Tag: History

October, 2011 – 10 Years Ago


1. Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera – ‘Moves Like Jagger’
2. Foster the People – ‘Pumped Up Kicks’
3. Adele – ‘Someone Like You’
4. Bad Meets Evil Feat. Bruno Mars – ‘Lighters’
5. Rihanna – ‘Cheers (Drink to That)’
6. Britney Spears – ‘I Wanna Go’
7. David Guetta Feat. Usher – ‘Without You’
8. Cobra Starship Feat. Sabi – ‘You Make Me Feel…’
9. Lady Gaga – ‘You and I’
10. Lil Wayne – ‘How to Love’


Albums of the Year 1984 – Pazz & Jop Critics Poll –


1. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (Columbia)
2. Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (Warner Bros.)
3. Los Lobos: How Will the Wolf Survive? (Slash)
4. The Replacements: Let It Be (Twin/Tone)
5. Tina Turner: Private Dancer (Capitol)
6. R.E.M.: Reckoning (I.R.S.)
7. The Pretenders: Learning to Crawl (Sire)
8. Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (SST)
9. Lou Reed: New Sensations (RCA Victor)
10. Run-D.M.C.: Run-D.M.C. (Profile)
11. Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual (Portrait ’83)
12. Bangles: All Over the Place (Columbia)
13. Ramones: Too Tough to Die (Sire)
14. Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime (SST)
15. The dB’s: Like This (Bearsville)
16. Womack & Womack: Love Wars (Elektra ’83)
17. Laurie Anderson: Mister Heartbreak (Warner Bros.)
18. Rubén Blades y Seis del Solar: Buscando America (Elektra)
19. Laurie Anderson: United States Live (Warner Bros.)
20. Meat Puppets: Meat Puppets II (SST)
21. Neville Brothers: Neville-ization (Black Top)
22. The Smiths: The Smiths (Sire)
23. Let’s Active: Cypress (I.R.S.)
24. Tom Verlaine: Cover (Warner Bros.)
25. Van Halen: 1984 (Warner Bros.)
26. Del-Lords: Frontier Days (EMI America)
27. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Making History (Island)
28. George Clinton: You Shouldn’t-Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol ’83)
29. U2: The Unforgettable Fire (Island)
30. King Sunny Ade and His African Beats: Aura (Island)
31. Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (Sire)
32. ZZ Top: Eliminator (Warner Bros.)
33. Peter Wolf: Lights Out (EMI America)
34. The Gospel at Colonus (Warner Bros.)
35. Lyres: On Fyre (Ace of Hearts)
36. The Everly Brothers: EB 84 (Mercury)
37. P. Funk All-Stars: Urban Dancefloor Guerillas (CBS Associated/Uncle Jam ’83)
38. Del Fuegos: The Longest Day (Slash)
39. The Special AKA: In the Studio (Chrysalis)
40. Rickie Lee Jones: The Magazine (Warner Bros.)

*Includes 1983 votes: Lauper 83 (7); Womack & Womack 36 (4); Clinton 83 (8); ZZ Top 90 (9); P. Funk All-Stars 57 (6).

This poll compiles ballots from 240 critics, each of whom divided 100 points among 10 1984 LP’s. Maximum points per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total mentions (indicated in parentheses) used to break ties.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – Soundtrack


Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Colored Vinyl LP (Includes 2 Posters)

Roy Head & The Traits–Treat Her Right
The Bob Seger System*–Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
No Artist–Boss Radio
Featuring – Humble Harve*
Deep Purple–Hush
No Artist–Mug Root Beer Advertisement
The Village Callers–Hector
Buchanan Brothers (2)–Son Of A Lovin’ Man
Chad & Jeremy–Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course
No Artist–Tanya’s Tanning Butter Advertisement
Paul Revere & The Raiders–Good Thing
Paul Revere & The Raiders–Hungry
Box Tops–Choo Choo Train
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels–Jenny Take A Ride
Deep Purple–Kentucky Woman
Buffy Sainte-Marie–The Circle Game
No Artist–Boss Radio
Featuring – The Real Don Steele*
Simon & Garfunkel–Mrs. Robinson
No Artist–Numero Uno Advertisement
Los Bravos–Bring A Little Lovin’
No Artist–Suddenly / Heaven Sent Advertisement
No Artist–Vagabond High School Reunion
No Artist–KHJ Los Angeles Weather Report
No Artist–The Illustrated Man Advertisement / Ready For Action
Dee Clark–Hey Little Girl
No Artist–Summer Blonde Advertisement
Neil Diamond–Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show
Robert Corff–Don’t Chase Me Around
Paul Revere & The Raiders–Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon
José Feliciano–California Dreamin’
I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni–Dynamite Jim (English Version)
Vanilla Fudge–You Keep Me Hangin’ On (Quentin Tarantino Edit)
Maurice Jarre–Miss Lilly Langtry
No Artist–KHJ Batman Promotion

Monuments to Failed Rebels / Traitors

The question loomed again – massively so – a few minutes later as we strolled down Richmond’s most famous, or infamous, street: Monument Avenue. The boulevard was lined with statues of the Confederacy’s Holy Trinity – Davis, Lee and Jackson – and of two of their ablest lieutenants, Jeb Stuart and Matthew Fontaine Maury, a naval commander and brilliant oceanographer.

Having grown up near Washington, where most residents remained oblivious to ubiquitous pigeon-spattered statues of Union generals, I’d never really understood why people made such a fuss over Monument Avenue. But as we peered up at Robert E. Lee astride a rippling steed, I was taken aback. Lee’s bronze statue, set upon a white granite pedestal, stood sixty-one feet. The sculptor had substituted a French hunting horse for Lee’s wartime mount; Traveller was judged too slender a model for such a titanic equestrian. The other monuments were almost as imposing. And their placement on a tree-lined boulevard more than fifty yards wide gave the statues a dominating presence in what was otherwise a low-roofed residential district.

The scale of Monument Avenue also amplified the weirdness of the whole enterprise. After all, Davis and Lee and Jackson and Stuart weren’t national heroes. In the view of many Americans, they were precisely the opposite: leaders of a rebellion against the nation -separatists at best, traitors at worst. None of those honored were native Richmonders. And their mission failed. They didn’t call it the Lost Cause for nothing. I couldn’t think of another city in the world that lined its streets with stone leviathans honoring failed rebels against the state.

Confederates in the Attic 
Tony Horwitz

Even so, the monuments were at the heart of Richmond’s identity and were backed by powerful residents, and the fact that they came down seemed to surprise almost everybody.

“If you would have told me that the monuments were going to go down, I would have thought somebody would blow up Richmond first before anyone would have let that happen,” Mr. Bailey said. “I think it’s a modern-day miracle.”

Virginia Removes Robert E. Lee Statue From State Capital
The Confederate memorial was erected in 1890, the first of six monuments that became symbols of white power along the main boulevard in Richmond.
Sept. 8, 2021

Proclamation of the Striking Textile Workers of Lawrence, 1912

We, the 20,000 textile workers of Lawrence, are out on strike for the right to live free from slavery and starvation; free from overwork and underpay; free from a state of affairs that had become so unbearable and beyond our control, that we were compelled to march out of the slave pens of Lawrence in united resistance against the wrongs and injustice of years and years of wage slavery.

In our fight we have suffered and borne patiently the abuse and calumnies of the mill owners, the city government, police, militia, State government, legislature, and the local police court judge. We feel that in justice to our fellow workers we should at this time make known the causes which compelled us to strike against the mill owners of Lawrence. We hold that as useful members of society and as wealth producers we have the right to lead decent and honorable lives; that we ought to have homes and not shacks; that we ought to have clean food and not adulterated food at high prices; that we ought to have clothes suited to the weather and not shoddy garments. That to secure sufficient food, clothing and shelter in a society made up of a robber class on the one hand and a working class on the other hand, it is absolutely necessary for the toilers to band themselves together and form a union, organizing its powers in such form as to them seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Voices of a People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove

One of the most dramatic labor struggles in American history took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1912 when textile workers, mostly women, European immigrants speaking a dozen different languages, carried on a strike during the bitterly cold months of January to March 1912. Despite police violence and hunger, they persisted, and were victorious against the powerful textile mill owners. Borrowing from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the following strike declaration, issued by the workers of Lawrence, was translated into the many languages of the immigrant textile workers in Massachusetts and circulated around the world.

Vietnam – Jimmy Cliff

Hey, Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam
Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam

Yesterday I got a letter from my friend
Fighting in Vietnam
And this is what he had to say
‘Tell all my friends that I’ll be coming home soon
My time it’ll be up some time in June
Don’t forget, he said to tell my sweet Mary
Her golden lips as sweet as cherries

And it came from
Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam
Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam

It was just the next day his mother got a telegram
It was addressed from Vietnam
Now mistress Brown, she lives in the USA
And this is what she wrote and said
Don’t be alarmed, she told me the telegram said
But mistress Brown your son is dead

And it came from
Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam
Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam
Somebody please stop that war now

It was just the next day his mother got a telegram
It was addressed from Vietnam
Now mistress Brown, she lives in the USA
And this is what she wrote and said
Don’t be alarmed, she told me the telegram said
Oh, but mistress Brown your son is dead

And it came from
Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam
Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam
Somebody please stop it

Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam
Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam
What I’m saying now somebody stop that war

Desultory Vietnam War Quotes

“There may be a limit beyond which many Americans and much of the world will not permit the United States to go. The picture of the world’s greatest superpower killing or seriously injuring 1,000 non-combatants a week, while trying to pound a tiny, backward nation into submission on an issue whose merits are hotly disputed, is not a pretty one.” —Robert McNamara in a memo to President Lyndon Johnson on May 19, 1967.

“Hey, Hey LBJ, How many kids did you kill today?” —A protest chant that first became popular in late 1967.

“We have reached an important point where the end begins to come into view.” —General William C. Westmoreland speaking to the National Press Club on November 21, 1967 as part of a Johnson administration effort to shore up sagging public support for the war.

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” —AP correspondent Peter Arnett quoting a U.S. major on the decision to bomb and shell Ben Tre on February 7, 1968 after Viet Cong forces overran the city in the Mekong Delta forty-five miles south of Saigon during the Tet Offensive.