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"I used to lay on the ground and smoke a joint with the speakers next to my head while listening to ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.’ The photography, artwork, liner notes, and lyrics were all part of the experience." - Alec Baldwin on his teenage vinyl years.

Having made a serious study of 1970s arena rock before graduating to classical music, Alec Baldwin has a personal music collection that includes high culture and not-so-fondly-remembered pop. Baldwin, who keeps two boxes of vinyl records in the former shrink’s office on Central Park West he uses as a sort of man cave, has been something of an audiophile since the days of Iron Butterfly. His taste in audio equipment runs uniformly toward the high end - find out what the audiophile recommends for an ideal setup.

Having made a serious study of 1970s arena rock before graduating to classical music, Alec Baldwin has a personal music collection that includes high culture and not-so-fondly-remembered pop. Baldwin, who keeps two boxes of vinyl records in the former shrink’s office on Central Park West he uses as a sort of man cave, has been something of an audiophile since the days of Iron Butterfly. His taste in audio equipment runs uniformly toward the high end - find out what the audiophile recommends for an ideal setup.

For the new issue of Men’s Journal, contributing editor Erik Hedegaard sat down with veteran actor #JoshBrolin, who talks candidly about losing his virginity at 11, smoking heroin, his mother’s death, and the mass shooting in Colorado that delayed the release of Gangster Squad.

For the new issue of Men’s Journal, contributing editor Erik Hedegaard sat down with veteran actor #JoshBrolin, who talks candidly about losing his virginity at 11, smoking heroin, his mother’s death, and the mass shooting in Colorado that delayed the release of Gangster Squad.

The everybody-loves-Jeff Bridges home base is, of course, The Big Lebowski. For the two of you who haven’t seen it, Bridges’s Jeffrey Lebowski, a.k.a. the Dude, is a bowler stoner. He has a big heart, no job, and an omnipresent White Russian. He is hapless and well-intentioned, much like Bridges would be without his wife, daughters, sidemen, and manager. “The Coen brothers told me they were writing a script for me,” recalls Bridges. “I thought, ‘That’s cool.’ Then I read the script and I was like, ‘Have you been following me around to parties?’ It’s a lot like a younger version of me.” I vowed to be the first magazine writer not to write about Bridges’s Dude-like qualities. Such a cliché, I thought. And then you meet him and he is, well, the goddamned Dude in all his fuzzy-headed, non sequitur goodness. If anything, Bridges’s cinematic Dude understates things. — from Stephen Rodrick’s Secrets of a Contented Man

The everybody-loves-Jeff Bridges home base is, of course, The Big Lebowski. For the two of you who haven’t seen it, Bridges’s Jeffrey Lebowski, a.k.a. the Dude, is a bowler stoner. He has a big heart, no job, and an omnipresent White Russian. He is hapless and well-intentioned, much like Bridges would be without his wife, daughters, sidemen, and manager. “The Coen brothers told me they were writing a script for me,” recalls Bridges. “I thought, ‘That’s cool.’ Then I read the script and I was like, ‘Have you been following me around to parties?’ It’s a lot like a younger version of me.” I vowed to be the first magazine writer not to write about Bridges’s Dude-like qualities. Such a cliché, I thought. And then you meet him and he is, well, the goddamned Dude in all his fuzzy-headed, non sequitur goodness. If anything, Bridges’s cinematic Dude understates things. — from Stephen Rodrick’s Secrets of a Contented Man

"Let’s just come out and say it: The women here are beautiful. There’s an offhanded understanding of the possibility of sex that permeates the town. Maybe it’s the heat and the fact that everyone wears so few clothes; maybe it’s because nature so clearly dominates the rhythms of life here. Maybe it’s just Brazil." — from Andrew McCarthy’s The Last Real Beach Town.

"Let’s just come out and say it: The women here are beautiful. There’s an offhanded understanding of the possibility of sex that permeates the town. Maybe it’s the heat and the fact that everyone wears so few clothes; maybe it’s because nature so clearly dominates the rhythms of life here. Maybe it’s just Brazil." — from Andrew McCarthy’s The Last Real Beach Town.

"At 80 and past concealing that fact, Clint Eastwood looks like the wise old blue-eyed patriarch of an alternative-history America that has never lost a war or run a deficit. He comes off like a man with few worries and few regrets who lives by the Spartan motto “Get on with it” and has learned to dismiss his animal needs." — from Walter Kirn’s The Gunslinger and the Apprentice

"At 80 and past concealing that fact, Clint Eastwood looks like the wise old blue-eyed patriarch of an alternative-history America that has never lost a war or run a deficit. He comes off like a man with few worries and few regrets who lives by the Spartan motto “Get on with it” and has learned to dismiss his animal needs." — from Walter Kirn’s The Gunslinger and the Apprentice

We asked four of our favorite guys what gear they never leave behind. Here’s what they had to say. Clockwise from top left:
Travis RiceProfessional Freeride SnowboarderI never travel without Merken spice. It’s a Chilean hot chili–based spice, not to be confused with a pubic wig of a similar name. There’s no telling where you’ll be forced to eat on the road — you might need to add a smoky, chipotle-like crescendo to your bland meal at uninspired establishments.
Joe BuckFox Sports play-by-play announcerI’m never without my Swiss Army backpack. I have every compartment perfectly packed. It’s got a cheat sheet for that week’s game, a multicolored pen that I use to prioritize what I’ll say on the air, my iPad, and makeup, which I often need to apply in stadium public bathrooms. Hey, you gotta be tough. 
Anthony BourdainHost of Travel Channel’s No ReservationsI wouldn’t want to be without some good old beat-up cowboy boots. I have a pair of ordinary-looking but nicely broken-in Billy Martins. They have no frills, no decorations, and they’re faded and much stained. But they’re lethally pointy and comfortable, like old friends.
Tony StewartNASCAR Sprint Cup ChampionI couldn’t live without my 1956 Chevy step-side pickup truck. It’s restored but not to show standards, so I can use it and not worry about scratching the bed. If I need to haul a boat or pick up parts and take them to the shop, no problem. I like that it’s simple. When life gets complicated, it’s nice to have something simple.

We asked four of our favorite guys what gear they never leave behind. Here’s what they had to say. Clockwise from top left:

Travis Rice
Professional Freeride Snowboarder

I never travel without Merken spice. It’s a Chilean hot chili–based spice, not to be confused with a pubic wig of a similar name. There’s no telling where you’ll be forced to eat on the road — you might need to add a smoky, chipotle-like crescendo to your bland meal at uninspired establishments.

Joe Buck
Fox Sports play-by-play announcer

I’m never without my Swiss Army backpack. I have every compartment perfectly packed. It’s got a cheat sheet for that week’s game, a multicolored pen that I use to prioritize what I’ll say on the air, my iPad, and makeup, which I often need to apply in stadium public bathrooms. Hey, you gotta be tough.

Anthony Bourdain
Host of Travel Channel’s No Reservations

I wouldn’t want to be without some good old beat-up cowboy boots. I have a pair of ordinary-looking but nicely broken-in Billy Martins. They have no frills, no decorations, and they’re faded and much stained. But they’re lethally pointy and comfortable, like old friends.

Tony Stewart
NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

I couldn’t live without my 1956 Chevy step-side pickup truck. It’s restored but not to show standards, so I can use it and not worry about scratching the bed. If I need to haul a boat or pick up parts and take them to the shop, no problem. I like that it’s simple. When life gets complicated, it’s nice to have something simple.

Marty Reisman's table-tennis career may have peaked 60 years ago, but as Mark Adams learned in our April 2012 issue, that hasn’t stopped him from traveling the globe, chasing women, and hobnobbing with celebrities. You can read all about Reisman when the issue arrives March 9.

Marty Reisman's table-tennis career may have peaked 60 years ago, but as Mark Adams learned in our April 2012 issue, that hasn’t stopped him from traveling the globe, chasing women, and hobnobbing with celebrities. You can read all about Reisman when the issue arrives March 9.