Category Archives: Music

Music and dance in Liberia in the 1930s

Graham Greene took a Journey without Maps in the mid 1930’s to Liberia. “I examined the usual blank map on the wall, a few towns along the coast, a few villages along the border.” One other map Greene saw had … Continue reading

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Elvis plays the Tupelo Fair 1956

Greatest Concerts I never saw

Elvis Presley Mississippi Alabama Fair at Tupelo September 26, 1956 Continue reading

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Even squares can have a ball

Even squares can have a ball

The Lawrence Welk Show performance of One Toke Over the Line

One toke over the line was a comic song written and performed by the usually more serious folk rock duo Brewer & Shipley. It became their only big hit in 1971. US Vice President Spiro Agnew denounced the song as “blatant drug-culture propaganda” that “threatens to sap our national strength.” Continue reading

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Rough Trade Records

Rough Trade Documents and Eyewitness starts with an epigraph from Pandaemonium (a stunning example of the use of literary and historical source material in the construction of a narrative) and moves on to cite Mass Observation, the seminal 1930’s British … Continue reading

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Three great music stories

Music gives us so many amazing experiences. Here are three of them. THE VAST ROLE THAT popular music plays in the lives of teenagers and young adults reinforces the fact that music derives much of its power from courtship and mating. … Continue reading

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Beatles or the Stones?

What does NGrams tell us about fame in the 20th century? how do the Beatles compare to the Rolling Stones? Continue reading

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The greatest Australian rock band

My son is losing faith in the Australian-ness of Australian classic rock since he heard Jimmy Barnes speak. Fair point, laddie! And then he started asking tricky questions about other Australian bands. “Well, no, Glasgow isn’t part of Australia.” “In … Continue reading

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