Monday, August 29, 2016

Chicano Moratorium August 29, 1970

The protest against the war in Vietnam and La Raza in Los Angeles on August 29, 1970 was broken up by armed police who attacked the crowd and then just kinda' went crazy.  A popular liberal Chicano journalist named Ruben Salazar was murdered by police.  Hunter S. Thompson, who was hanging with his friend and attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta (later known as Dr. Gonzo), wrote a great piece about the protest that appeared in Rolling Stone in is a link (there's a pdf you need to click on to read the piece)

Oscar Zeta Acosta wrote an entire book about the protest and the movement.  That book is titled The Revolt of the Cockroach People.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bonnie Raitt and Friends Record her first Album

In August 1971, Bonnie Raitt, Freebo and a bunch of other musicians, including Junior Wells, gathered at an empty summer camp on Enchanted Island, about 30 miles west of Minneapolis on Lake Minnetonka. They pulled out their four-track deck and recorded one of the ultimate albums of Raitt's career and of the 1970s.  Titled simply Bonnie Raitt, The music ran from straight out blues to the Buffalo Springfield song "Bluebird."  Along with her 1972 release titled Give It Up, Raitt brought a new authenticity to rock music...and helped bring in an era of rock that included many women who didn't play the pop songstress game...I attended more than a dozen of her shows over the decade.  She often was accompanied by older blues artists like Sippie Wallace, Roosevelt Sykes, and Mississippi Fred McDowell.  Intensely political, her in between song banter featured sarcastic remarks about political figures and the war in Vietnam.
Bonnie Raitt - Bonnie Raitt.jpg

Monday, August 22, 2016

August 23, 1972: Last Official US Combat Troops Leave Vietnam

Although the combat troops had left, there were still several tens of thousands of troops in country, not to mention CIA mercenaries, Special Forces, and others.  In addition, the bombing would go on for years, including the Christmas bombings at the end of 1972--some of the heaviest bombing raids in the history of bombing raids.  I thought I would link to this pamphlet written by Overseas Weekly writer Richard Boyle describing GI resistance to the war....Overseas Weekly was an unofficial newspaper written for GIs and sold in the PX alongside the official Stars & Stripes.....The resistance Boyle writes about is part of the reason the war was Vietnamized and US troops were slowly removed from in country....while the killing dragged on....

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pronounced 'Lĕh 'nérd 'Skin 'nérd

Lynyrd Skynyrd's first album was released in August 1973.  This album represented the beginning of the rock genre that would become known as redneck rock.  Its successor today would be what is now called "bro-country."  The song "Free Bird" from this album would go on to become a rock classic.

Here's a link to the album...

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Day Nixon Resigned

Nowadays, high school history books tell students that the Watergate episode and Nixon’s resignation prove that the US way of government works. Personally, I think that the real indicator of how (and for whom) the system works is Gerald Ford’s pardon of the man the following month.

here is the speech itself:

Friday, August 5, 2016

Feats Don't Fail Me Now--released August 1974

This album, from the Van Dyke Parks cover to its last track, is a masterwork.  Recorded in early 1974 at a studio in Hunt Valley, MD.  Little Feat were quite popular in the Baltimore-DC region, thanks in part to the fact WHFS-FM in Bethesda played their music a lot.  I saw them for what would be the first of many times at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in June of 1974.....