Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blues on a Saturday: Buddy Guy --two songs from 1969

Here is Buddy Guy in the UK 1969 with Jack Bruce of Cream on bass and Buddy Miles of Electric Flag and Jimi Hendrix on drums, along with some horn players, most likely from Colosseum or one of John Mayall's bands. They perform two tunes from Guy's classic "A Man and the Blues" album:"Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "My Time After a While." Pay special attention to Guy's use of dynamics.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blues on a Saturday: B.B. King Session

Okay, I've missed a few Saturdays, so I'll make it up with this full concert featuring B.B. King with guests Eric Clapton, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Etta James and others.  Pay special attention to some great harmonica from Paul Butterfield.

Gems on the web

Coatesy Tendance on why the British SWP and other leftists are wrong to support the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

Ralph Seliger reviews Peter Bienart's "The Crisis of Zionism" for the Partners for Progressive Israel blog.

Two interesting pieces by Bill Wienberg on World War 4 Report: Assange to Ecuador: three questions nobody (on the left) is asking and "Anti-war" movement betrays Syrian people

US Lefty blogs worth following

Corey Robin 

Debate Link

Smoke Filled Room  a collective blog by poltical science graduate students

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Is Democracy for Sale?

Talks at a June14, 2102 forum in Wichita on democracy and the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. (Order of talks was Hansen, Fox, Merrit, and Goseland.)

 Louis Goseland of Sunflower Community Action and KanVote.

Friends University Political Science Professor Russell Fox
 David Hansen, retired UCC pastor and director of Wichita Interfaith Worker Justice
Davis "Buzz Merrtit, retired Wichita Eagle editor and author of three books on journalismL "Public Journalism and Public Life," "The Two W's of Journalism", the latest being Knightfall: Knight Ridder and How the Erosion of Newspaper Journalism Is Putting Democracy at Risk

Friday, June 08, 2012

Friday, June 01, 2012

Best Concert Videos

Russell Fox selects his five favorite concert videos which he boldly terms the greatest ever.  Russell writes that he has been on a convert video binge and discusses some very worthy videos that didn't make his cut.

Here are Russell's picks: The Last Waltz, Rattle and Hum, Shine a Light, Stop Making Sense, and Woodstock.

I'm not prepared to put forward my five best, but there a few prime candidates that Russell missed.

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 

 a 1987 documentary film directed by Taylor Hackford that chronicles two 1986 concerts celebrating rock and roll musician Chuck Berry's 60th birthday.  Interaction of  Chuck and Rolling Stone Keith
Richard is a real highlight of the movie.


 Jazz on a Summer's Day

Set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, and filmed and directed by noted commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern and the film director Aram Avakian, who also edited the movie. The film features performances by Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and others.

 Jazz 34

 When Robert Altman made his 1996 movie Kansas City, he did a Altmanesque creative move--he brought in 21 of the greatest young jazz musicians, recreated the ambiance of a KC jam session, and filmed them over several days. The result was several key scenes in the movie, two great CDs (soundtrack and KC After Dark) and the Jazz 34 video of the jam sessions.