Category Archives: Music

Precious Friend – For Pete Seeger

Precious Friend (sing, please!) Just when I thought All was lost You changed my mind. You gave me hope, (not just the old soft soap) You showed that we could learn to share in time. (You and me and Rockefeller) … Continue reading

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Richard Rabbit Brown – “Sinking of the Titanic”

In all the hoopla surrounding the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, there’s been little said about the enormous impact of the disaster on African-Americans and the music they gifted the world: the blues. The absence of race … Continue reading

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The CIA, Tuli Kupferberg and Me CIA Man, written by the late, great Tuli Kupferberg, is one of the Fugs‘ oldest songs. I first heard it live at the Harry Smith Memorial Concert in DC produced by the Smithsonian Institution … Continue reading

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Limbaugh, Find yourself another country to be part of

My tweet of the day @timothys: Rush Limbaugh calls the first black man elected president “boy.” To the racist white man, America is always Mississippi, circa 1962. (Thanks to the late, great Phil Ochs for the song).

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Take it from Pete

In 1964, I was in eighth grade at the American School in Japan in Tokyo. Being the child of left-leaning Protestant missionaries and a recent visitor to Vietnam, where a U.S. counter-insurgency war was brewing, I was pretty aware of … Continue reading

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