I've always remembered a great line from a wonderful little film called The Commitments, which tells the story of a ragtag assortment of Dubliners who form a soul band. A character named Jimmy Rabbitte says, "The Irish are the blacks of Europe." To me, that says a lot. Like African Americans, the Irish have lived The Blues for centuries. And it shows…in their soul-fire poetry, prose, and music. So, you're probably thinking "Van Morrison." But today I want you to think…Continue
Posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments
The popular music of North America is seasoned with the blood and sweat of every race and nationality: Anglos, Africans, Hispanics, Jews…rockers of all ethnic mixes. But what about the native peoples of North America? Many rock fans know that Cher, Rita Coolidge, and Robbie Robertson have native roots. But when was the last time you heard anything about a rock band comprised predominantly of indigenous peoples from the U.S. or Canada?
Well, they're out there! Some…Continue
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments
Thirty-seven years ago today, Dylan's "Desire" was the #1 album in the country. Here's to a great LP, and the woman who gave it that special sound.
Man, I can't tell you how many times my shrink has had to listen to me recount this dream: I'm strutting down the street decked out like Joan Jett on 'roids, minding my own business, as Bugs Bunny would say - carrying a…Continue
Posted on February 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments
The government of Richard Nixon spent many years, blew bushels of money, installed tons of surveillance equipment, and employed dozens of CIA and FBI men in its efforts to deport America-loving peacenik John Lennon, who they considered a major threat to the U.S. due to his left-wing political activism and relationships with anti-war “subversives.” It all started when he and Yoko moved to New York City in 1971. Interestingly, they had no trouble entering the country,…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment