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London Calling At 35

The Clash is one of my favorite bands. Sometimes they are my favorite band — it goes back and forth.

If you love the band or — at this late date — if you are new to their music, this series of short docs is a great introduction and a remembrance of one of the best groups in the history of rock; record to record, style to style, sound to sound.

The Clash burned bright and The Clash burned short, but they continue to illuminate music that matters, and, in their own way, they cast their light from Elvis Presley to the crunching guitars coming out of garages around the world to this day.

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of their masterpiece, London Calling, here are all the members of The Clash recounting the triumphs and trials of their incandescent career. This is Audio Ammunition: “This is Radio Clash from pirate satellite…”

Stay Awake!… Read the rest

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Robert Johnson Opened the Gates of Hell for Elvis Presley

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Robert Johnson supposedly made a deal with the Devil to obtain his blues licks and Elvis Presley was the televised Son of God. How appropriate that they share a death day at RockStarMartyr.net:

Even after the abolition of slavery, life in the Mississippi cotton fields was brief, brutal, and as boring as an aging preacher’s Sunday sermon. No wonder fieldworkers sought the fleeting comforts of cheap moonshine and loose women at the Saturday night juke joints.

Robert Johnson could mix it up with the best of them, but he was never one for hard work. His bizarre, spider-like fingers weren’t intended for cotton-pickin’ and penny-pinchin’. They were made for crawling across guitar necks, whiskey bottles, and the legs of middle-aged sugar mamas. If Johnson was going to suffer hell to make a dollar, it would be as a wayfaring musician. His road was full of adventure and ecstasy, but ended in hell just the same.… Read the rest

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