In GLONO’s early days we had an argument about whether it was possible that a 20-something year old intern could possibly not know who either Kurt Cobain or Mick Jagger were. Never mind the fact that neither had been burning up the charts in recent years, how does someone not know cultural icons like these at least by name and reputation?
That dope has just been vindicated.
The Beast reports that none other than Bob Dylan was picked up by a NJ cop who had no idea who he was, even after he told her and showed identification verifying his story.
On the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Bob Dylan just wanted to go for a stroll in Long Branch, New Jersey’s Latin quarter when someone called the cops about a “scruffy old man acting suspiciously.” Unfortunately, the wrong cop arrived at the scene; a 22-year-old who had no idea who the legendary singer-songwriter was. Apparently, Dylan was unable to allay the cop’s suspicions, and she drove him back to his hotel to confirm his identity. Upon examining his documents, the cop reported back to headquarters with one question: “Who is Bob Dylan?”
While I think it’s justifiable to question Dylan because he is nothing if not a “scruffy old man acting suspiciously,” but to then not even have that name ring a bell upon hearing it? New Jersey’s finest, indeed!
Minor explained that he insisted that both Hudson and Faith Hill, who performed “America the Beautiful” before Hudson, sing to the prerecorded tracks the NFL requires them to submit a week before the game.
“That’s the right way to do it,” Minor said. “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live, because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”
What a crock of shit. Why even bother trotting the singers out there then? Wouldn’t a nice video montage of soldiers and nurses and cops and teachers make for even better television?
Guitar phenom Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay claiming the band’s single “Viva La Vida” ripped off his 2004 song “If I Could Fly.” This sort of thing happens a lot, especially if the defendant is a mega-selling powerhouse, but the similarities are compelling. A crafty Youtuber has combined the songs for you to hear for yourself and has apperently stoked the anger of Coldplay fans. Yes, they get angry when they’re not shopping at World Market.
I am trying to take full responsibility for my predicament. I consider the burden of legal fees ultimately mine to bear; I have independently raised the funds required to retain my attorney. However, it has definitely been by far the biggest expense I have ever faced in my entire life, and my resources are very limited while formidable costs shall continue to pile up. It’s beyond daunting, being a single independent citizen facing a full-force prosecution by the most powerful government in the world.
The AP reports that 27-year-old blogger Kevin Cogill was arrested in Los Angeles and held for “violating US copyright laws” for streaming parts of the 14 year delayed Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy.
According to an arrest affidavit, Cogill admitted to agents that he posted the songs on his Web site. Prosecutors said Wednesday the leak could result in a “significant” financial loss for the band.
Cogill will not face any special Internet restrictions, but was ordered to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 17.
Cogill’s girlfriend was in court for his appearance and afterward said, “Rally the troops,” but declined further comment.
Rally the troops, indeed.
Update: Kevin Cogill’s website is Antiquiet; the AP apparently doesn’t want to give him traffic.
To me, at least, it seems like skepticism is at its lowest point ever since the goddamn Apple Pie, Post-WWII era when everyone believed everything. And considering that every man, woman and baby has access to basically all information everywhere forever these days, skepticism is incalculably valuable. As David Byrne once croaked, “It takes a lot of time to push away the nonsense,” but if you don’t bother pushing it away, one day you’ll end up lookin’ like a fool.
But if it’s on the internet it has to be true, right? Right? No? Oh.
Awwwwwww shit, Snoop Dog was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Bob Hope Airport, police said. The D to the O the double G posted $35,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.
It appears he was arrested after cops searched his vehicle. Snoop seems to have violated a lane restriction at the airport, which prompted the 5-0 to rummage his gear and find his stash. My question is, why did Snoop allow them to search the vehicle??? C’mon, yo!
“There was no basis for this arrest,” the rapper’s attorney, Donald Etra, said in a statement. “We believe that once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed.”
Remember kids, you have the right to remain silent. That’s pretty much it. I wish the Fork had asked what the charges were. My guess is “hindering and opposing a police officer.” I was charged with that once for simply asking a cop who invited him into a party I was attending. I spent several hours in jail until my posse rounded up the $500 bond to bail me out. I eventually spent $1,000 on a lawyer and the charges were dropped contingent on me waiving my right to sue for false arrest.
There’s a lesson there, somewhere. But all I got out of it was learning that cops can cost you a lot of money for no good reason at all. Sure, I could’ve taken it to trial, but my lawyer advised me not to; it would have taken a lot of time, and there was very little chance of me being awarded any damages since it really didn’t cost me anything (no missed work, no obvious pain and suffering, etc.).
But I’ll always remember officer Scott Ramburger, GRPD badge #367. And so will karma.
Update: The Houston Chronicle has some more details: “Vogel and Johnson were each charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant, while Kerwin and Kohler were each charged with resisting arrest or search, records show. All of the alleged offenses are misdemeanors.”
Also noteworthy: “No formal public complaints [against the officer] had been lodged as of Tuesday afternoon, according to HPD Capt. Dwayne Ready.” I never filed an official complaint against officer Ramburger, and I’ve regretted it ever since. It would’ve been a pain—you had to go to the police station, and I just never bothered. But I should have. These kids in Houston definitely should.
“Last night (Fri. Oct 13), a single officer responded to a noise complaint about live music at Walter’s on Washington. As opposed to following protocol and procedure used by all other officers responding to similar complaints at Walter’s, this ‘over zealous’ decides to walk in, avoid managment, and get on stage and subsequently slam the guitar player on the stage, attack the drummer, and break a 90 year old upright bass….”
The account, including YouTube footage, is at Houston So Real. Please contact the Houston Police Department and let them know that this incident deserves a thorough investigation, because 14-year-old kids getting tasered at an indie rock show is beyond fucked up.