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Rock Style: Defying the American Dream

Playing rock is a means of living out a definition of the good life that defies the American dream: never have a steady job, keep crazy hours, get stoned, play music, draw constant attention, and, if you do all these things well, make lots of money.

Mr. Mike’s America

Michael O’Donoghue was known as the sicko of Seventies comedy, a man who set out to disturb his audience on a primal level then dared them to laugh anyway.

People Aren’t Tidy

“I’m curious about what makes people behave the way they do. Trying to figure that out is really fun—trying to get it right. Sometimes people can explain themselves to you, but not usually.”

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