Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bombings in Puerto Rico and Manhattan, January 1975

On January 11, 1975, Cuban exile (gusanos) CIA-paid terrorists killed two young Peurto Rican Independentistas and maimed a child in a restaurant in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  A couple weeks later, the FALN set off a bomb in a tavern in the Wall Street district of Manhattan in response.  They issued a communique to go with the attack.  Here is the link:

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Christmas Bombings of Vietnam 1972

I was 17 years old in 1972 and I was pissed off.  It was getting near Christmas and every day that I turned the news on the radio I would hear about another flurry of bombing raids on northern Vietnamese cities by hundreds of US bombers.  Hospitals were being bombed.  Civilian neighborhoods were being destroyed and Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and the rest of the war pigs were getting ready for their particular holidays.  I recall going to a protest in downtown Frankfurt against the bombings.  Particularly galling was the targeting of the hospitals.  Indeed, Bach Mai hospital was attacked more than once, killing more than 25 doctors and an unknown number of patients.  Here is a recollection from Vietnam Veteran Against the War Barry Romo, who was in Hanoi during the bombings.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Elvis Costello on SNL in 1977

Elvis Costello played Saturday Night Live in place of the Sex Pistols, who were having trouble getting visas.  He was allowed to play on the condition he not play the song "Radio, Radio," which criticizes the industry.  So, he played "Radio Radio."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let it Bleed

Image result for let it bleedLet it Bleed was released in the US on December 5, 1969.  As I wrote in a piece that first appeared in the now-defunct Vermont Times (and later appeared in Counterpunch and other zines: "Musically, the Rolling Stones were touring the country promoting their new album Let It Bleed , another of their adventures in reworking North American blues and folk idioms into hard-driving rock and roll. The song of the summer had been Honky Tonk Women, which appeared on the album as a boozy country funk. Perhaps the most important song on the platter, however, was Gimme Shelter, a blistering indictment of the world of war and greed."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17, 1973--Richard Nixon is not a crook

As the Watergate and associated criminal acts were slowly being revealed, Richard Nixon held a press below