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june 2014 :: rabble rouser of the month
may 2014 album of the month
willie nelson :: band of brothers
willie is not like most musicians in their 80s making a comeback record. most do it for extra retirement, or a favor. sometimes, it’s for a chance to get out one more idea or story while there’s still time. then, there’s willie time. willie has always kept his own time. he’s always been able to write any song and make it decent. he still can, obviously. he is more subtle than cash’s later years, but then again willie isn’t exactly re-inventing himself. and though the album is the first in quite some time, willie isn’t exactly making a comeback and he isn’t exactly in his late career. he’s been out there consistently these past 10 or 15 years especially. he is still singing like he’s got a lot yet to find, while having an old fart’s look back on life. at 81, willie still travels more than entertainers at 21. he is still as relevant, while also being timeless, as entertainers at 21. there is a lot to come. i expect willie to release a record at 101.
wives and girlfriends is typical tongue-in-cheek willie, but he really shows off his signature talent in used to her, crazy like me, and songwriters. but like every album of the month selection (though i still don’t like the award), all the winners are complete top to bottom show stopping tunes. metacritic gave band of brothers 72, though i feel that score should be 73. then again, i don’t believe half of what mainstream critics think, so props to allmusic.com. they seem to have gotten this one right.
“We’re a band of brothers and sisters and whatever
On a mission to break all the rules
And I know you love me ’cause I love you too
But you can’t tell me what to do”
r.i.p :: :: :: june 15, 2014
photo: lindell tate
tommy ramone :: the last ramone
tommy was the founding drummer for the ramones and the last surviving member of the original foursome. originally slated to be the band’s manager, tommy moved behind the kit when johnny realized he couldn’t keep up with the tempo of the songs. he pretty much became drummer by default since no one else wanted to and remained in the band until 1978. he was also an accomplished producer, most notably of the replacement's tim album. tommy was 62 when he died in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer. - from the music's over.
r.i.p :: :: :: june 15, 2014
photo: stephen perilloux
haden was a jazz bassist, most notably part of the free jazz movement of the ’50s and ’60s. his work in ornette coleman‘s quartet endeared him to fans and critics alike. the coleman albums on which haden played have been called “game changers,” but it was 1959′s the shape of jazz to come that is considered a landmark of the genre. during the late ’60s and early ’70s, haden worked with the great keith jarrett, playing on several albums that received critical acclaim. in 1969, haden formed the liberation music orchestra whose output was more politically based, with carla bley contributing heavily. haden’s most commercially successful period began in the late ’80s with the formation of quartet west. the configuration released albums well into the 2000s. the list of artists with whom haden recorded over the years was not limited to jazz and includes elvis costello, ginger baker, beck, yoko ono, ringo starr, and robert downey jr. haden’s children have enjoyed careers in music as well – his son joshua haden is a member of the indie rock band, spain, while his triplet daughters, petra haden, tanya haden, and rachel haden make up the acclaimed alt-country band, the haden triplets. - from the music's over.
r.i.p :: :: :: june 15, 2014
photo: the independent
author, famously known for writing flowers for algernon about an intellectually disabled man who was given high intellegence, only to witness it gradually disappear. keyes also wrote a non-fiction account of billy milligan, a telling of the 24 personalities of a convicted rapist, who was the first person to enter a plea of multiple personalities.
r.i.p :: :: :: april 5, 2014
novelist, naturalist and environmental activist, matthiessen co-founded the paris review in 1953 while working for the c.i.a. that work would later be matthiessen’s only life regret when he lost any confidence in the united states government. in 1959, he published the first edition of “wildlife in america.” in 1965, he published “at play in the fields of the lord” about a moral clash of foreigners in the south american rain forest. matthiessen’s experiences with LSD led to a zen buddhist practice and teacher. 1978’s “the snow leopard” was about is experiences in the tibetan himilayas. in 1983, mattheissen first published “in the spirit of crazy horse” which was followed by an eight year lawsuit relating to his friendly stance toward leonard peltier. the former south dakota governor and a disgruntled f.b.i. agent finally had their accusations discarded in 1990 and mattheissen’s book was again in circulation.
r.i.p :: :: :: march 15, 2014
scott “rock action” asheton
drummer for the stooges. asheton grew up in d.c., moved to ann arbor at the age of 14 and formed the original stooges in 1967 with iggy pop, dave alexander and his brother ron asheton. drum pounding on songs like “no fun” “1969” and “tv eye” are iconic beats in punk rock history. the first three stooges albums; the stooges (1969), fun house (1970) and raw power (1973), are landmark albums in the birth of punk and cemented the groups place in the rock and roll hall of fame. dave alexander passed away in the 1970s, ron asheton passed away in 2009, and now with scott’s passing, the wild one iggy pop remains, somewhat improbably, the only original member of the stooges.
r.i.p :: :: :: march 14, 2014
singer for influential garage band, the monks! burger started out with three military mates stationed in west germany, in 1964, who formed a british invasion and chuck berry cover band called the torquays. post army lfe, the group had enormous popularity in germany and stayed to tour the country. they began experimenting with feedback, electric banjos and organs for which german marketing execs rechristened them as the monks with black robes and rope ties. the debut, and only, album, 1966’s black monk time was a scathing critique of army life and the vietnam war.
r.i.p :: :: :: january 16, 2014
the last japanese soldier to surrender, onoda was deployed to the phillipines in world war ii and fought long after the war ended. materials were dropped on the island indicating the war was over, but onoda thought it was wartime propaganda and refused to surrender until he received orders from a superior officer. in 1974, he was officially relieved of duty. president marcos pardoned onoda for all crimes and onoda returned to japan a hero. NPR reported that onoda become a rancher in brazil, before finding great cause to return to japan to "teach children how to become strong enough to overcome their difficulties."
r.i.p :: :: :: december 9, 2013
as an actress actress, elanor was all over the place and did it all, starting with one of her early roles as mildred rogers in an “of human bodage” remake. she played a prison inmate in “caged” in 1950, winning best actress at venice film festival. she then played huge roles in “detective story” and “interupted lady.” in 1952, she played zosch, the wheelchair-bound wife of junkie frankie machine (frank sinatra) in “the man with the golden arm.” in 1954, she played a mail order bride to charlton heston in “the naked jungle” 1960, she played the nun in “the gambler, the nun and the radio.” parker’s biggest role of course came in 1965 as baroness elsa schraeder in “the sound of music.” she went on to many television guest spots and broadway musicals.
r.i.p :: :: :: october 27, 2013
front man of the influential late 1960s group, velvet underground, went on to a successful solo career. the velvet underground sold very few records during their existence, but those they did sell made an impression on virtually every musician since the 1970s. their 1967 debut album was ranked #13 on rolling stone's 2012 list of the best 500 albums of all time.
"one chord is fine. two chords are pushing it. three chords and you're into jazz."
"i never liked the beatles, i never really liked any british group, i don't think the british should play rock and roll... i never took british rock and roll seriously and i still don't." - 1983
r.i.p :: :: :: october 4, 2013
member of the angola three, wallace spent 40 years in solitary confinement for the supposed killing of a prison guard.
wallace had previously been an poet, “lover of literature,” and activist seeking to improve prison conditions on segregation, rape and violence, through hunger strikes, petitions, etc. he had been reportedly held in the hole because of his “black pantherism” by a warden seeking a christian way of reform. wallace was released on october 1 due to advanced liver disease and died on october 4 at the age of 71-years-old. cedric richmond, john conyers and bobby scott referred to wallace as “the muhammed ali of justice” and entered a tribute to him in the congressional record.
r.i.p :: :: :: august 8, 2013
the actress appeared as the prostsitute on acid in the cemetery in easy rider, was nominated for an oscar in five easy pieces and played a kidnapper in the final hitchcock film family plot. she also was kris kirstofferson's counterpart as drug addicted crooks in cisco pike. she even played a small role in the final river phoenix film dark blood, which was salvaged and premeired last september. her later career was mired in underground horror films, but she maintained a devoted fanbase. she was kooky, sexy and crazy all at once, serving as the inspiration for the kembra pfahler's new york gore shock rockers voluptuous horror of karen black.
r.i.p :: :: :: july 16, 2013
t model ford
the delta bluesman's illiteracy and abuse by his father led him down a hard road that included two years on a chain gang for murder. ford started playing guitar at age 58 and started a recording career in his late 70s when fat possum released "pee wee get my gun" in 1997. ford released eight albums total and toured until 2012, even after a couple strokes and a pacemaker insertion, playing big festivals like deep blues, pickathon and all tomorrow's parties. even after his prison stint, ford had countless run ins with the law. fat possum's founder once asked ford how many times he'd been to jail, to which ford replied, "i don't know, how many?" after he realized it wasn't a trick question, he answered honestly, "every saturday night there for a while."
r.i.p :: :: :: june 23, 2013
bobby "blue" bland
known as "the lion of the blues" or "the frank sinatra of the blues" :: bland joined the beale streeters in memphis as a youngster along with bb king, johnny ace and others :: #44 on the rolling stone list of best singers of all time.
r.i.p :: :: :: may 2, 2013
one of the bigger rock n roll losses, jeff was the unheralded backbone of the most notorious band of the rabble rouser's youth. his punk influence combined with kerry king to make slayer the fiercest crossover thrash metal band ever. jeff's fascination with war memorabilia inspired some of the more intense war songs ever written. hanneman was solely responsible for about half of slayer's songs, including angel of death, raining blood, die by the sword, behind the crooked cross & more... with dave lombardo also not drumming for the band due to contract disputes, slayer chugs on with kerry king & tom araya still fronting the band, but one of the ten best bands of all time is a shell of the past now.
r.i.p :: :: :: march 12, 2013
original drummer for iron maiden. burr appeared on "iron maiden" "killers" "maiden japan" & "number of the beast" albums, so the iconic beats heard on running free, the prisoner, run to the hills & others are the expertise of mr. burr. he cowrote gangland & total eclipse & was also drummer for trust on "trust iv" & "man's trap." he was part of supergroup gogmagog, with one e.p. "i will be there."
r.i.p :: :: :: february 17, 2013
aka the flint flash :: second baseman for the racine belles :: she was the all time leader in stolen bases until rickey henderson broke her record at 1114 :: sofie is still the single season record holder with 201 stolen bases in 203 attempts :: she was portrayed by madonna in the film a league of their own.
r.i.p :: :: :: february 4, 2013
legendary jazz trumpeter, byrd started as a sideman for art blakey & the jazz messengers in the 1950s, going on to work with every major player like coltrane, monk, mobley, silver, hancock and then forming his own blackbyrds. he merged jazz with hip hop with a tribe called quest and others, including a major role on guru's jazzmatazz volume one and two.
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