Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Lemmy’s dead

Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, bassist and vocalist for Motörhead and one of the seemingly indestructible figures of hard rock, has died at age 70. Two days earlier, he’d be diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. The amazing thing is why he wasn’t dead by 35. He lived a hard-rock life.

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Mon, December 28 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Lemmy’s dead

BBC Radio 1 listeners to hear ‘Fairytale of New York’ uncensored

The Pogues’ Christmas classic, Fairytale of New York, is laced with salty language — language that BBC managers decided was inappropriate for its listenership. But lo, there’s been a change of heart. The heavy hand of censorship is being lifted!

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Thu, December 3 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on BBC Radio 1 listeners to hear ‘Fairytale of New York’ uncensored

A splendid end to the glorious career of the Grateful Dead

  Formed in San Francisco in 1965, the Grateful Dead capped its 50-year performing career with its five-show Fare Thee Well tour, the last of which occurred Sunday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

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Mon, July 6 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on A splendid end to the glorious career of the Grateful Dead

‘Decline of Western Civilization’ films re-released

From the NYT (“Penelope Spheeris Reissues ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ Films“): The arrival of “The Decline of Western Civilization Collection” as a pristine extras-filled box set from Shout Factory this week is to budding punks what a new “Star Wars” movie is to, well, all the other kids: something they never thought they’d get to […]

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Sun, June 28 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ films re-released

Patti Smith in concert, 1979

That Eric Alper has posted a full-length concert video of the Patti Smith Group performing at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey more than 35 years ago. Enjoy.

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Thu, April 16 2015 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Patti Smith in concert, 1979

Soul singer Percy Sledge passes on

Another soul great has passed away. Percy Sledge died at his home in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday. He was 74. Here is a recording of his most famous hit, When A Man Loves A Woman, released in 1966: See this Pitchfork article (“‘When a man loves a woman’ singer Percy Sledge has died“) for […]

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Tue, April 14 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Soul singer Percy Sledge passes on

‘Fortunate Son’

This late 1960s Creedence Clearwater Revival tune was a famous protest song of the Vietnam War era. Its name was used as a book title for a critical tome on former U.S. president George W. Bush:

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Mon, November 11 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on ‘Fortunate Son’

And the band played ‘Waltzing Matilda’

My favourite Remembrance Day song, courtesy of the Pogues:

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Mon, November 11 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on And the band played ‘Waltzing Matilda’

10 years of missing Johnny Cash

It’s been a decade since we lost the Man in Black. This blog didn’t exist when Johnny Cash died, so consider this a long-awaited catch-up post.

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Thu, September 12 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on 10 years of missing Johnny Cash

Goodbye Richie Havens

Folk singer Richie Havens died today at age 72. Here he is performing “Freedom” at the Woodstock Festival in 1969:

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Mon, April 22 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Goodbye Richie Havens