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The Month Of May Fifty Years Out   1 comment

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I can’t let this month get by without recognizing the 50th anniversary (May 21, 1971) of the release of Marvin Gaye’s
masterpiece album, What’s Going On.

“OK, let’s just get this out of the way. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On LP is a masterpiece. If it’s not in your top five
or at least within the realm of your top 10 albums of all-time, then I seriously think you need to reevaluate your list.
Not many albums give you a snapshot of the world at the time of its release and still remain very relevant decades later.
What’s Going On most certainly does.” — Terry Nelson (albumism.com)

Gaye released the single, What’s Going On, after co-writer Renaldo “Obie” Benson saw police in Berkeley, Calif.,
brutality beat anti-Vietnam War protesters. Gaye would later say, “What mattered was the message. For the first time,
I felt like I had something to say.”

The album went platinum, and Rolling Stone would place it among the greatest albums of all time.
Now fifty years out, its influences are evident today as the nation wrestles with inequality and a racial reckoning.

— kenne

Fifty Years Of The Rolling Stones — Fifty Years Of Satisfaction!   1 comment

Tomorrow (July 12th) is the 50th anniversary of the great blues/rock ‘n roll British band, the Rolling Stones. For me, it was their more earthy, blues sound that won me over more than the other British band, The Beatles. Like so many young people of the 60’s, the very sexy song by Mick Jagger & Keith Richard “(I Can’t Get Not) Satisfaction,” was a reflection of my feeling.

Just a few days ago, The Rolling Stones placed this 1981 video on YouTube, “Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones – Baby Please Don’t Go – Live At Checkerboard Lounge,” where the band paid a visit to Buddy Guy’s club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform.

Enjoy!

kenne

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Gary Snyder – University of Arizona Poetry Center’s 50th Anniversary   1 comment

Gary Snyder at the University of Arizona Poetry Center — Images by kenne

Seated in the back, while others stand checking the view. Outside retractable walls, in choice of place, we gathered as, “Largest crowd in recent memory!” repeated through the Poetry Center. Staging a Zen evening, six persimmons a backdrop for laying down the words, Gary Snyder shared anecdotal memories of friendship. Fifty years since Robert Frost read at the Ruth Stephan Poetry Cottage dedication, fifty years out, Snyder reminisced about friend, writer, and philanthropist, Ruth Stephan.

“Poetry is the food of the spirit,
and spirit is the instigator of all revolutions,
whether political or personal,
whether national, world-wide,
within the life of a single quiet human being. “

– Ruth Stephan

kenne


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