The Godfather of Soul has spoken.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – James Brown – live at the 1981 Montreux Festival – RSR (Swiss Radio)
It’s the Godfather of Soul this weekend – the legendary James Brown, recorded in concert at the 1981 Montreux Festival.
There isn’t a whole lot anybody can say about James Brown, that hasn’t been said and reiterated hundreds of times before. All I can say is, after running one of his Hollywood Bowl concerts f rom 1968 some time back, it’s amazing the energy and vitality was still intact. Certainly a tribute to the amazing artist who influenced so many during his career.
If, for some unknown reason, you’re not familiar with James Brown, and never got a chance to see him in concert, here is the next best thing.
And for Labor Day Weekend, there’s nothing like a few words from The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.
Made us what we are today – paranoid.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Radio – Second Sunday: J.Edgar Hoover’s FBI – May, 1971 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Long before the days of Internet spying, domestic surveillance and government intrusion on privacy, we had J.Edgar Hoover.
Hoover was the man behind the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he made is his domain for forty-eight years.
Staunchly anti-Communist, and one who believed sincerely we were under attack by forces in Moscow bent on subverting the American way of life.
When time came for his retirement, Hoover would have none of it and persuaded President Lyndon Johnson to waive the requirement for retirement at 65 and went on to head the FBI almost up until his death in 1972.
Hoover, as many speculated, used the office of the FBI as a private police force; routinely investigating figures deemed to be dangerous, or just wanting to dig up dirt on political enemies. He held an enormous amount of power over members of Congress and other high figures in government. And it was most likely this form of career-killing blackmail that allowed J. Edgar Hoover to wield the power to the extent he did for as long as he did.
In 1971 NBC Radio, as part of their Second Sunday documentary series, devoted the better part of an hour to looking at the FBI and how it worked.
It’s fascinating listening, particularly in light of revelations about our current system of surveillance and the NSA.
Things just don’t change all that much – they just get different names and different faces in charge.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – 10,000 Maniacs in concert at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London – 1988 – BBC 6 Music
Jumping into the 80s tonight with a concert by 10,000 Maniacs, live in London at the Sadlers Wells Theatre in 1988 and recorded by the venerable BBC 6 Music.
During that lull where New Wave and Techno were in the decline, and Grunge and Madchester hadn’t quite made their entrance, 10,000 Maniacs were an immensely popular band that embraced elements of Folk, Indie, Country and basic Americana. The captivating voice of Natalie Merchant came to epitomize the genre, and even when she pursued a solo career beginning in 1993, she was still indelibly associated with the Roots Rock sound 10,000 Maniacs came to embody.
They were also well liked overseas, and this London concert gives ample proof they were just as popular over there as they were here. The band are still together, having gone through several personnel changes over the year. This concert from 1988 features them at their peak.
If you aren’t familiar, now’s your chance. If you are familiar, I don’t need to pressure you into hitting the “play” button.
- Tunesday-10,000 Maniacs (rendezvouswithrenee.com)