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I hadn’t watched Scorsese’s The Last Waltz in years so I threw it on last night. If anything, it’s even better than I remembered. The Band was no great live act in their later years, but they really turned it on in those performances, with Robbie Robertson really shining. Most of the guest performances hold […]

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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 Dea

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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 Yorker. And here’s a pretty cool story on Sun Ra in Egypt. As it so happens, I rewatched the […]
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This is the grave of Billy Paul. Born either in 1934 or 1935 (sources vary), Paul Williams grew up in Philadelphia in a musical family. I don’t see a lot of evidence that his family played a lot of instruments, but there was always music playing in the house and singing because a passion for […]

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On December 28, 2020

The big news this week is sad. The great bluegrass guitarist and, at one time, vocalist, Tony Rice died at the age of 69. Seems to have been sudden and at home, so probably a heart attack. I saw Rice

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