"I remember he asked his father, 'Can this be true? This is the twentieth century, not the Middle Ages. Who would allow such crimes to be commited? How could the world remain silent?' And now the boy is turning to me. 'Tell me," he asks, 'what have you done with my future, what have you done with your life?' And I tell him that I have tried. That I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget we are guilty, we are accomplices. And then I explain to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remained silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation."
Currently not digging: baseless and ridiculous conspiracy theories, REBNY, loud-talkers (particularly Wall Street types brokering deals on their cell-phones), and as always, the MTA.
Currently digging: a nice glass of Vermentino after a long-ass day of work, the inspiring writing of Rosa Luxemburg, the genius sounds of Thelonious Monk, attempting to live healthy, and the new monumental reissue of Feel The Darkness.
Was there a better group dynamic from a rock band at this point in history? I doubt it. Next-level stuff right here, which is quite possibly even better than the Live At Leeds show. The second Bill Graham finishes his intro, the band come out intent on nothing but total rock-action. The version of "Heaven And Hell" is surely one of the greatest documented first songs of a rock set. Stunning!
The Brooklyn Paramount (“America’s First Theater Built For Sound”) helped bring jazz to Brooklyn with artists like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis playing the theater. In 1943 singer Leo Fuld introduced Yiddish music on the stage, and in the 1950s Alan Freed’s legendary rock‘n’roll shows kicked off with acts including Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and Buddy Holly. Others that graced the stage: Ray Charles, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Bobby Rydell, Brenda Lee, Johnny Burnett, Dion, Bo Diddley, Chubby Checker, the Drifters, Coasters, and Little Anthony & The Imperials! The final live rock'n'roll stage show was with Jackie Wilson and an all-star cast but sadly the theatre was shuttered shortly afterwards and now stands as part of Long Island University.
"When I was very young, I admired hardened criminals locked behind prison doors; I visited inns and taverns they frequented; with their eyes, I saw the blue sky and the blossoming work of the fields; I tracked their scent through cities. They were more powerful than saints, more prudent than explorers — and they, they alone, were witnesses to glory and reason!"