Greetings and hope everyone is well. All is okay with us as the homeland quest is taking us between the visa restrictions of Australia and New Zealand. This time around, I had a challenging moment which Terence McKenna videos to list. As with most multiple choice tests, I indulged in "all of the above" when reviewing, so hope you enjoy. No solution yet as to why most of my mailings are going to the bulk and spam sections. This week I will be attempting my first links as a blog mailing. I look forward to the feedback on it.
As we do every now and then, a humble request for any donations would be very appreciated for the research time and cost. Even small amounts would be nice. In any case, the links will go on as awareness is necessary more than ever. Even if its just scrolling through the information. If you do chose to contribute, you can either send a credit card payment through PayPal to the account of firstname.lastname@example.org or send an envelope with a check to the address below.
George and the family
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Missoula, MT 59807
LIFESTYLE/ CULTURE/ ARTS/ ETC:
Rainbow Around the World Global Meditation Link Up June 21 / 22
"Gathering of the Peacemakers" Boone NC August 4-10
June 18th - 22nd, 2008: Missouri-8th Annual Community Peace Festival
Eurogathering Serbia August 2008
"We, the World Rainbow Family on the land in China, call for the next
World Rainbow Gathering to be in New Zealand, from the New Moon in
December, 2009, to the New Moon in January, 2010.
AHO!"For more details, join
Psyche and Cosmos in the 21st Century - Archetypes, Synchronicity, and Astrology June 16-17 Switzerland w/Grof and Tamas
"Convergence 2008. Peru. July 10-18: "Ayahuasca Shamanism Seminar Retreat & Visionary Gathering" w/ Martina Hoffmann,Robert Venosa,Pablo Amaringo,Dennis McKenna and others (check out the beautiful painting in the web link)
Wonderful Wetlands Green Corps ProjectOctober '07 - April '08 Australia
Marine Life and Culture Tour Chile 2008
"Youth for a Future without War" July 21-30
14th International Summer University amera Portugal
Portugal Aug 2 to 9
Guitarist Bo Diddley dead at 79
"Barbara Marx Hubbard: Conscious Evolution"
"Nature and Imagination: Excerpts from an Erik Davis talk at Burning Man 2007, Palenque Norte, Black Rock City , on Psychedelics, Deep Ecology, and Death"youtubes
"Ram Dass' Daily Wisdom"
Future Primitive interview with Bradford Kinney
'Nonviolent Action as Spiritual Practice"
By Daniel Pinchbeck
This Moon's Natural Time Update can be found at:
'People Who Hunger and Thirst for Truth: Views from the Real World: Early Talks of Gurdjieff''
"The Peace Symbol"
"Barbury Castle Pi Formation"
Our friend Sivadas in Dharamsala has a new site for his yoga and massage classes
Interesting movies on shamanism, etc.
"Magic Mushrooms and Atlantis"
"“Psychedelic Families” Allyson & Alex Grey" on Matrix Masters
Here's a link to Tim Leary's "Turn on, Tune in, Drop out album"
Terence, Weil, etc on marijuana youtube
Terence on DMT and Alien Dreamtime (nice visuals) youtube
Terence McKenna on DMT youtube
Terence McKenna - On Boundary Dissolution youtube
Terence Mckenna: Reclaim Your Mind
Terence The Mushroom Speaks youtube
Magic mushroom the forbidden fruit youtube
Terence McKenna: the Psychedelic Internet youtube
Terence McKenna: Sex Magic and DMT
"The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization"
My friend Rev.Tom Brown: First Church of the Magi
"Dana Beal:A Yippie Veteran Is in Jail Far From the East Village
''Polish PM smoked pot '…and, yes, I did inhale''
Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church
"Low-dose psilocybin brings relief to cluster-headache suffers"
"Psilocybin Treatment for Cancer Anxiety -- volunteers needed"
"Brazil Appeals Court Rules Drug Possession Not a Crime"
"Marijuana's Brighter Future"
UK: "Now Experts Say Cannabis Should Be Legal"
"CA: Marijuana Hotbed Retreats on Medicinal Use"
"How Pot Became Demonized: the Fine Line Between Good Medicine and 'Dangerous Drugs';
"Former Surgeon General: Mainstream Medicine Has Endorsed Medical Marijuana"
"Sentencing: US Jail and Prison Population At All-Time High Again Last Year"
'Summer's Here and the Time is Right for ... Getting Busted Going to the Festival (If You're Not Careful)"
The Farmacy" medicinal marijuana news
"Baby boomer rock and roll 60's website"
'Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation"
'A hodgepodge of hash, yoga and LSD': Ravi Shankar on Monterey and the hippies
"Alton Kelley, 67; artist created psychedelic posters for rock groups"
"At home on Pablo Escobar's ranch"
"Cheech and Chong are back together"
Tommy Chong is a hero and an inspiration. Check out his site and support the distribution of his documentary AKA "Tommy Chong"
Bob Dylan on Tour
'Music Review: The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request Music Review: The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request"
Grateful Dead: Road Trips Vol. 1 Number 3
1200 Micrograms - Live In Brazil
Native American video w/electronic trance mix
"School of sound and voice"
"Beautiful portals of art visions"
Our friend and one of the world's greatest artists discussing the inpiration in creating visionary art
Robert Venosa discussing art "Leap of Faith" youtube
"Jordan archaeologists unearth 'world's first church''
"The Otherworld as the Unknown"
"Mind Parasites, Energy Parasites and Vampires"
"Sugar Blues: Alcoholism, Diabetes and Hypoglycemia"
'Monks Succeed in Cyclone Relief as Generals Falter'
Alkalized ion water
"Pedal Powered Four Wheel Drive SUV Invented in Germany"
"A Year in the Woods Eating Wild Food"
Bountiful Backyards: Edible, Urban Landscaping"
"Brazil, India's Citizens Are Greenest, Survey Finds"
"Republicans quash energy bills in Senate"
Green Earth Foundation
"Obama, now Dem nominee, calls for clean energy future;"
"Planet Earth Internet TV"
"Saved by the Atom" (why nuclear energy is not a responsible option)
Energy balancing & EMF protection
cell phone towers
how to make your own orgone device youtube
What happens when 3 cell phones meet on the kitchen table"
Tassie Foster Feral Program-supporting direct activism to stop the devastation to the forests of Tasmania
''Over 8000 boycott letters sent to Dunkin Donuts! Take action now!"
''Pharmaceutical Monsters Take Over Veterinary MedicineDogs and cats drugged with chemicals for profit"
"White House admits humans causing climate change"
"Paradise lost: climate change forces South Sea islanders to seek sanctuary abroad"
"Apocalypse in the Ocean"
"Ocean acidification could make islands more vulnerable to storms"
"CDC mates H5N1 avian flu, H3N2 human flu viruses to see how pandemic is triggered"
"The Dream Machine"
Stan Romanek and ET contact:
Larry King Discusses the ''Peeping Tom' Alien Video"
Matthew Delooze's interesting website: "Breaking the Serpent's Tail"
'The Matrix' Creators Meet Speed Racer"
"Pink - Dear Mr. President (with eng. subtitles)"
"The Paradox Of Our Tme"
By Dr. Bob Moorehead
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.
My friend Neil Pike has been a part of the making of two excellent videos which I encourage you to check out. Two different situations in different parts of the world and circumstances.. Yet a very similar issue. The rights of a community for self determination in defining its own identity within the scope of a larger governing institution that often acts as an invading entity in the name of "higher good".
We're Just Doing Our Job
Hippies, cops & cannabis in Nimbin, Australia and the bad side-effects of the current pot laws. Is the war on drugs just another bad marketing exercise by the US government or an excuse for decades worth of lifestyle harrassment? Find out what happens when they give video cameras to hippys. Video activism at its most gonzo!
Appiko- to embrace
In the tradition of Gandhi and the Chipko movement, they used direct action to save the forests of the Western Ghats. The story of a non-violent grass-roots movement that arose in the vilages of Southern India. An inspirational half-hour documentary about environmental activism and tree-hugging featuring Sunderlal Bahuguna, Pandurang Hegde and Vandana Shiva.
"The Roots of 'Necklacing': Why White Farmers in Zimbabwe Are Responsible for the Killings in South Africa"
''Fuel price protests spread across Europe''
'President Hugo Chavez Warns of US Plan to Divide Venezuela"
"Washington Planning to "Checkmate" Chavez"
"Peruvians to Protest US Military Presence"
Maya Schenwar | Plan Mexico
"Australia Bolts Iraq Over Bush's Lies"
"Rudd promises 260 childcare centres"
Australia: New South Wales: "Top investigator to face court over $120m drug plot"
"Australia battles drought, bushfires but ignores permaculture "
Burma's Junta Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters
Ethiopia to boost defence budget by 50 mln dlrs
The Rising of Latin America
''The Genesis of 'The War On Democracy''
By John Pilger
They moved through the dust of a snow-capped wilderness, along roads that were ribbons of red mud, and they lived in shanties that defied gravity. "We are
invisible," said one man; another used the term abandonados; an indigenous woman in Bolivia unforgettably described her poverty as a commodity for the rich.
Backbone update of political activism events:
The new edition of "Issues & Alibis!"
Anti-Empire Report, June 6, 2008
Dan Rather Slams Corporate News at Conference
"WPost's Enduring Bush Cover-up"
"World Can't Wait-Drive put the Bush regime-35 Indictments of Bush"
US Congressman Moves to Impeach Bush
"111 Nations, But Not US, Adopt Cluster Bomb Treaty"
"US Air Force purge: Growing tensions within a militarized state"
"Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal."
"Bush Replays Iraq Games on Iran"
"Shocking Bush 'Pep Talk' to His War Cabinet on Iraq: 'We Are Going to Wipe Them out!'
"Kill Them! We Are Going to Wipe Them Out!
By Tom Engelhardt
According to Sanchez, Powell was talking tough that day: "We've got to smash somebody's ass quickly," the general reports him saying. "There has to be a total victory somewhere. We must have a brute demonstration of power."
What It Really Means When America Goes to War"
By Chris Hedges
American Marines and soldiers have become socialized to atrocity.................. The killing project is not described in these terms to a distant public.. The politicians still speak in the abstract terms of glory, honor, and heroism, in the necessity of improving the world, in lofty phrases of political and spiritual renewal. Those who kill large numbers of people always claim it as a virtue.
''Iran invasion critic Gen. Odom dies of 'apparent heart attack''
''New agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq"
"Blackwater buys Brazilian-made fighter plane"
"Bush Threatens the Lives of Our GIs, While Continuing to Fund Blackwater and Other Mercenary Corporations"
"Guantanamo Interrogators Told to Trash Notes"
Maya Schenwar | Interview With Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
"Students Protesting Pesticide Use Tasered"
"60 Minutes: Pentagon's Raygun Demonstrated on Mock Protesters"
"Raytheon's Pain Ray:
"America's Democratic Collapse"
"The Republic on a Knife's Edge"
"RFK's Death & the Hope of the Young"
"My Questions For Obama"
The brightest and best of the presidential hopefuls seeks to extend a cruel,
immoral Cuba blockade
By Fidel Castro
''The Greatest Purveyor of Violence On the Planet."
Statement by Cynthia McKinney, Power to the People Candidate for U.S.
President, on the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's
Presidential Candidate in 2008 - statement issued June 9, 2008
"Barack O'Bilderberg: Picking the President"
''Obama's Right Turn?"
In many respects, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has played right into the hands of cynics who have long doubted his promises to create a new and more progressive role for the United States in the world.
Franken wins endorsement for Senate in Minnesota
McCain: "Bringing Troops Home Not Important"
"McMafia: Organized Crime Has Changed"
"The Lobbyist McCain Won't Fire"
McCain:" I'd Spy on Americans Secretly, Too"
"The Panopticon: A Mass Surveillance Prison For Humanity"
"American Prison Camps Are on the Way"
By Marjorie Cohn
Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, is constructing a huge
facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of Bush's
"unlawful enemy combatants." Americans are certain to be among them.
"Organs For Sale From Executed Prisoners"
Matt Renner | Internet Attacked as Tool of Terror
"The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11"
"VIDEO; Severe Visibility. The 911 Attacks were "a Hoax"
''US rushes military show trial for alleged 9/11 conspirators''
"US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships"
Halliburton's "Happy Camps" detention centers
"The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics"
"The US will face criticism at the summit for 'burning food' as biofuels:"
''World Food Crisis summit in Rome"
"The Director of the UN Human Development report warns in the Guardian that the Rome summit could just put a band-aid on this crisis":
"US STOCKS-Dow ends off 394 points on jobless rate, oil"
"Life After the Oil Crash"
"U.S. Economy: The Worst is Yet to Come"
By Mark Weisbrot
We are facing the prospect of millions losing their homes, their jobs, their retirement savings, their health insurance, and their livelihoods.
"The Financial Tsunami has not reached its Climax
Credit Default Swaps: Next Phase of an Unravelling Crisis"
"Economic depression in America: Evidence of a withering economy is everywhere"
"Job Losses and Oil Price Surge Blast Economy"
"American Occupation at the Pump: Is $250 a Barrel Oil on Its Way?"
"Price Of Oil Will Double"
By Danny Fortson, Business Correspondent
The chief executive of the world's largest energy company has issued the most dire warning yet about the soaring the price of oil, predicting that it will hit $250 per barrel "in the foreseeable future".
After 19,000 take buyouts, GM to announce further US job cuts
''U.S. commercial bankruptcies rise to record"
"US banks likely to fail as bad loans soar"
"House prices: Through the floor America's house prices are falling even faster than during the Great
By Eric J. Weiner
Investment funds run by foreign governments are keeping the U.S. afloat.
"Cruel: Executing the Handicapped"
''Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush''
"Laura Ingraham: Right-Wing Radio's High Priestess of Hate"
"Worse Than Fascists: Christian Political Group 'The Family' Openly Reveres Hitler"
''The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (Hardcover)''
"Is Iowa Another Katrina?"
We're not a democracy. It's a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we're a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy." : Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
"Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy" : John Pierpont Morgan
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." : Thomas Jefferson
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." : Abraham Lincoln
"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson." : Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power." : Benito Mussolini
"The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly...it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.": Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister
"The process [of mass-media deception] has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt.... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies - all this is indispensably necessary.": George Orwell in the book 1984
"Like the effect of advertising upon the customer, the methods of political propaganda tend to increase the feeling of insignificance of the individual voter": Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and social philosopher, 1900-1980
"Half a truth is often a great lie": Benjamin Franklin
"Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear": Albert Camus
"It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable": Eric Hoffer
"You see what power is -- holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them!": Amy Tan
"Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice": John Adams
"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honor. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse": Mark Twain.
"In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell." Justice Black. NYT v. US. 403 US 713
"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life." Adolph Hitler, My New World Order, Proclamation to the German Nation at Berlin, February 1, 1933
"I'm often amazed at the way politicians, who spend hours poring over opinion poll results in a desperate attempt to discover what the public thinks, are certain they know precisely what God's views are on everything.": Simon Hoggart
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?": Kahlil Gibran
"Conquered states that have been accustomed to liberty and the government of their own laws can be held by the conqueror in three different ways. The first is to ruin them; the second, for the conqueror to go and reside there in person; and the third is to allow them to continue to live under their own laws, subject to a regular tribute, and to create in them a government of a few, who will keep the country friendly to the conqueror": Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it": Mohandas Gandhi
"In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal............ There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave": John James Ingalls
"They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people": Eugene Debs
"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous": Carl Sagan
“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.“
Leonardo da Vinci
“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other ... “
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
“While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?“
George Bernard Shaw
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.“
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”
“We all love animals. Why do we call some "pets" and others "dinner?"
For the entity, as each soul, is a portion of the whole.................... Thus, though a
may be as but a speck upon the earth's environs, and the earth in turn
less than a mote in the universe, if the spirit of man is so attuned to
Infinite, the music of harmony becomes as the divine love that makes
awareness in the experience of the Creative Forces working with self
knowledge of the associations with same.
Edgar Cayce Reading 1469-1
Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one.John Fogerty
I'd rather be living a free man in my grave Than as a puppet or a slave. Jimmy Cliff
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.Blaise Pascal
Well I try my best to be just like I am But everybody wants you to be just like them. Bob Dylan
No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up. Lily Tomlin
It is necessary, with bold spirit and
in good conscience, to save civilization.
The bare and barren tree can be made green again. Are we not ready? Antonio Gramsci
First of all two people get together an' they want their doors enlarged.
"Ain't gonna wash, ain't gonna shave, ain't gonna work like no goddam slave" David Lindley (heard by my friend Rick on a bootleg recording of him in concert)
Can we actually “know” the universe? My God, it’s hard enough finding your way around in Chinatown. — Woody Allen
"Love is not an emotion, it's your very Beeing"
H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
PUNMASTER MUSIC NEWS:
Plenty of music at Diddley's funeral
GAINESVILLE, Florida (AP) -- Bo Diddley's funeral Saturday rocked and rolled with as much energy as his music.
For four hours, friends and relatives sang, danced and celebrated the life of the man who helped give birth to rock 'n' roll with a signature beat that influenced Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and many others.
As family members passed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's casket, a gospel band played his namesake song. Within moments, the crowd of several hundred began clapping in time and shouting, "Hey, Bo Diddley!"
Diddley died of heart failure Monday at his home in nearby Archer.
"In 1955, he used to keep the crowds rocking and rolling way before Elvis Presley," Diddley's grandson, Garry Mitchell, said before kicking his legs sideways, high up in the air the way Diddley did onstage. Mourners cheered.
"I'm just telling it the way it is," Mitchell said.
Diddley, who was born Ellas Bates and became Ellas McDaniel when he took the last name of a cousin who raised him, was remembered for much more than his songs. Friends recounted his generosity, manifested in concerts for the homeless and work with youth groups and other charities, and the way he loved to talk to just about anybody he met. iReport.com: Share your Diddley memories
Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan referred to one of his most famous hits as she told the crowd, "When the question is asked, 'Who do you love?' it's you, Bo."
Eric Burdon, leader of the rock group the Animals, attended the service, and flowers were sent from musicians including Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Petty, George Thorogood and others.
Burdon, also a member of the Rock Hall, called Diddley a big influence.
"I've been a fan of his since 16, 17 years of age. Probably one of the first records I ever owned," Burdon said, recalling that his attention was immediately grabbed when he saw an album cover with Diddley sitting on a scooter with a square guitar.
Burdon said he saw Diddley play last year at a concert in Australia, and even though he could tell his health wasn't great, Diddley put tremendous energy into the show.
He was known for his stage moves, which some presume influenced Presley.
"He's always been jumping around and very aggressive; if he was onstage with the Stones, he was obviously putting Keith Richards in his place," Burdon said. In describing the "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm Diddley made famous, Burdon said, "I call it bone music, because it goes to your bone."
But stories of another side of Diddley were told repeatedly at the funeral. A man who loved God and his family, who would always stop to talk in the grocery store and was always smiling.
His brother, the Rev. Kenneth Haynes of Biloxi, Miss., said Diddley always asked how he could help and what he could give.
"There was one thing he wouldn't give me. That's his hat," Haynes said, referring to the black hat the musician was also known for.
But Haynes said his brother grew weary of life on the road.
" 'But this is what God gave me to feed my family,' " Haynes recalled Diddley saying. " 'I have to keep doing it until God says it's enough.' "
Diddley was born in McComb, Mississippi. He moved to rural Archer in the early 1980s and had a recording studio on his 76 acres. Mitchell joked that Diddley got up so early, he would tap the roosters on the shoulder to wake them up. And he always sang at breakfast.
Diddley's friend Roosevelt Hutchinson described how the musician would wrap meat in several layers of foil, bury it and light a fire on top to cook it. Once the fire was lit, he would grab his guitar.
"He just enjoyed playing that thing under those trees," Hutchinson said.
But he enjoyed his family even more, friends said. He had four children, 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
"Please know this, because I know Diddley," the guitarist's business manager, Faith Fusillo, told his family. "As much as you loved him, he loved you more."
Thanks to EP...
I walked 47 miles of barbed wire, I use a cobra snake for a necktie
I got a brand new house on the roadside, made from rattlesnake hide
I got a brand new chimney made on top, made out of a human skull
Now come on, take a little walk with me, Arlene and tell me:
who do you love?
who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
I've got a tombstone hand and a graveyard mind, I'm just twenty-two and I don't mind dyin'
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
I rode around the town'n use a rattlesnake whip, take it easy Arlene don't give me no lip
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
The night was dark and the sky was blue, down the alley a house wagon flew
Hit a bump and somebody screamed, you should'a heard just what I seen
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Arlene took me by my hand, she said, "Ooo-eee Bo, I understand"
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Rest in peace, Bo Diddley!
You will not be forgotten
'60s Psychedelia Artist Alton Kelley Passes Away
Alton Kelly 1940 - 2008
[Petaluma, CA - Sunday, June 1, 2008]
Legendary artist Alton Kelley created a graphic style that rocked the world beginning in the psychedelic Sixties. His concert posters, logo designs, LP album covers, and fine art have forevermore defined that time. Kelley, born June 17, 1940, passed away peacefully at home June 1st of complications from a long illness.
He is survived by the true love of his life, Marguerite Trousdale Kelley. He also leaves his mother Annie, sister Kathy, and beloved children Patty, Yossarian, and China, and beautiful grandchildren Life and Lacoda.
Through his mind-expanding creativity and over several decades, Kelley gave rock music new colors, shapes, and themes expressing the optimism and enthusiasm of young people around the globe. His graphics defined youth culture as much as the music itself-in effect his art was a break-through collaboration with musicians and bands such as the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. As Joel Selvin, rock critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, put it, "Kelley and Mouse drew the first face on rock music."
Kelley and his life-long collaborator Stanley Mouse are best known for their posters for "San Francisco style" dance-concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium, Winterland arena, the Fillmore West, the Avalon Ballroom, and a host of other Bay Area theaters and amphitheaters. They also created world-renowned posters and album covers for the Grateful Dead, Journey, Steve Miller, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and others.
The two artists historically worked as a team, in their words "riffing off each other's giggle." They joyfully appropriated from historic sources, in one instance re-working an obscure nineteenth-century etching to create their iconic Grateful Dead "skeleton and roses" design. They combined vibrant Sixties color with French poster-making joi de vivre enthusiasm, and their own adapted technique, to generate compelling pieces often issued on a weekly basis, ultimately dazzling millions worldwide. Thus, they changed advertising art forever, as their posters were key examples of what became one of the most important art movements of the latter part of the twentieth century.
When Kelley (a native of Maine) met Mouse (a native of Detroit, MI) in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in late 1965 (the "Haight" was the epicenter of the hippie movement, culminating in the "Summer of Love" in 1967), they instantly recognized they were kindred spirits in what Mouse describes as "one of the juiciest scenes of all time." Their concert posters, commissioned by Fillmore promoter Bill Graham and Graham's rival, the Avalon's Family Dog collective, were eagerly snapped up by bands and fans alike.
In the decades since, Mouse and Kelley's classics have established even greater popularity, rivaling the interest long shown by collectors of French turn-of-the-century Belle Epoque art made famous by Toulouse-Lautrec and others.
"There is one word for Alton Kelley's lifelong contribution, and that is 'iconic.'" said Dell Furano, CEO of Signatures Network. "Kelley's artwork, designs, posters, album covers, tour logos set a standard of inspired creativity that has remained as influential as the great San Francisco Rock Scene of the 60's, '70's and '80's."
In his later years, Kelley joyfully turned to illustrating hot rods and custom cars, as fine art paintings, and for t-shirts and other merchandise.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at the Washington Mutual Western Street branch in Petaluma, CA for a memorial bench in a Sonoma County Park. A memorial event will be announced shortly.
Manzarek Eyes Doors Documentary, Other Projects
Greg Prato, N.Y.
Marking the 41st anniversary of the release of the Doors' classic self-titled album are several band-related projects already in shops and on the horizon. Tops on the list is an as-yet-untitled documentary that will chronicle the group's entire career.
"We have plans for a big Doors documentary film in the works," Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek tells Billboard.com. "I saw the first cut of it yesterday, and it's looking real good. But that won't be out 'til another six months."
Although Manzarek is keeping a tight lip at the moment on specifics about the documentary, he did confirm that it would feature a large amount of rare footage. "Absolutely -- that's the whole point of it. Never before seen! This is the anti-Oliver Stone [referring to Stone's 1991 film, 'The Doors']. This will be the true story of the Doors."
Already out is a "Classic Albums" DVD from Eagle Rock that focuses on the Doors' aforementioned 1967 debut. "Everybody's there -- Densmore, Manzarek, Krieger, Bill Siddons, Bruce Botnick. It's very insightful," Manzarek says. Also interviewed for the DVD are longtime Doors fans Henry Rollins and Perry Farrell.
Another just-issued Doors release is the 16-track live CD, "Live in Pittsburgh 1970," via Rhino. Recorded on May 7, 1970, the album captures the group during its final U.S. tour with late singer Jim Morrison.
Manzarek is getting ready to hit the road for a European tour in July as part of Riders On The Storm, a group that also features ex-Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger (and former Fuel singer Brett Scallions).
The keyboardist also recently issued a collaborative CD with guitarist Roy Rogers, "Ballads Before the Rain," via Friday Music. "It's all-instrumental -- me playing the piano, and Roy playing some absolutely beautiful guitar. It's lovemaking music. It's 'a glass of white wine as the sun is setting' kind of music."
And lastly, Manzarek is working on several movie scripts. "I've got four scripts. So what, who doesn't have four scripts," he says with a laugh. "I've got a film script based on 'L.A. Woman,' and another one in which three UCLA film school guys go to the desert to take peyote with the Native Americans at the Native American Church."
"And they run into the people from the Native American Church -- the peyote church," he continues. "And all the sh*t that happens to them, you can imagine. Out in the desert, rednecks, psychic visions and reincarnation visions. Raymond White Eagle Daniels is the old wise man running the peyote ceremony....... And that will of course never be made into a film, because it's about peyote [laughs]. It's a journey into manhood."
Wolfgang's Vault Opens For Downloading
By Ray Waddell, Nashville
Through a new arrangement between Wolfgang's Vault and Universal Music Group, vintage concert recordings from such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix will soon join the nearly 500 recordings already available for download purchase at the popular live music and memorabilia site.
The recordings include live performances by UMG artists culled from thousands of Bill Graham-promoted concerts, along with gems from other catalogs and archives dating back decades.
"This is a far-reaching agreement to make available what I would consider previously unreleased live performance recordings of Universal Music Group artists from the mid-'60s on through today," Wolfgang's Vault founder Bill Sagan tells Billboard.biz. "It covers hundreds of UMG performers and thousands of live performance concerts."
Sagan launched the Web site in 2003 after acquiring the late promoter Graham's cache of memorablila and concert recordings for $5 million. The downloadable content deal is for 10 years, with a streaming deal stretching "into perpetuity," Sagan says.
If the concert is longer than 30 minutes, a full download is priced at $9.98, with concerts of less than 30 minutes at $5.98. Some one- or two-song performances cost $3.98. The site will continue to offer free streaming.
"Of the 1,434 concerts that are up on the site, 488 can be downloaded right now," says Sagan. "And some very major artists will be downloading within the next 30 to 60 days."
Eventually the product will be offered as CDs and vinyl under Universal's direction. "There will be physical product," Sagan says.
A quick run through the site also shows vintage performances for sale by artists including the Alarm, Fleetwood Mac, the Kinks, Billy Joel, Iggy Pop, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople, Poco, Steve Miller, the Tubes, Uriah Heep, Warren Zevon and many others.
Thanks to Larry Harris
Neil Young feels driven to work on electric car
Neil Young, the rocker who provided some of the soundtrack to Vietnam-era protests, is trying to change the world again — with his car.
Young has teamed up with Johnathan Goodwin, a Wichita mechanic who has developed a national reputation for re-engineering the power units of big cars to get more horsepower but use less fuel.
The two are looking to convert Young's 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible to operate on an electric battery. Ultimately, they said, they want the Continental to provide a model for the world's first affordable mass-produced electric-powered automobile.
"Johnathan and this car are going to make history," Young told The Wichita Eagle. "We're going to change the world; we're going to create a car that will allow us to stop giving our wealth to other countries for petroleum."
Young has poured about $120,000 so far into the project, Goodwin said.
What's more, the prototype power system worked during a 12-mile test drive of the car last week — albeit with a few glitches.
"She was awesome," Young said of the battery-operated car. "Her acceleration was incredible, she moved with hardly a sound; it was so quiet we could hear the wind through the tags of other cars."
The drive almost ended in disaster when Goodwin, who controls acceleration with a knob in the back seat, twisted it the wrong way while approaching an entrance ramp and the vehicle lurched toward the rear of another car. Young, in the passenger seat, was able to hit the brakes in time.
"Still needs work," said Goodwin, 37.
Young, 62, said he came across taped interviews of Goodwin eight months ago on the Internet, including a segment for the MTV show "Pimp My Ride." Goodwin's clientele includes California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had Goodwin work on his Hummer.
Young said he set out wanting his car to be able to use biodiesel, but later asked Goodwin whether they could instead power it with batteries and use it as a template to make electric cars more mainstream.
"The technology to make a practical and affordable electric car has been around for a long time," Goodwin said. "There are all sorts of ways of doing it and all sorts of ways to work out how to make it work on a national scale."
For Young, the project may finally complete a mission he set for himself with his music.
"You know, I thought long ago you could change the world by writing songs," he said. "But you can't change the world by writing songs. Oh, you can inspire a few people, get some of them to change their thinking about something. But you can't change the world by writing songs.
"But we could change it with this car."
LIVE IN GERMANY-THE GREEN LEAVES AND BLUE NOTES TOUR 2007
AVAILABLE NOW ON EVERGREEN ARTS
As the Rolling Stones “A Bigger Bang” tour came to an end in 2007, Chuck Leavell, long time keyboardist and musical director for the band, stayed on in Europe to do a tour of his own called the “Green Leaves and Blue Notes” tour. As Leavell is a world renown conservationist, the idea was not only to do a musical tour, but also to help raise awareness in Germany, Austria and throughout Europe about the environmental challenges we all face. It was a highly successful run, and created a quite a stir both musically and environmentally.
Leavell recruited some top notch jazz musicians from Germany for the tour. Fortunately, this particular show for Germany’s largest radio station, HR1, was recorded with state-of-the-art technology…and the result is a stellar double disc package that offers a wonderful variety of music played with heartfelt soul. Pulling from several phases of Leavell’s career, the songs range from his own recent compositions to tunes he’s played with during his tenures with The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Stones, his own band Sea Level and more.
!David Gilmour To Perform Atom Heart Mother Suite
by Paul Cashmere
David Gilmour has accepted an invitation to perform the Atom Heart Mother Suite in London later this month.
Ron Geesin, who composed the original piece with Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright, will stage the performance with a 10-piece brass ensemble from the Royal College of Music, a 40-piece choir and Italian band Mun Floyd, at Cadogan Hall in London on June 14 and 15.
Pink Floyd released 'Atom Heart Mother' in 1970. The album was engineered by Alan Parsons and reached number one on the UK chart.
The cover of the album was a cover in a paddock with no text.
The 'Atom Heart Mother Suite' took up side one of the album.
While Gilmour is happy to perform the piece, Roger Waters called it a "pompous" in a 1984 interview. It said it should be "thrown into the dustbin and never listened to by anyone ever again!"
In a 1994 interview, even Gilmour bagged the album, calling it "pretty horrible". He said in 2001 that it "was a good thing to have attempted, but I don't really think the attempt comes off that well".
Floyd's Nick Mason said, "it's an averagely recorded album but a very interesting idea".
A few years after Floyd released 'Atom Heart Mother', they released 'Dark Side Of The Moon'.
Rolling Stones Shine A Light Heads To DVD
The Rolling Stones 'Shine A Light' movie will be out on DVD on July 29.
The DVD release will feature bonus videos of 'Undercover of the Night', 'Paint It Black', 'Little T&A' and 'I'm Free'.
The movie was directed by Martin Scorcese, best known for the films 'Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull' and 'Goodfellas' and the music documentaries 'No Direction Home', 'The Blues' and 'The Last Waltz'.
'Shine A Light' was filmed at the Beacon Theatre in New York to mark Bill Clinton's 60th birthday.
It features special guest appearances from Jack White, Christina Aguilera and Buddy Guy.
The Stones have had a long history of bringing their stage shows to the big screen, including 'Gimme Shelter' in 1970 and 'Lets Spend The Night Together' in 1982.
LED ZEP GUYS JOIN FOOS AT U-K CONCERT, REUNION RUMORS RESURFACE
A Led Zeppelin reunion may be in the works following a surprise appearance by Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at a Foo Fighters concert in London over the weekend. According to U-K’s Telegraph newspaper, in an interview following the concert, Jimmy Page said that Led Zeppelin is ready for to get back together and “perform more live events.” Page added that fans would have to wait ‘til fall of next year for the reunion, as many band members have solo-project commitments up until then. The Foos and the Zeppeliners performed two of Zep’s best-known hits – “Ramble On” and “Rock and Roll” – before a Wembley Arena audience of 86-thousand fans.. Following the performance, Grohl said from the Wembley stage: “Welcome to the greatest day of my whole entire life.”
GRATEFUL DEAD ROAD TRIP CHEAPER THAN YOURS
If the astronomical gas prices have put the kibosh on your summer road-trip plans, the folks at Grateful Dead Web site Dead.net might have the next best thing for you...... The site is streaming selections from the latest release in the Dead’s Road Trips Vol. 1 series. This one features “previously uncirculated” (i.e., unbootleged) tapes from the band’s summer 1971 tour. The two concerts featured on this release include the July 31st show at Yale Bowl in Connecticut and Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. Limite
WHAT DOES GENESIS’ FUTURE HOLD?
Now that their reunion tour is over, Genesis spoke to Rolling Stone about what their future holds. Could there be a reunion tour with Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett? Keyboardist Tony Banks gave it a 23.5 percent chance while guitarist Mike Rutherford said “never say never.” Phil Collins chimed in to say, “Considering it was four years ago since we had the conversation and we thought his album wasn't far away, and we're sitting here and it still hasn't come out and he hasn't done the tour I think you're talking about ten years being the minimum, just in real terms. I don't think we're going to be doing that in ten years time.” What about Phil? Does he plan on releasing a new solo disc? He responded, “Not in the foreseeable future, no. I just got sidetracked with model railroads for the boys — or me, really. I'm building a model railroad in my basement. That seems to be an obsession. There really isn't any room for music at the moment.” Phil added, “I'm sure when the railroad gets close to being finished and I go into my little studio, if something happens I'll keep going with it. I have one or two things finished and one or two things that are half baked, but nothing that's even close to being called an album yet.” Phil also addresses possibly working with urban artists like Akon and Pharrell Williams. As for more Genesis music, Rutherford again refers to adage “never say never” but went on to say, “We discussed the idea and we do enjoy the writing process. It’s quite exciting the way Genesis writes, going in without music and just jamming. An album is a road you get on and you can’t stop it. Who knows?” Read more at RollingStone.com.
IAN ANDERSON LIKES WHAT HE SEES
This week Jethro Tull released their latest live DVD. It’s called Jack in the Green: Live in Germany and is a compilation of in-concert rarities from 1970 to 1993. While Ian Anderson has been too busy to check out the final version, the singer has seen some rough cuts of the DVD as well as the packaging, both of which he is very fond of.
(Actuality #2) “It’s actually pretty good, I’ve seen that in its original state of rough sort of edit, but I’m sitting looking at a cardboard box that contains some shiny copies of it so I should get around to watching the finished thing as soon as I have a few minutes off, so yeah sounds good, looks good.”
Anderson is busy touring with Jethro Tull as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. They play in Derbyshire, England on Sunday.
HARRISON’S GARDEN (NO OCTOPI)
During London’s Chelsea Flower Show, George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, opened a special memorial garden in honor of the late Beatle. Ringo Starr stood by as Olivia welcomed people to the Life to Live garden, which is divided into three parts, each signifying part of Harrison’s life. According to E! Online, Harrison noted, “I really cannot think of a more joyful thing to do for George, and I know he would approve.” George had a green thumb and even dedicated his autobiography, I Me Mine, “to all gardeners everywhere.” He died of cancer in 2001.
Paul's son Gabe is collecting any and all recordings of his dad. Please
contact Gabe if you'd like to send him some Paul Butterfield music.
He's doing many good things in organizing a Paul Butterfield Foundation.
Salli & Gabriel Butterfield
PO Box 577
Very sad news from
U. Utah Phillips has passed away in his sleep at 11:30PM PDT on May 23, 2008.
Utah has caught the westbound, and I am at a great loss. For myself and my wife Pam, to Joanna
and to all Utah's family and friends we express our deepest sympathy.
We have lost a truly caring man.
Here is an announcement from KVMR, the radio station in Nevada City: http://www.kvmr.org/utah_letter.html
The offical Obituary as provided by the family. May 24, 2008
"Folksinger, Storyteller, Railroad Tramp Utah Phillips Dead at 73"
Nevada City, California:
Utah Phillips, a seminal figure in American folk music who performed extensively and tirelessly for audiences on two continents for 38 years, died Friday of congestive heart failure in Nevada City, California a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains where he lived for the last 21 years with his wife, Joanna Robinson, a freelance editor.
Born Bruce Duncan Phillips on May 15, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of labor organizers. Whether through this early influence or an early life that was not always tranquil or easy, by his twenties Phillips demonstrated a lifelong concern with the living conditions of working people. He was a proud member of the Industrial Workers of the World, popularly known as "the Wobblies," an organizational artifact of early twentieth-century labor struggles that has seen renewed interest and growth in membership in the last decade, not in small part due to his efforts to popularize it.
Phillips served as an Army private during the Korean War, an experience he would later refer to as the turning point of his life. Deeply affected by the devastation and human misery he had witnessed, upon his return to the United States he began drifting, riding freight trains around the country. His struggle would be familiar today, when the difficulties of returning combat veterans are more widely understood, but in the late fifties Phillips was left to work them out for himself. Destitute and drinking, Phillips got off a freight train in Salt Lake City and wound up at the Joe Hill House, a homeless shelter operated by the anarchist Ammon Hennacy, a member of the Catholic Worker movement and associate of Dorothy Day.
Phillips credited Hennacy and other social reformers he referred to as his "elders" with having provided a philosophical framework around which he later constructed songs and stories he intended as a template his audiences could employ to understand their own political and working lives. They were often hilarious, sometimes sad, but never shallow.
"He made me understand that music must be more than cotton candy for the ears," said John McCutcheon, a nationally-known folksinger and close friend.
In the creation of his performing persona and work, Phillips drew from influences as diverse as Borscht Belt comedian Myron Cohen, folksingers Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and Country stars Hank Williams and T. Texas Tyler.
A stint as an archivist for the State of Utah in the 1960s taught Phillips the discipline of historical research; beneath the simplest and most folksy of his songs was a rigorous attention to detail and a strong and carefully-crafted narrative structure. He was a voracious reader in a surprising variety of fields.
Meanwhile, Phillips was working at Hennacy's Joe Hill house. In 1968 he ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. The race was won by a Republican candidate, and Phillips was seen by some Democrats as having split the vote. He subsequently lost his job with the State of Utah, a process he described as "blacklisting."
Phillips left Utah for Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was welcomed into a lively community of folk performers centered at the Caffé Lena, operated by Lena Spencer.
"It was the coffeehouse, the place to perform. Everybody went there. She fed everybody," said John "Che" Greenwood, a fellow performer and friend.
Over the span of the nearly four decades that followed, Phillips worked in what he referred to as "the Trade," developing an audience of hundreds of thousands and performing in large and small cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His performing partners included Rosalie Sorrels, Kate Wolf, John McCutcheon and Ani DiFranco.
"He was like an alchemist," said Sorrels, "He took the stories of working people and railroad bums and he built them into work that was influenced by writers like Thomas Wolfe, but then he gave it back, he put it in language so the people whom the songs and stories were about still had them, still owned them. He didn't believe in stealing culture from the people it was about."
A single from Phillips's first record, "Moose Turd Pie," a rollicking story about working on a railroad track gang, saw extensive airplay in 1973. From then on, Phillips had work on the road. His extensive writing and recording career included two albums with Ani DiFranco which earned a Grammy nomination. Phillips's songs were performed and recorded by Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Tom Waits, Joe Ely and others. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Folk Alliance in 1997.
Phillips, something of a perfectionist, claimed that he never lost his stage fright before performances. He didn't want to lose it, he said; it kept him improving.
Phillips began suffering from the effects of chronic heart disease in 2004, and as his illness kept him off the road at times, he started a nationally syndicated folk-music radio show, "Loafer's Glory," produced at KVMR-FM and started a homeless shelter in his rural home county, where down-on-their-luck men and women were sleeping under the manzanita brush at the edge of town.. Hospitality House opened in 2005 and continues to house 25 to 30 guests a night. In this way, Phillips returned to the work of his mentor Hennacy in the last four years of his life.
Phillips died at home, in bed, in his sleep, next to his wife. He is survived by his son Duncan and daughter-in-law Bobette of Salt Lake City, son Brendan of Olympia, Washington; daughter Morrigan Belle of Washington, D.C.; stepson Nicholas Tomb of Monterrey, California; stepson and daughter-in-law Ian Durfee and Mary Creasey of Davis, California; brothers David Phillips of Fairfield, California, Ed Phillips of Cleveland, Ohio and Stuart Cohen of Los Angeles; sister Deborah Cohen of Lisbon, Portugal; and a grandchild, Brendan. He was preceded in death by his father Edwin Phillips and mother Kathleen, and his stepfather, Syd Cohen.
The family requests memorial donations to Hospitality House, P.O. Box 3223, Grass Valley, California 95945 (530) 271-7144 www.hospitalityhouseshelter.org
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29th ANNUAL LONG BEACH BLUES FESTIVAL, AUGUST 30-31, TO TAKE PLACE AT NEW LOCATION: RAINBOW LAGOON
Chuck Berry, Sly & the Family Stone, Chuck Berry, Booker T Jones, John Mayall, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Pinetop Perkins and many more are on board for event, now produced by Bill Silva Presents and Rum & Humble
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Chuck Berry and Sly & the Family Stone and Chuck Berry are the headliners ofwill headline the 29th annual Long Beach Blues Festival, set to take place Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 2008 at a brand new locationvenue. The Festival will move relocate from its long-time home site at the Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) athletic field to a breezy new oceanfront locationhome, the Rainbow Lagoon at Linden Ave. and Shoreline Dr. in adjacent downtown to the Long Beach Marina.
The Festival also announces the enlistment of two new co-producers: Bill Silva Presents and Rum & Humble. Executive producers are Global Jazz, Inc. and CSULB.
In addition to the great Chuck Berry, who will headline the Saturday show, and enigmatic R&B masters Sly & the Family Stone, who will headline on Sunday, a line-up of venerable artists lineup from the blues pantheon has been announced. Saturday’s performers also include Eric Clapton associate John Mayall, New Orleans’ riotous the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, blues piano patriarch Pinetop Perkins, Northern Californian slide slinger Roy Rogers and the West Coast debut of Jamaican soul vocalist Roy Young. Sunday’s performers also include Hammond organ virtuoso Booker T Jones, harmonica blower Charlie Musselwhite, straight up bluesman Joe Louis Walker, rising guitar phenomenon Ana Popovic and nascent act Baby Stone.
In its nearly three decades of existence, the Long Beach Blues Festival has become one of the nation’s pre-eminent blues celebrations. As a major fundraiser for publicly supported radio station KKJZ-FM, the Festival serves not only as an annual weekend devoted to a classic American music form, but also to help sustain both jazz and the blues on the air all year long.
KKJZ-FM (previously known as KLON-FM) has been broadcasting jazz and blues since 1981. In December 2004, the station increased transmitting power, going from 6,500 to 30,000 watts as well as an HD Radio digital signal at 88.1 FM.
Over its 29-year history, the Long Beach Blues Festival has featured a who’s who of influential blues and soul artists including Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Little Richard, Jerry Butler, Bobby Bland, Otis Rush, Etta James, Mavis Staples, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley, Little Milton, Otis Rush, Albert Collins, Jimmy Smith, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Joe Liggins & the Honeydrippers, Big Joe Turner, Lowell Fulson, Lonnie Mack, The Blasters, Johnny Winter, Son Seals, Bobby Womack, Joe Cocker, the Allman Brothers Band, the Black Crowes, Irma Thomas and Betty LaVette, among hundreds of others.
According to co-producer Bill Silva at Bill Silva Presents, “We are thrilled to be producing this year's festival. With the new location adjacent to the marina coupled with an incredible artist lineup, we believe this will be a great experience for all the fans of this established event.”
Rum & Humble’s Martin Fleischmann adds, “Over the past three decades, virtually every major blues performer extant has been part of the Long Beach Blues Festival. We look forward to working with KJAZZ and Bill Silva Presents to uphold that fine tradition as well as bringing the Festival forward, in keeping with the evolution of blues/roots music and its audience.”
“We see moving the Blues Festival to downtown Long Beach as another way for Cal State Long Beach to partner with the city in ways that lend more vibrancy and excitement to important community events,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We believe this move will enable more community members to take advantage of what is one of the most popular events in Long Beach every year, and in the process, businesses in the downtown area will benefit as well. KJAZZ listeners, blues fans and Long Beach residents will all see a much more exciting festival this year.”
Advance tickets will be madecome available June 7 at the cost of $45 (plus applicable service charges) for a single day or $75 (plus applicable service charges) for a weekend pass via Ticketmaster. Day of show prices are $50 for one day and $85 for the weekend. In addition, the Ffestival offers several VIP package rates, all of which include a donation to benefit KJAZZ: The Buddy Pack (two VIP weekend passes plus parking and beverages) for $300; the Platinum Pass (twofour VIP weekend passes plus VIP parking, food and beverages) for $800. Also offered are thea Backstage Pass (twofour backstage weekend passes plus VIP parking, food and beverages) at $1,650 and the Ultimate Backstage Pass (twofour backstage weekend passes and a reserved seating area plus VIP parking, food, beverages and hotel or transportation) at $5,000.
Tickets EnhancedVIP ticket packages are available directly from KKJZ-FM 88.1 FMKJAZZ, by calling (310) 478-5061 or online at http://www.jazzandblues.org/longbeachbluesfestival.
Jefferson Starship and Mission Control cordially invite you and your guest to the Formal Debut of:
Tree of Liberty “World premiere CD listening party”
When: Sunday June 29, 2008
Where: Sweetwater Station, Larkspur CA. Around 4PM
What: The debut of the band's first studio recordings in 12 years entitled:
Jefferson Starship presents ~ Jefferson’s Tree Of Liberty ~ which is being released September 1st on Airline/SONY (See the cover art in the attachment).
Come down and have a drink (open bar) and Listen to and enjoy the New Jefferson Starship CD.
Take home a free review copy of the new CD to play
Please RSVP to: Michael Gaiman and cc me in the email
Jefferson Starship, Mission Control and Mike Somavilla
Jefferson Starship website: www.jeffersonstarshipsf.com
THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY - JUNE 11
In 1964…The Rolling Stones held a press conference on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. It ended when the police arrived to break it up.
In 1965…The Rolling Stones recorded Got Live If You Want It during a concert in England's Royal Albert Hall.
In 1966…The European media reported a story that claimed The Who’s Roger Daltrey was killed in a car accident.
In 1968…London's Olympic Studio caught fire while The Rolling Stones were there recording Beggars Banquet.
In 1969…David Bowie released his single “Space Oddity” to cash in on that month’s Apollo 11 lunar landing.
In 1976…AC/DC kicked off their first headlining tour of Britain.
In 1996…Carl Perkins got his own slab of pavement on Hollywood's Rock Walk.
In 1998…Online retailer Amazon.com announced that they planned to sell music as well as books.
In 2002…David Bowie returned with a new album called Heathen. Rolling Stone described it as “the sound of Bowie essentially covering himself – to splendid, often moving effect......”
In 2006…Izzy Stradlin joined Axl Rose onstage to perform “Patience,” “Night Train” and “I Used to Love Her” with Guns N’ Roses at England’s Download Festival.
VIDEO CLIPS OF THE WEEK
Bo Diddley - The Big TNT Show
Jerry Garcia and David Nelson working on a Levi's commercial
1965 Batman ABC Network Presentation
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page video "Most High"
Favorite Records./Musicians (1-50)
- Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
- Beatles: Sgt. Peppers
- Beatles: White Album
- Led Zeppelin: 1
- Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed
- Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
- Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
- Led Zeppelin: 2
- Beatles: Revolver
- Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced
- Grateful Dead: Live '72
- Cream: Disraeli Gears
- Beatles: Abbey Road
- Big Brother/Janis: Cheap Thrills
- Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
- Jeff Beck/Rod Steward: Faith
- Jimi Hendrix: Axis Bold As Love
- Grateful Dead: Anthem to the Sun
- Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
- Traffic: first one
- Doors: first one
- Rolling Stones: Satanic Majesties
- Ten Years After: Cricklewood Green
- Spirit: The Family That Plays Together
- Cream: Wheels of Fire
- Stepenwolf: first one
- Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxters
- Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour
- Traffic: Dear Mr. Fantasy
- Greatful Dead: Aoxoxo..
- Animals: Love Is
- Pink Floyd: Ungamunga
- Miles Davis: In a Silent Way
- Tim Buckley: Blue Melody
- Tim Leary/Jimi Hendrix: You Can Be Anyone
- Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow
- Doors: Soft Parade
- Joe Cocker: first one
- Ravi Shankar: Monterey
- Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet
- George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
- Doors: Strange Days
- Jimi Hendrix: Cry of Love
- Weather Report: I Sing the Body Electric
- Doors: Waiting for the Sun
- John Coltrane: My Favorite Things
- Grateful Dead: first
- Zappa: Hot Rats
- Traffic: Low Spark of High Heel Boys
- Jethro Tull: Aqualung
Favorite Records/Musicians (50-100)
- Tim Buckley: Greetings From LA
- Allman Brothers: Live At the Filmore
- Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire
- John Mclaughlin: Love, Devotion and Surrender
- Santana: first
- Pink Floyd: BBC
- Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy
- Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys
- Miles Davis: Bitches Brew Sessions/Another Bitches Brew
- Grateful Dead: (live from the 80's)
- Crosby Stills Nash and Young: deja vu
- Bob Dylan: Subterenean Homesick Blues
- Tim Buckley: Happy Sad
- Weather Report: second
- Santana/McLauglin: Love, Devotion and Surrender
- Bob Dylan: Hwy 61 Revisited
- Derek and the Dominoes: Layla
- David Crosby: If I Could Remember My Name
- Mahavishnu Orchestra
- Jimi Hendrix: Rainbow Bridge
- Led Zeppelin: III
- Pink Floyd: Shine on You Crazy Diamond
- Miles Davis: Live-Evil
- Grateful Dead: live 90's
- Beatles: Rubber Soul
- Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain
- Jimi Hendrix: Cry of Love
- Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord
- Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour
- John Mclauglin: My Goal's Beyond
- Santana: Welcome
- Country Joe: Electric Music
- Pink Floyd: Pompei
- Moody Blues: Tomorrow
- Who: Tommy
- Stevie Wonder: Talking Book
- Jimi Hendrix: Midnight Lightning
- Frank Zappa: Us and Them
- Quicksilver: first one
- Spirit: Fresh Garbage
- Mothers of Invention: Only in it for the Money
- Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishman
- Bob Dylan: Another Side Of
- Cream: Fresh
- Yes: first
- Who: Live at Leeds
- Rolling Stones: High Tides
- Tim Buckley: Safronia
- King Crimson: Court of Crimson King
- Paul Butterfield-East West
- Jean Luc Ponty: Enigmatic Voyage
- Miles Davis: Seven Steps
- Shawn Philips: Faces
- Byrds: Notorious Bird Brothers
- Steppenwolf: Monster
- Raphael; Music to Disapear In 2
- Buffalo Springfield: Retrospect
- Neil Young: first
- Beatles: Let it Be
- Pink Floyd: Meddle
- Neil Young: Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
- Allman Brothers: Eat a Peach
- Frank Zappa: Apostrophe
- Miles Davis: Big Fun
- Neil Young: Zuma
- Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
- Doors: Morrison Hotel
- Soft Machine-first
- Grand Funk Railroad: Closer to Home
- Jefferson Starship: Blows Against the Empire
- John Luc Ponty: Tales of...
- Blind Faith
- Neil Young: Harvest
- Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers
- Eric Burdon and War
- Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons
- Jefferson Airplane: Bless Its Pointed Little Head
- Cream: Goodbye
- Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
- Who: Who's Next
- Quicksilver: first
- Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young: 4 Way Street
- Tim Buckley: Happy/Sad
- Lauro Nyro: Christmas and the Beads of Sweat
- Spirit: Ice
- Shawn Phillips: Colaboration
- Rolling Stones: Only Rock and Roll
- Mahavishnu Orchestra: Inner Mounting Flame
- Pink Floyd: Animals
- Traffic: Last Exit
- Stevie Wonder: Talking Book
- Pink Floyd: Obscured by Clouds
- Jean Luc Ponty: Cosmic Messenger
- Steve Stills: first
- Bob Marley: Exodus
- Pink Floyd: Saucer Full of Secrets
- Traffic: Shoot Out at the Fantasy Farm
- It's A Beautiful Day: first
- Pete Townsend: Who Came First
- Mothers of Invention: Freak Out
- Doors: LA Woman