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Even GOP candidate fawns over rock stars, Washington Post says
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2007 5:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rock stars snort powders and cremated parents, promote thuggish personas, and do it all for a corporate dollar – yet we only love them all the more, says the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan. Even Mike Huckabee revealed his un-GOP admiration for Keith Richards, pardoning his reckless driving charge and dismissing critics by saying, “If you can play guitar like Keith Richards, I’d do it for you.”

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As “a feast of rock star fabulosity” airs on TV this week – from Justin Timberlake’s “Futuresex/Loveshow” to the "MTV Video Music Awards" – Givhan celebrates the power of musicians who make millions sway. Why did publicity-averse Giorgio Armani dress the controversial 50 Cent without batting an eye? “The myth of the rock star endures. And at some point, everyone turns into a groupie.” (Read more 50 Cent stories.)

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