Lenny Bruce

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Taxing Catholics

Should the Roman Catholic Church, and the various subsidiary groups and organizations that exist under its umbrella and operate at its direction, be entitled to state- and federal-tax exemptions?
Should the Church lose its exemption?
By EDITORIAL  |  November 20, 2009

Interview: Bill Maher

"If liberals act like pussies, then they are pussies."
Bill Maher's new rules to live by
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2009

Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
Gift books for every (perverse) taste
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 02, 2008

Bob Dylan Unboxed

This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.  
Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008

Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008


I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 15, 2008


Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

“The role of a comedian,” said the late Lenny Bruce, is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every 15 seconds.”
Say what it wants in a big way
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 03, 2007

Rap Hashanah

The Boston Jewish Music Connection kicked off the Jewish New Year not with a kegger or kippers but with a freestyle showdown of Jewish rappers.
An old school new year
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  September 24, 2007

Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007

Off the press!

I can write the alternative press’s history — or one passably passionate version of it — because the institution’s trajectory matches my own.
My life and good times in alternative journalism  
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  November 15, 2006

Just Visting

What's the difference between Mexican and American comedy?
An occasional shout-out from people passing through town  
By MARK OSTOW  |  November 08, 2006


Who you callin’ a punk?

Jamaica Plain–based freelancer and Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation staffer Steven Lee Beeber was waiting for a plane at the airport a number of years ago when his girlfriend let out a gasp.
Down by law
By IAN SANDS  |  November 01, 2006

Class acts

Stan Strickland doesn’t play an instrument; he is an instrument.
Stan Strickland , Thom Pain (based on nothing) , and Augusta
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 03, 2006

Flashbacks: June 9, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 07, 2006

Steely man

For a rock band who wrote songs about prostitutes, Eastern gurus, pedophilia, heroin, niece lust, Charlie Parker, and a post-apocalyptic world, Steely Dan have always had something akin to the last laugh.
Donald Fagen takes a solo shot
By KEN MICALLEF  |  March 09, 2006