Five Tips for Conquering Stage Fright from Veteran Rock Drummer Mark Schulman

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Todd Kaplan
Schulman's played with a who's who of music in his career, including his current acts, like Pink and Cher.
Mark Schulman knows a thing or two about performing. The 54-year-old drummer has played with everyone from Billy Idol to Foreigner to Simple Minds, and he currently drums for both Pink and Cher.
When he's not traveling the world, Schulman's found another passion in the form of motivational presentations for businesses and performers of all types. The topic of his presentations? Stage fright.

For someone who got their first drum set at 9 and played their first gig at 12, you'd think Schulman wouldn't have too many stories of stage fright ruining his performances, and you'd be right. After nerves destroyed his chances during an audition with Bad English when he was just starting out, the LA native promised to himself that he'd never let stage fright get the best of him again.

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Alice Bag Reflects on Her Nicaraguan Revolution in 'Pipe Bomb For The Soul'

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Martin Sorrondeguy
Punk legend Alice Bag is back in book form and is as explosive as ever. The author follows up Violence Girl, her Chicana coming-of-age tale fronting The Bags, with Pipe Bomb For The Soul. Based on travel diaries, Bag's new book looks back at her time in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution. She traveled there in 1986 as a Paulo Freire-lovin' teacher ready to learn about education reform but soon discovered her lessons lied within. Through journal entries, she recounts her experience living a month in Esteli, a northern stronghold of the ruling FSLN party.

It's there that Bag encounters Comandante Gladys Baez, who challenged what she thought she knew about revolutionary women. Other conversations lead to more conversions along the way ensuring that when Bag returned back to Los Angeles, she'd never be the same. Pipe Bomb For The Soul excels in rekindling that revolutionary fervor existing in Nicaragua as it attempted a more pluralistic socialist democracy while mired in a bloody U.S.-backed Contra war.

The Weekly devoured Alice Bag's new book hot off the presses and spoke with the author ahead of her appearance at the OC Anarchist Bookfair this weekend in Santa Ana.

See also: 10 Classic Punk Bands We'd Love to See Reunite

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OC Anarchist Bookfair Rallies Resistance and Revolution This Saturday!

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Courtesy Gabriel San Roman
Anarchy in the OC!
Contrary to popular misconceptions about Orange County being an apathetic wasteland of Conservativism, it's actually a hotbed of poltical and radical activism, raised by its citizens' awareness of local and global issues. Out of that consciousness springs an event aimed at emboldening regional activists and writers who lay their thought-provoking ideas through book, zine, art, or music for the greater public: the OC Anarchist Bookfair.

Held this Saturday at El Centro Cultural de Mexico in SanTana, OCABF is a day-long series of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, performance art, bands, and (oh yeah!) books aimed at bringing the local activist community together.

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Wordsmith Mark Gonzales Asks Us to Wage Beauty Amid Terror in New Book

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Mark Gonzales, chief storyteller
A better world begins with a better story for Mark Gonzales. The acclaimed poet, teacher, and writer has traveled the globe's five continents over the years witnessing the trauma of displacement and the human spirit of survival that defies against all odds. These experiences are folded into the pages of his new book In Times of Terror, Wage Beauty. Gonzales finely crafts prose that reads like a manifesto for the wounded warriors of the world. An elder in the making, he subversively sculpts ideas that ask us to consider anew what we thought we knew about power, language, values and healing on both an individual level as well as a collective one inherited through generations.

Gonzales recently returned to Riverside City College where he attended as a non-traditional student in his late 20s. The campus brought him back, this time as a closing keynote, to talk with youth from different community colleges about leadership. He expanded on the thoughts of his new book with the Weekly before taking the stage.

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The Grateful Dead's Journey Is Far From Over

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Don LaVange via Flickr
The cover art of the Grateful Dead's Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings three-LP set
By: Bob Ruggiero

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead
By Peter Richardson
St. Martin's, 384 pp., $26.99

With 2015 marking the 50th anniversary of their formation, expect a lot of attention paid this year to the musical and cultural legacy of the Grateful Dead. The four surviving members of the classic lineup (Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart) have announced a "that's all, folks!" series of final shows under the banner of "Fare Thee Well" July 3-5 at Chicago's Soldier Field.

According to a published report, the band has already received requests for 350,000 tickets even though the capacity for all shows is just under 200,000 -- and that's just from their in-house mail order service. Phish's Trey Anastasio will fill in on guitar and vocals for the late Jerry Garcia, and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards) and previous Dead compatriot Bruce Hornsby (piano) will augment the lineup.

Author Peter Richardson's No Simple Highway mainly looks and the musical, social, and political influences that surrounded the group, as well as its own unique models of traveling, touring and community which developed (and were not always successful) over the course of decades.

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What Were '80s Skinheads Really Like?

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Derek Ridgers
Skinheads in Chelsea
The boots, the grimaces, the shiny baldness and bad intentions are all hallmarks of the skinheads we know and loathe in OC. We've also laughed at plenty of the ass beatings they've endured over the years on their plummet to near-extinction behind the Orange Curtain. But tracing the origins of this culture of white power stupidity dates back to the decrepit back alleys, town squares, and clubs of London and nearby coastal towns in the late '70s. No longer were skinheads a subset of working class youth obsessed with Jamaican culture and soul music. It had become a movement fully infected by Nazi ideology, fueled by rhetoric and a sharp hatred of minorities, homosexuals and foreigners. Despite the need to portray some clench-fisted standoff with society, it appears many of these little fuckers were quite the attention whores.

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Excerpts From New Rock Memoir I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig

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Beau Phillips
Beau Phillips (left) with Robert Plant
Beau Phillips was a radio programmer at Seattle radio station KISW from 1978 to 1996, and was head of marketing at MTV for a few years. During this time, he was around some of the biggest names in music, when the biz was at its financial apex.

Phillips just self-published a memoir called I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig, which looks back on his career and "all the wildness that went on backstage," as Sammy Hagar says in the book's forward.

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Five Rap Songs The Would Make Great Children's Books

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Recently, the worlds of rap classics and children's literature collided with the online release of "Regulate: the Children's Book." The debut project of the "HipHopChildrensBooks" Tumblr, it's the brainchild of rapper and Soulcrate Music member Wes Eisenhauer who brought Warren G and Nate Dogg's storybook-style rhyme slingin' into the style of an actual storybook, thanks to artist Mark Wagner. Inspired by this innovation, which can be read for free here, we at the Weekly came up with five rap songs we also hope get the children's book treatment.

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Do Zines Belong in OC's Public Libraries?

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Sarah Bennett
Ziba Perez Zehdar
In 2012, Ziba Perez Zehdar re-discovered zines, those little anti-authoritarian pieces of self-published paper long printed by everyone from science fiction fans to early LGBT activists to punk rockers and the Riotgrrrls. The first L.A. Zine Fest happened in February of that year and even though it had been more than ten years since Zehdar's high school friend last turned poetry, photos and even crossword puzzles from other members of their crew into a photocopied and hand-stapled scrapbook called Luna and Tuna, she bought a vendor table for them anyway.

"I told her 'For your birthday, I got us a booth at L.A. Zine Fest and you're going to make a new Luna and Tuna for it,'" Zehdar, who is now an Adult Services Librarian with the Orange County Public library system, remembers.

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Author Craig Lewis Explains Why Punk Rock is a Haven For the Mentally Unstable

Max Braverman
Craig Lewis

Many authors speak in front of live audiences in hopes of selling books. Craig Lewis, however, has a different agenda.

The 40-year-old's lecture Saturday night at TKO Records in Huntington Beach will address issues regarding mental health, but in a way many are unfamiliar with. You see, Lewis -- like Sheena -- is a punk rocker.

To the uninformed, punk rock is nothing more than Sid Vicious shooting dope and (allegedly) killing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, but people actively involved in punk understand the genre is more than a deceased Sex Pistol. The culture's do-it-yourself spirit empowers its followers and allows them to be as expressive and individualistic as they choose. Often, Lewis says, punk's open-door policy welcomes artists, misfits, weirdos and anti-authoritarian types. The scene also becomes a sanctuary for people with mental health issues.

Unfortunately, Lewis -- a certified peer specialist -- says mental health is an issue still not fully addressed in his community, which is why he published Better Days: A Mental Health Recovery Workbook and You're Crazy, a collection of 27 essays by punkers addressing their mental health issues and addiction. It's a sentiment that Lewis understands as he was first placed into a psychiatric home at 14 and later spent a decade getting high. Lewis says he's been drug-and-alcohol -free since 2001 and focuses on having good minutes, good hours and good days, which he attributes to his being "healthy now...for the most part."

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