February 09: Happy Birthday Joe Ely

You sure look fine tonight, in the beer sign light. Why did you seem surprised when I saw through your disguise. All your friends were there and no one had a care. They all just looked away in this Honky Tonk Masquerade. – Joe Ely “I think I’ll always be restless, always trying new stuff, I gotta do that. I …

December 22: The great Joe Strummer passed away in 2002

 “We aren’t particularly talented. We try harder!”―Joe Strummer    “Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed” ― Joe Strummer

December 14: London Calling by The Clash was released 35 years ago

The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in Engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin A nuclear error, but I have no fear London is drowning-and I live by the river I walked home from the local grocery store Ringdal exactly 35 years ago today with a plastic bag containing this double album by The Clash. …

November 10: Bruce Springsteen released Live/1975–85 in 1986 – 27 years ago

It’s not enough. By anyone else’s standards, of course, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live/1975-85 is an embarrassment of riches — five albums and ten years’ worth of barroom, hockey-arena and baseball-stadium dynamite; greatest hits, ace covers, love songs, work songs, out-of-work songs — the ultimate rock-concert experience of the past decade finally packaged for living-room consumption, a special gift …

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