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This is the grave of Alan Freed, visited in the aftermath of a ridiculous amount of snow not allowing me to get a better photo. Born in 1921 in Windber, Pennsylvania, Freed grew up in an ethnically mixed family. His father was a Jewish immigrant from Russia and his mother was American born of Welsh […]
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This is the grave of Estelle Axton. Born in 1918 in Middleton, Tennessee, Estelle Stewart’s parents were farmers. Her early life seems to have been fairly unexceptional. Like lots of young rural people, she moved to the city during World War II, in her case, Memphis, about 50 miles west of her home. She at […]
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On August 7, 2021
One last point about the Newport Folk Festival, which is its forward looking vision of younger artists. When Randy Newman played, he got great amusement about being old. He played “I’m Dead (And I Don’t Know It), which is about old musicians who refuse to retire. He prefaced the song by saying that the olds […]

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On July 10, 2021

Been quite awhile since I did one of these posts! I’m not sure why, but there’s a whole bunch of Sun Ra stories appearing. Here’s a nice little profile of the great one in The New Yo

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