Last Week on Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams

May 29, 2011

Song of the Week 

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Bob Dylan live with the Tokyo New Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen from Dignity, Bob Dylan (CD single released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland…and I’ll just say “Good luck”)

Other music

Chimes of Freedom, The Byrds

Everything’s Broken, Bob Dylan

Political World, The Clash

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Gil Scott-Heron

Both If I Only Had a Brain, by Yip Harburg from the 1939 Wizard of Oz, and If I Only Had a Heart by the group America were mentioned. The Oz scene is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfSQMV4vzi4 . We have not been able to find an America song called “If I Only Had a Brain” (or “If I Only Had a Heart”). Perhaps the caller confused this title with America ’s biggest hit “A Horse with No Brain” –no, wait, that was “A Horse with No Name,” it just sounded like it as recorded with no brain. Or heart for that matter.  

Gil Scott-Heron never made an album not worth having and almost all of them can be obtained (relatively) cheaply and legally at ITunes, Amazon or wherever fine downloads are sold.

Always:

Land of Hope and Dreams, Bruce Springsteen

I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye

Agent Double-O Soul, Edwin Starr

Recommended website:

In his report on the Indignados, Spanish anticapitalist movement, Frank Joyce recommended Acamp.Adaben@wordpress.com  The site is written in Spanish. In English, there is an extensive commentary by Dick Nichols in Barcelona at http://links.org.au/node/2337

Recommended music:

NY is Killing Me, Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx (mash-up remix of track from I’m New Here, Gil’s last album) 

Obama’s praise for Ronald Reagan:A good analysis written soon after this happened in 2008 is contained in Barack Obama: Lost in the Foothills of Hope, Kevin Gray’s review of The Audacity of Hope at the Counterpunch website (http://www.counterpunch.org/gray02102007.html ). Obama’s comments on Reagan during the campaign are quoted in full.

Liking Is For Cowards. Go For What Hurts, Jonathan Franzen’s New York Times op ed piece, is at  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/opinion/29franzen.html and by now undoubtedly at free sites, too.

A more accurate summary of Che Guevara’s ideas than our right-wing caller offered can be found at MonthlyReview.org, particularly a brief 2009 essay by Helen Yaffe called “Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution” (based on her book of that title). A more detailed refutation of the dismissals of Che as mere bloodthirsty maniac will be found by reading The Che Guevara Reader: Writings on Politics and Revolution, edited by David Deutschman (Ocean Press 2003), currently available for as little as $3.90 (plus shipping), used, at Amazon.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is an epistolary novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, published in 2009.

The PBS Freedom Riders special can be watched online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/

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