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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 [...]

The Boss pays tribute

And it’s about damn time, even if he thinks we’re gangsters. (Check out the title of the second track on his new album.)

Art as Humanity: Islamism and Music

This is a cross-post by Sam Westrop
In late August, the Al Maghrib Institute, an extreme Wahhabi group, is hosting a seminar on “entertainment and recreation in Islam.” The seminar will include a discussion on “how to advise someone to stop listening to music.”
The Al Maghrib Institute is based in Texas but also has branches in [...]

Roger Waters responds

Rogers Waters has posted on Facebook a response to Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who accused Waters of being an “open hater of Jews” for featuring a giant pig balloon with a Star of David on the side at a recent performance in Belgium.
Waters, of course, is indignant. He writes:
I should point [...]