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A blogger’s off-the-rails ride — from pop to punk, from film to funk!

Sights, sounds, words, rhymes, designs, brushstrokes, movement — it’s what feeds my soul. And when I find something truly fab I have an evangelical zeal to share it with the world. Lou Reed once sang, “You know, her life was saved by rock and roll.” Music and other forms of creative expression have always saved me — from conformity, from the haters, from the bondage of self, from the madness and monotony of everyday life. I may not be able to save the world, but I’d sure love to make your journey a little more interesting…by turning you on to new ways of looking at pop culture.

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Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band

It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Americanization.In 1962, she attended a Brooklyn club called The Lollipop Lounge, where, on a dare, she took the stage and sang a song with a group of college kids…See More
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Adam Kukic commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"This was such a great post, Dana. I still chuckle about my fictitious belief behind the label's name. Thanks for educating me :)"
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Rudyjeep commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"Very nice Dana.  I didn't know about Estelle Axton -thanks for this. "
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Kelly Mowrer commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"this is a great read, thank you for posting!"
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Jim Hunter commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"Nice post Dana...love hearing about the history of operations like this...a loving tribute to Lady A and the Stax family...great music..."
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Nelson Lepine commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"Enjoyed the read and your blog!  Quick, informative style!"
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therewolff commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"Great article. Thanks for posting this.  Found the "The Story of Stax Records" to be very informative and  entertaining.  The label's devolution of the later years is really sad. I grew up hearing a lot of this music…"
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Dana Spiardi commented on Mike Seely's blog post 'It's Time to Take It Easy on the Eagles'
"I knew little about their personalities or the clashes within the band. They were just a little too mainstream and polished for me. I prefer more authentic, soulful, organic Americana. Gram spoiled me, I guess. Nothing the Eagles recorded ever spoke…"
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Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band

It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Americanization.

In 1962, she attended a Brooklyn club called The Lollipop Lounge, where, on a dare, she took the stage and sang a song with a…

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Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton

The name Stax Records is synonymous with soul music. But did you know that the legendary label of black artists like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett, and Isaac Hayes was co-founded by a white woman who began her career as a school teacher? In the late 1950s, Estelle Axton began investing in Satellite Records, a small label started by her brother Jim Stewart, a former bank clerk. The early studio, originating in Stewart's Memphis garage, primarily catered to country and…

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Remembering Rory Gallagher: "The People's Guitarist"

“Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe.” That’s a wonderful line from The Commitments, a sweet little film about a ragtag assortment of Dubliners who form a soul band. Just think about it: like African Americans, the Irish have lived The Blues for centuries. And it…

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

Of Tribes and Telecasters: Indigenous Peoples Rock!

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…

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

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At 11:46am on August 9, 2013, Tim M. Otto said…

Dana, Guess what I finally saw after 30+ years or so?..."Ode To Billy Joe" on DVD. Our library just got it. It was really innocent and great too. I only remembered about half of it.

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know as you are the expert on Bobbie Gentry.

See Yuh,

Tim M. Otto

At 3:01am on August 13, 2012, Gary Baker said…

Hi Dana, Great piece on Buck Owens. What a rebel! A friend told me about the Carnegie Hall album several years ago. I couldn't find it at the time and it eventually faded from memory. After reading your article I found it online. I can't wait to hear it. Thanks!

At 12:40pm on July 28, 2012, Tim M. Otto said…

Dana, Loved your story on Bobbie Gentry. I remember the movie well. Did Bobbie do some work with Glen Campbell? I know she put out some duo albums with someone back in the day? It brought back some memories hearing that song again and reading your story. Thanks to you & Bobbie Gentry.

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At 1:36pm on January 17, 2012, Will James said…

Dana, great to see you here! Welcome to ND (you'll get an official welcome from them).

 
 
 

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