Did Henry Ford really make a car out of hemp? Was the Declaration of Independence written on hemp paper? Did Abraham Lincoln use hemp oil in his lamps? The hemp plant, a variety of Cannabis sativa that's the subject of this week's cover story "Green Acres," is steeped in lore. Some hemp legends ar ... More >>
There's nothing wrong with cover songs. In fact, before Sam Cooke and the Beatles shifted the established paradigms, singer and songwriter were two entirely separate professions. And there's also nothing wrong with a musician recording a cover album in the twilight of their career (Johnny Cash's Ame ... More >>
Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at when Grammy winner Marc Cohn got shot in the head in downtown Denver during a car-jacking attempt gone awry. Marc Cohn might be a superhero. At least t ... More >>
If the last time you rented a movie from Blockbuster also happened to be the last time you watched an Eddie Murphy movie, you're not alone. But just in case you did feel like giving up Netflix, Hulu and Redbox, and rewinding that copy of Beverly Hills Cop III you borrowed in 1994, Colorado's got you ... More >>
Photo courtesy of John May'72 Chevy CamaroEvery artist has their quirk -- an obsession within their own work. For John May, that obsession is seeing his reflection on the door of a newly painted car. "I take pictures that are reflection pictures, and they have my reflection in them," he says. ... More >>
Because we at Westword pull hella clout in this town, we managed to snag 35 free tickets to the Denver Auto Show, which started yesterday and continues through Sunday -- and because we're pretty much benevolent gods over here, we decided to give them away to you. Tuesday, we asked you to tell ... More >>
The Avett Brothers, Sally Ford and the Sound Outside Saturday, Aug. 22 Ogden Theatre Better than: Most of the shows I've seen this summer. I never thought I'd see a full-fledged hootenanny on the stage of the Ogden Theatre. But during choice moments of the Avett Brothers' Saturday set, an appea ... More >>
The truth is out there, and in 2007, it was often weird, wicked or just plain wild.
From the week of 2/1/2007
Is Denver's Grand Prix headed down a racing dead end?
This bullrider's dream of a million bucks was gone in 1.8 seconds.
Highlighting the week's greatest gratis event
In the LoDo resale market, what's gone up could come down.
Time to kick back and get comfortable at Tom's Home Cookin'.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Whatever happened to the future?
Hank Williams III hopes to do it his way, with or without Nashville's help.
An essential boxed set shows what was right about Hank Williamsand what's wrong about country music today.
How a couple of "average, flawed people" are jammin' till the jam is through.
Upstart Jack Hawkins tries to win control of the state AFL-CIO.
Sal Martinez says he's no snitch. But rumors have a long life on the street.
Patrick Robb's vehicles were not owned by a little old lady who drove them to church on Sundays.
It's no accident that business is booming for car-wreck reconstructionists.
Jim Garner wanted to murder his wife, Dana. Even from the grave, he may get his way.
Gene Kelley plugged into the lucrative pay-phone business--until someone dropped a dime on him.
Punk godfather Wayne Kramer is keeping the legacy of the MC5 alive.
BILL GATES--NOT THAT BILL GATES--HELPS HIMSELF TO SOME QUALITY TIME. READ ALL ABOUT IT.
ONCE THIS RESTAURANT BATTLED HIPPIES. NOW IT'S THE COUNTER-CULTURE'S LAST STAND.