Memories of Live Aid

Live Aid was held on July 13, 1985

Today is the anniversary of Live Aid, the historic benefit concert for African famine relief that occurred in London and Philadelphia in 1985. I watched the whole thing, calling in sick to my job doing flower deliveries. The event was carried on broadcast television in addition […]

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan

This great video for the outtake “Series of Dreams,” featured on the Bootleg Series Vol 1-3, includes a great montage of images from the life of Bob Dylan. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, I am pleased to share this tribute, and even more so, to have enjoyed his music for my entire life. […]

RIP Liam Clancy

This is a tough one. Liam Clancy, surviving member of The Clancy Brothers, has died. The Clancy Brothers were part of the folk revival of the early 60s and had a great friendship with Bob Dylan. These were also some of the first records I ever heard (my mom was a big fan). In a […]

Who Will Be The Odetta of Now?

May her memory and message of freedom live forever!

Harry Belafonte‘s eulogy of Odetta asked this question repeatedly Tuesday night at her memorial service, held at historic Riverside Church in Manhattan. I was honored to attend and hear Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand, Peter Yarrow, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez (separately, via video) — all […]

This Train is Bound for Glory

I just wish that Freedom Fighters from the past were here to see this week’s events. MLK, James Brown, John Coltrane, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis and especially President Obama’s parents are people I wish were going to be in DC this week.

Good […]