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A King is Born

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935. Here’s Kurt Russell as The King in John Carpenter’s 1979 made-for-TV-movie, Elvis. As I remember, this is the end of the opening scene, before we flashback to Elvis’ childhood in Mississippi. Celebrate the birth of rock ‘n’ roll by watching TV Elvis shoot a hotel television… Please [...]

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London Rock

I celebrated a birthday this week and didn’t get back to the blog until this afternoon. It’s starting to feel like summer in Nashville. It’s muggy and warmer, but not exactly hot yet. We sometimes spend weeks in the high 90′s or low 100′s between July and September, but I’m hoping for a milder season [...]

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Lord of the Rings

In the opening of JRR TOLKIEN ’1892-1973′ – A Study Of The Maker Of Middle-earth, Tolkien’s son, Christopher, says that the attraction of Middle Earth and its stories can be found in his dad’s “…extraordinary power of compelling literary belief in an unreal world or what he called a secondary world.” You can say that [...]

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Baby Jimi

This week we celebrate the birthday of Jimi Hendrix on November 27, 1942. Here’s a post from just a few months back marking the end of the genius. The first cut is the deepest… Over the weekend Open Culture pointed back to one of its own posts to remember Jimi Hendrix’ death in London on [...]

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Considering The Catcher

J.D. Salinger published The Catcher in the Rye on July 16, 1951. Two years later the author retreated to rural New Hampshire where his reclusive lifestyle and diminished writing output found a legend growing up around the author that nearly eclipsed the fame — and infamy — of his first book. Catcher‘ celebrated its 65th [...]

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Ecco Arlo

Today we celebrate the birthday of Arlo Guthrie who was born on June 10, 1947. Here’s Arlo at Woodstock singing Bob Dylan’s “Walkin’ Down the Line.” Stay Awake! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I archive all of the videos I curate at Insomnia. Click here to check out more Music posts.

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Huey’s Day

On February 17 we celebrate the 1942 birthday of the founder of the Black Panther Party, Huey P. Newton. Anyone paying attention to Black Lives Matter can’t help but see parallels to the same challenges that faced the Black Panthers way back in the 1960′s. Here’s a 1968 documentary film made by the Panthers: Huey! [...]

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Remembering Richie Havens

Today we celebrate the birthday of Richie Havens who was born on January 21, 1941. Havens is one of my favorite singer/songwriter’s of all time: his growling vocals were immediately recognizable, his unique open-tuning guitar style emphasized the rhythmic expression of his right hand, and Havens is one of the only artists who consistently made [...]

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A Candle In the Rain

On Friday we observed the birthday of Roy Batty. What I’m trying to say is that we observed the “inception date” of Roy Batty — the poet laureate of the replicants in the film, Blade Runner.

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Cait The Great

Today we celebrate the birthday of Cait O’Riordan who was born on January 4, 1965. Cait was the bass player and background vocalist on The Pogues’ first two classic records, and her lead on “I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday” from RUM, SODOMY AND THE LASH certainly makes any short list of the band’s [...]

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