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This Date in History

James Dean died in a car crash at the age of 25. Ironically in this tv spot done while promoting his then upcoming movie “Rebel With Out a Cause” (1956), he warns about the hazards of the road and that “the life you save could be mine”.

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Screen Actor Patrick Swayze Dies of Cancer

Actor Patrick Swayze, who reached the peaks of popularity throughout the 1980s and early 90s in such movies as “The Outsiders”(1983),“Red Dawn” (1984), ” Dirty Dancing” (1987), and Ghost (1990); just to name a few, died Monday night following a lengthy battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Swayze was 57 years of age.

Here is a clip from the 1989 Swayze movie ‘Road House’:



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‘Rebel’ and ‘Wailers’

Just found out that things will really be happenin on the night of Thursday October 8th in the Valley. First off just eight days after the 54th anniversary of actor and icon of cool James Dean’s tragic death the second and perhaps best known of his three films (the last two released posthumously a year following his death) there will be a special screening of “Rebel Without a Cause” at the Amherst Cinema at 7PM.

The 1956 film follows the stories of a trio of confused adolescence. Jim (James Dean) is a troubled adolescent who has just moved to a new town with his parents seeking refuge from past demons and troubles. Judy (Natalie Wood) is the attractive girlfriend of the knife wielding drag racing boyfriend of a bully taunting Jim. Finally Plato (Sal Mineo) is the awkward loner largely orphaned by his parents seeking only friendship and family. The three converge on a night that turns into a tempestuous epic that will no doubt alter all forever.

Additionally that night at about 9PM at the Pearl Street nightclub in Northampton, members of the original Wailers (as in Bob Marley and the Wailers) will be performing. Tickets are $23.00.

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BoxoJams: Arlo Guthrie


Here he is performing coming in from LA, from the 1970 documentary movie. This weekend marks the 40th Anniversary of the Woodstock music and Arts Festival.

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RIPJohn Hughes

The publicity shy mind who directed, penned, and produced a myriad of Hollywood hits in the 1980s and early 1990s died yesterday of heart attack while walking in his neighborhood. He was just 59 years old.

Hughes is best known for such classic comedy hits as “Sixteen Candles” (1984), “The Breakfast Club” (1985), and “Ferris Buller’s Day Off” (1986) just to name three.



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This Date in History

The classic film Easy Rider Premieres in 1969.



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This Date in History- July 12

Today is the birthday of Cheech Marin, one half of the classic pot smoking screwball duo Cheech and Chong.


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