Music: Dancing down the Middle

The Doobie Brothers rack the hits and stack the charts

Not ten years ago, Paul Freelob ran the neighborhood head shop. His hair was shoulder length, and he called himself Paul Free. He sold rolling paper, black-light posters and patchouli oil across the counter, and something a little more interesting under it. He wore biker boots, denims contoured by Levi, not Seventh Avenue, and diamond-shaped shades in wire frames. His favorite band was the Doobie Brothers, and he could sing all the words to Listen to the Music.

Now the head shop is a freestyle hair salon called the Grin Reapers. Paul has...

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