Brothers; the three of us would go ice-skating together and John’s mother directed the first show I was in, a high-school production of My Fair Lady in which I played an urchin at 14. I wanted to
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Tears and Tributes at Grammy Lifetime Achievement Kudos

Tears and Tributes at Grammy Lifetime Achievement Kudos
“If the afternoon ends and there’s still a dry eye in the house then we haven’t done our jobs,” Recording Academy prexy Neil Portnow said Saturday during the presentation of lifetime achievement awards to seven honorees, including the Beatles, Kris Kristofferson and the Isley Brothers.

“It’s a lifetime achievement award but I feel like we’ve all got a lot more life in us,” Ringo Starr said in accepting the award for the Fab Four. “Beatles music is still out there and that’s the thing I’m most proud of.”

Yoko Ono (pictured above with Starr) and Olivia Harrison, widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, were also on hand for the presentation as part of Grammy’s Special Merit Awards ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell theater. (Paul McCartney was busy rehearsing for Monday’s taping of the CBS special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ U.
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Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Red House

I don't normally go see cover acts, mostly because of the constant belly aching from my friends in "real" bands about how those "Freebird" playing yahoos are always taking money out of their pockets. And after getting burned one too many times by lame tribute acts (Ok, just that once, but you know who you are and you should be ashamed!), I was wary of the "Experience Hendrix" tribute tour because I love Jimi Hendrix and refuse to let some hack ruin him for me.

But with a lineup that includes Jimi's original Band of Gypsys and Experience bassist Billy Cox, guitar wizards Steve Vai, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Eric Johnson and Robert Randolph, in addition to Living Colour, members of Los Lobos, Ernie Isley, Susan Tedeschi and former Stevie Ray Vaughan drummer Chris Layton, you kind of couldn't lose, right? I mean, this was not
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