Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Subject of Historic Dylan Song, Dead at 76

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He became a fighter for justice.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, whose wrongful conviction in a New Jersey murder became the subject of a Denzel Washington film and a Bob Dylan song, has died at his home in Toronto.

Carter grew up in Passaic, New Jersey. He was an Army boxing champion and later won more than 50 bouts, most by knockout. But he was imprisoned in a triple murder, spent years in detention, escaped, and was imprisoned again. His conviction was overturned twice, and he was finally freed in 1985.

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Paco de Lucia Dead at 66


Paco de Lucia, who changed jazz guitar in the 1970s and 1980s with his amazing finger work, apparently had a heart attack, his family reported.

A 1981 album, Friday Night in San Francisco, recorded with John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, is one of the top live jazz guitar albums of all time. His 1973 rumba, "Entre Dos Aguas," was one of the most popular songs ever recorded in Spain.

See also: The Unbelievable Paco de Lucia: A Career Overview

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Good-bye Dave Brubeck! Five Best Videos

Dave Brubeck was a white guy who knew rhythm like no one has ever known rhythm.

Son of a concert pianist and father of stunning jazz musicians, he died yesterday at age 91 -- the same age as my father. In a sense, Brubeck was my dad -- at least culturally. I saw him numerous times in concert, mostly in small venues. He was already an old guy back then in the late 1970s and '80s.

I never saw him with army buddy and genius sax player Paul Desmond. But somehow in my teens, their music became part of my life. They taught me things about harmonics and chords that I could never have learned any other way but listening to guys whom I respected.

In any case, jump to see five of their best.

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Bob Dylan, America's Greatest Mystic Poet, is 70 Today

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The Minnesota Bard is seven decades old today. He is my hero. He is crazy. He owns -- or owned - a big yacht. His mom knew my grandma in the North Country, where I was born.

He was Jewish, Christian, and turned the Beatles on to LSD....Yackity, yackity. You know all the about Dylan.

This month Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone have done wonderful features that look back on Bob's career. There are photos from the Rolling Thunder review and a great trivia quiz. Check em out.

For the record, these are my favorite Dylan lyrics: "Darkness at the break of noon, shadows even the silver spoon, the handmade blade, the child's balloon, to understand you know to soon, there is no sense in trying."

What are yours?

We're Moving and Expanding!

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After more than 15 years at the same joint, Miami New Times is moving next week. It's not a big change. We are just rolling our stuff a mile north on Biscayne Boulevard to a pretty little building at 4500 Biscayne Boulevard, where we will occupy the second floor.

The space is larger than our present operation at 2800 Biscayne. Technology will be a bigger part of the new place, with flat screen TVs everywhere and website numbers raining down upon us like the monsoon that hit this morning. We circulate 70,000 newspapers each week these days. Our site gets about 610,000 page views over the same period. The new place should help cater to the fast growing web audience.

The public should see no effect from the move. Our phone numbers and, of course, web addresses, will not change. The mailing address is slightly different, 4500 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 200, but even the zip code won't change.

So if you want to stop by and take a look, c'mon down!

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