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Poison’s Bret Michaels with director Penelope Spheeris during production of "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years"

The Anthropological Power of the Long-Unavailable (But Never Forgotten) ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ Trilogy

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For years now, Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization documentaries have loomed larger as artifacts and specters than as actual films, thanks in no small part to their decades-long lack of availability via official channels. They were never previously available on DVD, due to a combination of licensing issues and the director’s own reluctance to revisit them; if you wanted to see them, you had to buy a pricey VHS copy on eBay (and then find a way to watch a VHS tape) or, more likely, a bootleg.
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10 Rock Songs About Rock Icons

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The Flavorwire inbox recently took delivery of a press release about a song called “Mick Jagger,” courtesy of NYC band Baked. The song itself is not bad at all, notwithstanding the fact that its lyrics don’t appeal to have a great deal to do with Jagger himself, and it catalyzed one of our endless intra-office geekouts: what about other songs named for and/or about music industry icons? So, it’s list time! Here are ten particularly notable examples, for better or… Read More

Idiosyncratic Illustrations of Memorable Musical Collaborations

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We’ve written a bit about unexpectedly awesome musical collaborations here on Flavorwire over the years, and as such, we were rather taken by these illustrations of some such collaborations. They’re by artistic duo Pol and Sakiroo Choi, and we spotted them via Thaeger, whose write-up of the pieces may or may not be interesting reading, depending on how good your German is. Anyway, click through and check out some of our favorites — there’s Run-DMC and Aerosmith, Kanye West and Daft Punk, and various others (but not, sadly, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, although maybe some things are better left un-illustrated.
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Is Steven Tyler Having a Midlife Crisis?

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In its heyday, hard rock band Aerosmith was known just as well for its music as it was for its hard partying, and Steven Tyler was the baddest rock star around, doing drugs, destroying hotel rooms, chasing Playboy bunnies, you name it. “I’ve had the clap twice now so . . . you really have to be careful,” Tyler told a reporter at the time. “This pace is ruining me . . . I put on three coats of moisturizer in the morning so my face doesn’t dry out . . . I’m on a plane every day for three years. Flying first-class — big deal. All it means is you’ll hit first.” Yikes. But now, the 62-year-old rock legend is reinventing himself as a somewhat sassy, friendly American Idol judge, replacing the crotchety Simon Cowell. “The sparkle in your eye is, like, forget about it,” he told one contestant. “I will finish that off with a double helping of ooh-yeah.” Really awkward, especially considering his age, but nicer than Simon Cowell, to be sure, and not the least bit reminiscent of his old hard-edged ways. In the wake of his new persona, fans and friends are calling midlife-crisis, complaining that he’s totally selling out in his efforts to rebrand himself and blaming everyone from his ex-wife to his new 30-something girlfriend.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Download Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz’s official remix of Kanye West’s “Power,” and we guarantee that you’ll feel more awake this morning. [via Vulture]
2. Yes, please: It’s rumored that Madonna is considering an offer to spend a five-year residency in Las Vegas. Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, it’s a… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall came down. The New York Times Op-Ed editors asked nine poets — Eastern European, American, Russian and German — to write new works inspired by the event. [via NYT]
2. After nearly 40 years Steven Tyler has quit Aerosmith as far as Joe Perry can tell.… Read More