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Sink the Bismarck

It was on this date 73 years ago that the German battleship Bismarck, which three days earlier had sunk the British battlecruiser HMS Hood in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, was itself sunk in the Atlantic.
Only three of the Hood’s crew of 1,418 survived, as did a little more than a hundred of the [...]

Czech orchestra heard in pro-Assad propaganda

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi blogged last year about the pro-Hezbollah, pro-Assad Lebanese Christian singer Julia Boutros, whose martial song “Atlek Neranak” is routinely played on Syrian State TV and on pro-regime YouTube videos.
You can hear it in this recruiting video for Women’s Battalion of the Syrian National Defense Forces:

According to “SovereignSyria,” which posted the video:
Syrian National [...]

Texas town pays Ted Nugent not to appear

The City of Longview, Texas, has paid rocker Ted Nugent $16,000 not to perform at a Fourth of July Festival.
A city spokesman said the Motor City Madman was “not the right feel for this kind of community event.”
The city had reached a verbal agreement with Nugent, scheduling the rocker as the headliner who would play [...]

When blacks were charged more than whites to see black musicians

Following up on an email query from me, Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey has written a fascinating piece about the history of musical performances and segregation in the southwest Virginia city.

RIP Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, a powerful musical and cultural force for much of the 20th century, has died at the age of 94.
Although Seeger was horribly wrongheaded for far too long when it came to the Soviet Union and the crimes of Communism (he was at one time a party member), he was a principled supporter of [...]

Harry’s Place: the song (reprise)

If you’re dying to hear Bruce Springsteen’s musical tribute to our blog, and couldn’t access my previous link due to being somewhere other than the USA, here it is on YouTube:

Harry’s Place: the song

You can listen to Bruce Springsteen’s tribute to this blog from his new album “High Hopes” here.
Lyrics are here.
I think he captures the aura of low-life seediness and menace that surrounds HP– as did this scene from “The Third Man”:

(Hat tip for the movie clip: Will Rubbish)

Christmas Greetings

I was playing this song with a band just past midnight on Sunday. It was a Joe Strummer tribute night, and a lot of the audience were old and young punks. When they heard the first bars, they put their arms around each other, swayed and sung every word. We in the band got [...]

Hamba kakuhle Madiba.

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]

It was with great sadness we learned yesterday of the death of Nelson Mandela, Tata Madiba, the father of our Country, South Africa.
The medium through which some of the most heartfelt and profound tributes to Madiba were expressed is of course music. Even at a time when newspapers, books, [...]

Pins and Needles

On this date in 1937 the pro-labor musical revue “Pins and Needles,” featuring working members of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, opened in New York.

The union sponsored an inexpensive revue with ILGWU workers as the cast and two pianos. Because of their factory jobs, participants could rehearse only at night and on weekends, and [...]