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Message 77 of 826 (518913)
08-09-2009 3:05 PM
Reply to: Message 76 by Asgara
07-17-2009 8:59 PM


Mike Seeger
A friend of mine, Peter Stone Brown, posted this Saturday August 8th in the rec.music.dylan usenet group:

Last last month it was revealed that Mike Seeger was suffering from Leukemia, and that it had gotten much worse and he declined treatment and entered a hospice. Mike Seeger died last night at home with his family at age 75.

Mike Seeger was an incalculable influence on Bob Dylan, and he wrote about him extensively in Chronicles.

I saw Mike Seeger last May on the New Lost City Ramblers farewell tour. At the time, I did not know the reason for the farewell, and from Seeger's performance that night, you would have never known anything was wrong or amiss. He was a brilliant musician and a very aware and very hip (in the original and best sense of the word person). He excelled on just about every string instrument imaginable and was the only person I ever saw play fiddle and harmonica at the same time.

Here are some relevant quotes from Chronicles:

"He was extraordinary, gave me an eerie feeling. Mike was unprecedented. He was like a duke, the knight errant. As for being a folk musician he was the supreme archetype. He could push a stake through Dracula's black heart. He was the romantic, egalitarian and revolutionary all at once -- had chivalry in his blood."

"He played on all the various planes, the full index of the old-time styles, played in all the genres and had the idiots mastered -- Delta blues, ragtime, minstrel songs, buck-and-wing, dance reels, play party, hymns and gospel -- being there and seeing him up close, something hit me. It's not just as if he just played everything well, he played these songs as good as it was possible to play them."

"I listened to The New Lost City Ramblers. Everything about them appealed to me - their style, their singing, their sound. I liked the way they looked, the way they dressed and especially I liked their name. Their songs ran the gamut in styles, everything from from mountain ballads to fiddle tunes and railroad blues. All their songs vibrated with some dizzy, portentous truth. I'd stay with The Ramblers for days. At the time, I didn't know that they were replicating everything they did off old 78 records, but what would it
have mattered anyway? It wouldn't have mattered at all. For me, they had originality in spades, were men of mystery on all counts. I couldn't listen to them enough."

Mike Seeger and Bob Dylan recorded "The Ballad Of Hollis Brown" for Seeger's album Third Annual Reunion (available on Rounder Records). While the person who post this to YouTube has the info totally wrong, you can listen to that version here, which was recorded Los Angeles on May 19, 1993.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8Oz8z26VnE

Gentlemen, if you aint right, git right.
Mike was a half brother of Pete Seeger, who just reached 90, 15 years Mike's senior. Peggy Seeger is still touring. An amazing family.


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Message 79 of 826 (521233)
08-26-2009 2:58 PM
Reply to: Message 78 by Minnemooseus
08-13-2009 10:38 PM


Senator Ted Kennedy
No matter how the wacko conservative right-wingers bring all kinds of other stories into the picture, the reason they hated Ted Kennedy was not the negligent vehicular homicide or the wealth his family bestowed upon him at birth - it was that he was the most powerful liberal over the last 40 odd years and every single piece of legislation they hate over those 40 years has his fingerprints on it. He was, in short, their worst nightmare. How dare he care about the poor & sick & old & discriminated against. How dare he desert the entitlement of the super rich & powerful to help them all amass even more wealth & power and instead become a...a...a liberal!

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Message 107 of 826 (606659)
02-27-2011 3:21 PM
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07-11-2006 7:25 PM


The power of a Muse
It is not often that we get to observe the story-line of the creative process being shaped by someone looking as if she were only on the sidelines, but if there was anyone who may have tangentially altered the course of recent history in a more amazing way, it was the now, sadly late, Suze Rotolo. Suze may have been rudely discarded by Bob's own callous pushing on towards the Light of Stardom, but we, the world at large, are all so much the luckier to have all the songs she inspired and also a great sense of the power of the artistic movement in the 60's.

For those of you in the dark, she appears on the cover of Bob's Freewheeling Bob Dylan album, clutching onto him in the vicious cold New York winter, exuding a smile that gave us all, at the time when we were young, the sense that anything was possible....... 50-60 songs easy.


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Message 115 of 826 (615847)
05-17-2011 3:22 PM
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05-17-2011 1:07 PM


Re: Hall of Fame Slugger Harmon Killebrew dead at 74
Sad indeed. Him & Allison were a very feared back-to-back threat for many years. Salute! Harmon was the big bat those years. Mudcat, Oliva, Kaat...it was still Harmon's team.

Forgot to mention MVP Ziolo Versalles....

p.s. - message mood button in this thread should always be the default one...

Edited by xongsmith, : brain cramp


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Message 170 of 826 (657591)
03-29-2012 1:22 PM
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03-28-2012 11:08 PM


Re: Earl Scruggs...Bluegrass Legend Passes
Some of us young banjo students back then were lucky enough to have a turntable with a 16.5 rpm speed so we could play Scruggs at half speed and help figure out what he was doing.

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Message 224 of 826 (683590)
12-11-2012 10:32 PM
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12-05-2012 11:37 PM


Re: Russell Means
Free Leonard Peltier!!!
Free Leonard Peltier!!!
Free Leonard Peltier!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Peltier

I read a great book, In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse, by Peter Matthiessen.


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Message 258 of 826 (695808)
04-09-2013 12:39 PM
Reply to: Message 255 by Omnivorous
04-08-2013 2:14 PM


Re: The Iron Lady
Omnivorous writes:

RIP, indeed.

quote:
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand over your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead.
--Bob, Masters of War

http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/...arl-snap-shirts-in-calgary

from that link we have:

Elvis Costello’s hate letter to Thatcher, Tramp the Dirt Down — sample lyrics: “when they finally put you in the ground, I’ll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down” — may rank as the nastiest, but Billy Bragg was arguably better known for railing against the Iron Lady in song. He’s had more than one gem on the topic — Thatcherites, Waiting for the Great Leap Forward, Between the Wars — and will likely trot them out tonight for his show at MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary.

...hmmm.


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Message 281 of 826 (712668)
12-05-2013 7:32 PM


Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Possibly the most giant figure of my lifetime, although Dr. King is right up there.


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Message 286 of 826 (713685)
12-15-2013 1:52 PM


Peter O'Toole, 81

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Message 307 of 826 (717555)
01-29-2014 2:24 AM
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01-28-2014 8:58 AM


Re: Where have all the flowers gone?
I think his raising awareness about the environment is one of the reasons that there was an effort to clean up the river.

Jeez Ramoss, it just might...just might have been "possibly" a reason.

This country just lost its Greatest Living American.


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Message 308 of 826 (717556)
01-29-2014 2:33 AM
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01-29-2014 2:24 AM


I got a new tattoo

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Message 312 of 826 (717734)
01-31-2014 1:56 AM
Reply to: Message 311 by a servant of Christ
01-30-2014 9:33 PM


it says bob Dylan once called him a saint and he responded "what a terrible thing to call someone."

excerpted from Bob's 11 Outlined Epitaphs on the notes to his 3rd album, Times They Are A-Changin':

with the sounds of Franois Villon
echoin' through my mad streets
as I sumble on lost cigars
of Bertolt Brecht
an' empty bottles
of Brendan Behan
the hypnotic words
of Al Lloyd
each one bendin' like its own song
an' the woven spell of Paul Clayton
entrancin' me like China's plague
unescapable
drownin' in the lungs of Edith Piaf
an' in the mystery of Marlene Dietrich
the dead poems of Eddie Freeman
love songs of Allen Ginsberg
an' jail songs of Ray Bremser
the narrow tunes of Modigliani
an' the singin' plains of Harry Jackson
the cries of Charles Aznavour
through the quiet fire of Miles Davis
above the bells of William Blake
an' beat visions of Johnny Cash
an' the saintliness of Pete Seeger


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Message 328 of 826 (723721)
04-06-2014 11:44 PM


Jesse Winchester, ^D^D^D^D^D^D^D^D^Djust missed the big 7 0 by a month....COULD STILL MAKE IT to 70.

I remember Down Around Biloxi, Yankee Lady, Brand New Tennessee Waltz, Gravity, others.....

Jesse had to hide in Canada during the Vietnam War, but was able to return and get his career back on track.

EDIT: rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated!!!

Edited by xongsmith, : Biloxi spelling

Edited by xongsmith, : still alive!


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Message 329 of 826 (723725)
04-07-2014 2:01 AM
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04-06-2014 11:44 PM


Hadn't heard this one from Jesse Winchester:

Twigs & Seeds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzdLUU7jRx4

Edited by xongsmith, : fix url dbcode


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Message 330 of 826 (723727)
04-07-2014 2:32 AM
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04-07-2014 2:01 AM


Another - this time Jesse tells us Bye Bye:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JA5wxYydPs

EDIT: and another - i keep coming back to this one, Biloxi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXxt79bxKHk

Edited by xongsmith, : more


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