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50 Year Ago: A Letter to My Teenage Son

Audio: Victor Lundberg – “An Open Letter to My Teenage Son” There’s been a lot of talk recently about the 50th anniversary of the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine, dated November 9, 1967. The interviews and reviews of early Stone are rightly celebrated, but I like flipping through for the ads and weird news … Continue reading 50 Year Ago: A Letter to My Teenage Son

New Pussy Riot video: Police State

Video: Pussy Riot – “Police State” From the Nice Life Winter ’18 playlist, out December 8 on Nice Life. The always subtle Pussy Riot is back with another video denouncing the police state. It’s a cute pop song with a catchy chorus and sarcastic lyrics. Chloe Sevigny plays a law-enforcement officer in the video and … Continue reading New Pussy Riot video: Police State

Is Past Prologue?

For the past several years rock and roll has become profoundly apolitical, particularly vis-à-vis the 1960s when, largely because the war in Vietnam, there was considerable engagement of performers. There were two signal albums of that period, one that came out in 1969 and the other in 1970, and both have Paul Kantner in common. … Continue reading Is Past Prologue?

What Do They Know?

One of the things that often happens when a performer—be it an actor or a musician—makes a political point is that there is a degree of dismissiveness among some—even among that person’s fans—, a reaction that has it, in effect, “Oh, she’s just an actress, what does she know?” (Or, as our President put it … Continue reading What Do They Know?

Three Hundred Things People Are Saying About #TrumpDoc

A lot of people are saying things about this photo. Not us, but a lot of people. Some very smart people; the best people. I updated my Facebook picture with his smirking mug and added a couple comments. That got people talking…a lot of them. Here are 300+ things people are saying about #TrumpDoc (of … Continue reading Three Hundred Things People Are Saying About #TrumpDoc

Winaloto – A Song and Video for Trump’s America

It happens in every election cycle: Some candidate tries to co-opt a popular song to punctuate a message in a rally or other live event, only to raise the ire of the artists who created the song. It usually happens to Republicans, because…well…they suck. And really, who can they turn to? Ted Nugent? This week, … Continue reading Winaloto – A Song and Video for Trump’s America

Don’t be a sucker. Register to vote.

This is a reminder that it’s important to register to vote if you haven’t already. It’s not hard to do, and it really does matter. Even if you live in a very “safe” state, the national popular vote determines how big of a mandate the winner has received. You can’t vote if you’re not registered, … Continue reading Don’t be a sucker. Register to vote.

The Ballad Of October 16th is still relevant and controversial

I’ve been watching the Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and I’m astonished by how much I didn’t know about that era of American history. One example: a Gallup Poll from early 1939 revealed that 84-85% of American protestants and Catholics “opposed offering sanctuary to European refugees. So did more than one-quarter of … Continue reading The Ballad Of October 16th is still relevant and controversial

Lift Every Voice And Sing: Election 2012

We get it: You’re sick of it. You’re sick of all of the ads and the robocalls and people on Facebook telling you to vote. Yep, it’s annoying. Here’s what’s more annoying: Generations of people have fought for your right to vote. They have died for it. Their kids did not get to see them … Continue reading Lift Every Voice And Sing: Election 2012