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Book Review: Performance Insight for Musicians by Walter Beasley

I guess I expected more from this book than it delivered. Read More »

Book Review: Busted! Drug War Survival Skills-From the Buy to the Bust to Begging for Mercy by M. Chris Fabricant, Defense Attorney

"No event more illustrates the failure of the 'Just Say No' campaign than a rave."-Peter Jennings Read More »

CD Review: Ricky Nelson-Greatest Hits

“Ricky’s talent was very accessible to me. I felt we had a lot in common. In a few years’ time he’d record some of my songs, make them sound like they were his own, like he had written them himself.”-Bob Dylan Twenty years ago, December 31, 1985 Ricky Nelson died in a tragic plane crash. This month PBS aired Ricky ... Read More »

Book Review: The Xeno Solution by Nelson Erlick

What if a donor organ was immediately available for use in a liver transplant? What if kidney dialysis became a thing of the past due to an abundance of donor kidneys for a transplant? In The Xeno Solution by Dr. Nelson Erlick such a fictional world exists. But it is an imperfect world. Main character Dr. Scott Merritt is a ... Read More »

Alito Anti-Gay?

Bush-nominated candidate for the Supreme Court, Samuel A. Alito, Jr. apparently agrees that Christian students should be able to speak out against homosexuality, at least in State College, PA. In an opinion filed February 14, 2001 with the US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit striking down a school district anti-harassment policy, Saxe v. State College Area School District, Judge Samuel ... Read More »

Review: Fever Pitch DVD

Is Jimmy Fallon the Jack Lemmon of the 21st century? Could be if he makes about 70 more films. In Fever Pitch he plays a teacher who is a Boston Red Sox fanatic. A scaled-down replica of the “green monster” in his apartment fanatic. Fallon channels Lemmon as the sweet, lovable, bumbling sap (well maybe not sap; he is a ... Read More »

Ford Escorting Fired White-Collar Execs Off Premises

Ford Motor Company has begun escorting fired white-collar workers from the premises. In a story in today’s Detroit Free Press company CEO Bill Ford is quoted “… it’s kinder to make our separations in this fashion ….” The company lost $907-million in April through June this year. At a meeting in June executives discussed cutting 30% of its white-collar jobs. ... Read More »

The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis 1980-1991 by George Cole

“Music does not depend on being right, on having good taste and education and all that.” “Indeed, then what does it depend on?” “On making music, Herr Haller, on making music as well and as much as possible and with all the intensity of which one is capable. That is the point, Monsieur.” -Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf I had the great ... Read More »

F.B.I. Spying On A.C.L.U., Greenpeace

In a story today, the New York Times reports that the F.B.I. has reports on the A.C.L.U., Greenpeace, the American Indian Movement of Colorado, and United for Peace and Justice. There are a reported 2,400 pages of information on Greenpeace which has protested the Bush administration’s environmental policies and the war in Iraq. There are 1,200 pages on the A.C.L.U. ... Read More »

Review: MC5 – Kick Out the Jams DVD

One of my greatest claims to semi-fame/obscurity is the fact that I was present on the Zenta New Year in 1968 at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit when Kick Out the Jams was recorded. Recording took place over two nights and I was present at the first. The image of brother J.C. Crawford exhorting the crowd is forever etched …, ... Read More »