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May 29, 2011


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Ed Leimbacher

I know it's unfair to compare apples and rootabagas but, damn it, there is a huge qualitative difference between the silly, middle-class white kids' revolution (revolting, yes) espoused by the Slick Airplane, and the social-justice revolution chanted by Scott-Heron. "White Rabbit" vs. "Winter in America"? Are you kidding? "Volunteers" (quickly become music for TV ads) encounters "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"? Did Grace just say, Nolo contendere?

And what WAS televised? Dragnet dips a pinky in LSD, not the cops go gunning for Panthers. And today? The Airplane remembered as rock icons and Gil as a pesky gadfly. May his R.I.P. stand for "Revolution in Perpetuity."

(At least the co-opted-as-usual, consumers-start-your-aps, cell-phone "revolution" allows embarrassing pics to be snapped, saved, and shown later if needed. Otherwise, give a raspberry to "The Man can't touch our Music" and other marketing slogans; keep your eyes open, and don't follow leaders, be they fashonistas, rock stars, or politricksters. I said that.)

Dick Cutler

My WNEW memories are from the Martin Block Make-Believe Ballroom era of the 1940s. Too bad all those musician interviews weren't transcribed and saved.

John P. Cooper

PopMarket - I ordered the Armstrong Hot Five CD set in July 5th and it still has not shipped.

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