Bare naked bust: Maclean's

    The fight, the girlfriend and the coke arrest: how the Barenaked Ladies
    front man fell from grace.

    Also in this week's special double-issue of Maclean's: a look at the
    celebrity gossip's selling power, and Barbara Amiel on: if the rich and
    well-connected cannot get justice, what chance is there for anyone else?

    TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - A child prodigy who graduated from high school
at 16, Steven Page went on to become an unlikely star in the Canadian band
Barenaked Ladies - a nerdy, chubby figure whose clever pop anthems could
occasionally flirt with greatness. This week, turn to Maclean's for an
in-depth look at the unraveling of Canada's most lovable pop star.
    How did it come to this, that a man as apparently ingenuous as
Steven Page, Canada's goofy pop star-turned-activist and a father of three
sons, would wind up arrested in upstate New York for cocaine possession along
with his new girlfriend, Christine Benedicto, after a barroom fight?
    In a wide-ranging interview, Christine's husband, Gregory Benedicto,
spoke candidly to Maclean's regarding Christine's relationship with Page and
its origins. Friends of Page, stunned by the news, also offer their insights,
as do fans who were on a cruise ship with the new couple earlier this year.
Behind-the-scenes stories suggest how seriously Page has taken himself over
the years and the degree to which he has yearned for approval.
    However shocking the arrest, Page's history of depression and strained
relationships suggests he's no stranger to personal struggle - that he has
always been aloof, uncomfortable with his own success and prone to melancholy.
For some understanding of what's happened to Steven Page - and where he could
wind up, see the latest issue of Maclean's.

    Celebrity gossip sells the goods

    The power of strategically placed celebrity gossip makes product
placement in movies seem downright quaint. Today's smut hound may think he or
she is catching up on the latest chapter in the Kate Hudson-Lance Armstrong
romance as the couple is paparazzi-ed playing tennis, but the fact is they're
outfitted in gear from Nike, a company Armstrong represents. Another agenda is
at work: one in which the gossip consumer is in fact the one being sold goods.

    Barbara Amiel: How my life got wiped out

    'So what you ask. What does it matter if one well-off elderly white woman
with too many pairs of expensive shoes now finds her social life largely
limited to visiting her dearly missed husband in a U.S. federal correctional
institution?' The wife of Conrad Black says that if ostensibly privileged
defendants can be baselessly smeared, wrongfully deprived, falsely accused,
shamelessly persecuted, innocently convicted and grotesquely punished, it
doesn't take much to figure out what happens to the vulnerable, the powerless,
the working-class people whose savings have been eaten up trying to defend
themselves. Where, she asks, is the outrage and fury?

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