Idol worship

In the 1950s and '60s, Tony Zoppi wrote about -- and rode with -- the stars

Zoppi penned his autobiography a few years back, then decided to do nothing with it. He doesn't even know where the manuscript is--possibly it's in his cedar chest upstairs, buried under more old photos and telegrams and keepsakes, or maybe it's just gone. After all, Zoppi doesn't even know where his thousands of newspaper clips are, preferring instead the company of old photographs that preserve old memories.

Scene, heard
A Dream Team of local bands will pay homage to the music of Richard Thompson with an R.T. cover night November 16 at Trees. The bands that will be shooting out the lights and climbing the wall of death include: Vibrolux, the Cartwrights, Slowpoke, Josh Alan, Old 97s, and 66. The performance is in conjunction with the release of the Richard Thompson tribute album Beat the Retreat, and will be recorded for possible release--either as a regional release, or as a best-of compilation featuring performances from other tribute shows being held around the country. You'll need a canned good to get in--admission is free--and all donations will be turned over to the AIDS Resource Center...

Call it a battle of the signed (and used-to-be signed, or probably-will-be-signed-again) bands. Another local Dream Team performs November 12 at Trees, featuring Course of Empire, Toadies, and Funland.

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