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Last Week on Kick Out the Jams

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

May 29, 2011 on Kick Out the Jams

Last Week on Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

May 29, 2011 on “Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams.”

100 Years of Robert Johnson

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

[This item appeared in April at the Holler If You Hear Me website: www.hollerif.blogspot.com  I added a little here.] Somebody asked if Robert Johnson ever got to Chicago. I looked for the fact in a few places and then realized that what I was going to get was somebody’s version but that it was more […]

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Book Reading Marathon

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

My friend Kevin Gray and others in South Carolina are having a Uncle Tom’s Cabin Book Reading Marathon in Columbia, South Carolina on April 12th. They are telling the enslaved Africans and abolitionists’ side of the story.

“We can catch courage from one another, sparking a New Year’s momentum to put an end to war.’

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

From my friends Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison, co-directors of Campaign for Peace and Democracy. I hope you will join us in this simple but meaningful activity. And let’s all add a New Year’s resolution for our too often bloodthirsty nation: End the war! And don’t start any new ones. Thanks for all of you […]

Help Prevent War in Iran; Help Iranians Establish Democracy

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I was one of the first to be asked to sign this statement, and did so eagerly. Things like this might not seem very important, organizations like CPD might seem out of the way of the main stream of events. But I can remember how important it was that names I knew, and names I […]

I Might As Well Claim It: The Great General Johnson

Monday, October 18th, 2010

General Johnson died last week. He wrote the first great rock’n’roll song not about rock’n’roll itself exactly but about why the music would prevail. And he wrote a ton of other stuff, though that one and “Patches,” his deeply affectionate reminiscence of hard times in the rural south, got the attention. “It Will Stand” was […]

Something Unpredictable and From the Start, It’s Right

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Producer Vivek Tiwary invited me to American Idiot on Sunday night, composer Billie Joe Armstrong’s last performance as St. Jimmy. I’d seen the show opening night, when Green Day attended, but did not perform unless you count the last curtain call. I’ve been thinking ever since about the next time I’ll see the show, and […]

Annals of Rock Criticism

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

“White Americans seem to feel that happy songs are happy and sad songs are sad, and that, God help us, is exactly the way most white Americans sing them—sounding, in both cases, so helplessly, defenselessly fatuous that one dare not speculate on the temperature of the deep freeze from which issue their brave and sexless […]

The Persistence of White Supremacy

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Here’s the real point about Shirley Sherrod, from a post to the SNCC mailing list. Ruby Sales is a black activist and theologian who narrowly escaped murder after the Selma-Montgomery March. (The bigot rifleman killed a white theology student instead. The bigot rifleman was then acquitted by an all-white jury.) In case some more Breitbart scum […]