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The King Lives On

January 8, 2012


This week’s Sunday Sign pays homage to Elvis: I bought this Speedway one-sheet on ebay back in 2000 and had it archive-mounted and framed. It cost me an arm-and-a-leg and it’s been a burden to move around the country, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. One of the first Sunday Sign […]

Words Without Deeds

August 25, 2011


Last Friday I drove down to Tuscaloosa for a concert by My Morning Jacket, Neko Case and Phosphorescent. Proceeds from the show went to the United Way Tuscaloosa tornado relief fund. Before the show, the musicians toured the path of the tornado and saw the destruction first hand. Neko Case posted this photo via Twitter. […]

Sunday Sign: Birthplace of Elvis Presley

August 14, 2011


Elvis Presley died August 16, 1977. Here’s to the King: This is the fifth post in my weekly series, the Sunday Sign. Click here for other Sunday Signs  on The Ben Franklin Follies. I was spending the night with a friend the night the TV announcers came on to inform us that Elvis was dead. […]

Social Media & The Bluebonnets in Austin

July 30, 2011


One year ago this week, the last week of July, I was driving through Texas en route to Colorado. During my trip, I had the great fortune of spending three nights in Austin, where I got to hang out with my good friend, DeDe and her daughter, Heather, and see The Bluebonnets perform live—twice—at two […]

Why the Go-Go’s matter in rock history

April 13, 2011


I happen to believe in historical and factual accuracy. So did Ben Franklin. Spin is one thing. We can argue all day about “who” is most influential in rock music history. But it’s simply ludicrous to completely ignore the as-yet-unduplicated album chart success of the Go-Go’s, the first all-female band to write their own songs, […]