Tag: History

The Lost Cause Mythology

The important Lost Causes in history have all been at heart compelling stories about noble defeats that were, with time, forged into political movements of renewal: the French after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 and the profound need for national revanche; Germany after the Great War and its “stab in the back” theory that led over the 1920s to the rise of the nationalism and racism of the Nazis; and the white South after our Civil War. All Lost Causes find their lifeblood in lies, big and small, lies born of beliefs in search of a history that can be forged into a story and mobilize masses of people to act politically, violently, and in the name of ideology.

The story demands a religious loyalty. It must be protected, reinforced, practiced in ritual and infused with symbols. What is the Trumpian claim of a stolen election but an elaborate fiction that fights to make the reality and truth of the unbelievers irrelevant. Some myths are benign as cultural markers; but others are rooted in big lies so strong as engines of resentment that they can fill parade grounds and endless political rallies, or motivate the storming of the U.S. Capitol in a quixotic attempt to overthrow an election.

How Trumpism May Endure
The Confederacy built a lasting myth of victory out of defeat. Trump and his followers may, too.

David Blight, NYTIMES

Remembering the Civil War – Confederates in the Attic Quote

Times were better now. Haynes sold her baskets for $30 each—more, she reckoned, than her father cleared in a year. I let her fool me out of $30 for one. As I got up to go, I asked how she felt about her neighbor selling rebel trinkets in an adjoining stall.

Haynes shrugged, gathering fronds in her lap for a fresh basket. “They can remember that war all they want,” she said. “So long’s they remember they lost.”

Horwitz, Tony. Confederates in the Attic

10 Most Legendary Rock and Roll Clubs – VH1 List

10. Cafe Wha?
Location: 115 MacDougal St., New York, New York
Who Played There: Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Paul & Mary, The Velvet Underground

9. The Cavern
Location: 10 Matthew Street, Liverpool, England
Who Played There: The Beatles, The Who, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Johnny Lee Hooker, The Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, The Wanted, Adele, The Beatles…

8. CBGB
Location: 315 Bowery, New York, New York (now closed)
Who Played There: The Ramones, Patti Smith, Television, Talking Heads, Misfits, Blondie

7. Crocodile Cafe (now The Crocodile)
Location: 2200 2nd Ave., Seattle, Washington
Who Played There: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Mudhoney, the Posies

6. The Fillmore (West and East)
Locations: (West) 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, California and (East) 525 E 11th St., New York, New York (now closed)
Who Played Here: Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Allman Brother’s Band, Neil Young, Derek & The Dominoes, and Miles Davis

5. The Hacienda
Location: 11-13 Whitworth St. West, Manchester, England (closed)
Who Played There: New Order, the Happy Mondays, Madonna, the Stone Roses, the Smiths

4. The Troubadour
Location: 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, California
Who Played There: Elton John, James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, Love, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, Guns N’ Roses

3. Whisky a Go Go
Location: 8901 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, California
Who Played There: The Doors, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Johnny Rivers, Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa, Arthur Lee and Love, Motley Crue, Red Hot Chili Peppers…for a start

2. The 40 Watt Club
Location: 285 West Washington St., Athens, Georgia
Who Played There: R.E.M., The B-52s, Indigo Girls, Modern Skirts, Pylon

1. The 100 Club
Location: 100 Oxford Street, London, England
Who Played There: Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, The Clash, Siouxie & The Banshees, The Damned

http://www.vh1.com/news/51851/the-10-most-legendary-rock-clubs-of-all-time/

Lollapalooza Lineup – 1995

North America

Dates: July 4, 1995 – August 18, 1995

Main StageSonic YouthHoleCypress HillPavementSinéad O’Connor (first few shows; bowed out due to pregnancy), Elastica (replaced O’Connor, as did Moby for a few shows), BeckThe Jesus LizardThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Side StageCoolioDoo RagPossum DixonPoster ChildrenYo La TengoBrainiacThe CoctailsGeraldine FibbersThe DambuildersLaikaThe PharcydeTuscaderoBuilt to SpillHeliumRedman, St. Johnny, Dirty ThreeMike WattVersusHumBlonde RedheadThe Roots, Blowhole, The Zeros, Pork Queen, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Sabalon Glitz, PsychoticaPatti Smith, Overpass, MobySuperchunkBeck (acoustic, generally), Spring Heel Jack U.S.A., Ariel, Incredibly Strange WrestlingGary Young’s HospitalDandelion

“Lab Stage”: Shallow, Lucifer Wong, Clod Hopper 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Lollapalooza_lineups_by_year#1995

The Rolling Stones, Trump, and Atlantic City

Atlantic City wasn’t where you’d expect to find the Rolling Stones in 1989. It was, for the most part, a mecca for East Coast pensioners who couldn’t endure the trip to Vegas. Church groups would show up by the busload, throw nickels in the slots, feast on a free buffet, and reboard the bus before nightfall. Frankie Valli was as rock ‘n’ roll as it got. Donald Trump lured the Stones to this den of decadence with a huge offer. It called for three concerts, December 17, 19, and 20, at the Atlantic City Convention Center, next to Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. It’d be the Stones’ last stop of the tour.

…Trump bought these shows outright for $6 million – a ton of money back then – so he was the boss. He, not the Stones, determined the ticket prices. He also got to sell/distribute the tickets however he wanted. For the December 17 show, he comped the best seats to his high rollers. Blue-haired old ladies and guys who reeked of Vitalis. They couldn’t name a single Stones song, but when they saw the value of their tickets – $500 a pair – they couldn’t resist the perk. The Stones weren’t happy, but it was their own fault for making Trump their boss for the week. At a preconcert press conference, they avoided all photo ops with him and threatened to leave if he came near them.

German, Bill. Under Their Thumb

Freedom Highway – The Staple Singers

March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around

There is just one thing
I can’t understand, my friend
Why some folks think freedom
Is not designed for all men

There are so many people
Living their lives perplexed
Wonderin’ in their minds
What’s gonna happen next
That’s why we’re gonna

March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around

Found dead people in the forest
Tallahatchie River and lakes
The whole world is wonderin’
What’s wrong with the United States?

March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around

Found dead people in the forest
Tallahatchie River and lakes
The whole world is wonderin’
What’s wrong with the United States?

Yes, we want peace
If it can be found
We’re marching freedom highway
And we’re not gonna turn around

That’s why we’re gonna
March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
Made up my mind

March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day, yeah yeah yeah
March down freedom highway, oh yeah
Marchin’ each and every day
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around
That I won’t turn around